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Muslims are facing increased threats in the United States after the release of the movie American Sniper, an American Arab organisation said in...
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Ali began noticing them in early autumn, the men on street corners of his heavily Muslim neighbourhood who hoped to "talk about Islam" with him.
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The leader of the radical left-wing Syriza party, which was favourite to win Greece's parliamentary election on Sunday, said Europe must find an...
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Syriza’s victory would represent a dramatic milestone at a moment when Europe’s continuing economic crisis has stirred an angry, populist backlash...
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Exit polls suggest a clear victory for the anti-austerity Syriza party in a tightly fought Greek general election.
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Defending champions Arsenal reach the FA Cup fifth round but are forced to hang on for victory against Brighton.
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At least 16 people are killed in Egypt during street protests marking the fourth anniversary of the start of the 2011 uprising.
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Mr. Lungu, a member of the governing party, will serve out the remainder of the term of President Michael Sata, who died in office in October.
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Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Lagos hoping to encourage an orderly vote amid the continuing fight against the militant group Boko Haram.
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Irish airline Aer Lingus is set to approve a takeover bid by British Airways owner IAG, the BBC understands.
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Owen Farrell and Kyle Eastmond become the latest players England players to be injured ahead of the Six Nations.
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Japan's Kei Nishikori says the Australian Open feels like "home" ahead of his fourth round match against David Ferrer.
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Maiduguri, the major city in Nigeria’s northeast, was attacked from at least two directions by the Islamist militants, and initial reports suggested...
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A journalist believed to have been the first to report the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman says he has fled Argentina, fearing for his life.
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India and the US announce a breakthrough on a deal for supplying civilian nuclear technology, on the first day of President Barack Obama's visit.


January 15, 2015  more than 600 civic, business and philanthropic

In the winter of 2012, WPDI provided our key partner in

  • The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) extends to

Whitaker’s international influence is not limited to Hollywood. He’s

In South Sudan, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation

A speech about the conflict in South Sudan and how WPDI is helping to

Academy award winner Forest Whitaker visited Findley Elementary in Des

Forest Whitaker, an Oscar-winning actor, was at Des Moines' Findley

Forest Whitaker returns to inspire Des Moines students

People Magazine, “Forest Whitaker Uses His Start Power to Fight for

RTT News, “Forest Whitaker Honored for His Civil Rights Work in Uganda

United Nations Radio, “Forest Whitaker launches peace organization in

Zain Company, “Forest Whitaker visits Zain South Sudan offices to

“A Message from UNESCO’s Forest Whitaker on Peace in South Sudan”,

Ericsson website, “Peace Initiative launched in Mexico with Forest

UNESCO Courier, “Child Soldiers: a new life ahead” Forest Whitaker

UNESCO, Culture, “Forest Whitaker: ‘This is the new hope of humanity

UN Earth News, “UN Day of Peace: Sustainable peace for a sustainable

CNN, “Actor Forest Whitaker marks 10th Anniversary of Intl. Day of

Yahoo News, “Social Good Summit: Forest Whitaker on embracing

Starkey Hearing Foundation, “March Newsletter: Forest Whitaker Joins

Hollywood Life article by Shauna Murphy, “Oprah Winfrey presented her ‘


Our Work in Photos

Our Partners

  • UNESCO is a specialized agency of the UN. It aims to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information along with fundamental principles proclaimed in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • The IIP at Rutgers University in New Jersey promotes sustainable peace rooted in human rights, respect for cultural diversity, and the elimination of poverty. The organization was co-founded by Forest Whitaker of which he serves as Chairman. The current Director is Kurt Shock, a professor of the University and expert in Non-Violent Social Movements. The IIP is designed to educate the next generation of peace-building leaders. UNESCO and the IIP formally joined forces in 2012.

  • A New York-based international law firm, Chadbourne & Parke partners with various clients to promote their business objectives around the world. They offer a full range of legal services and deliver innovative and effective results drawing on their local expertise and relationships in their international platform of 12 offices across four continents. Recognized by Chambers Global in 36 practice areas in 12 regions, they have developed a unique focus on emerging markets and offer significant experience and depth in energy and infrastructure, international disputes, Latin American corporate and finance transactions, corporate M&A, and bankruptcy and financial restructuring.

  • BFI is a charitable organization that helps underprivileged children around the world to achieve a better future by promoting values like compassion, self-esteem, kindness, hope and the desire to help others. BFI funds arts and educational enrichment programs through partnerships with local and international organizations.

  • Ericsson is the world's leading provider of communications technology and services. Founded in 1876, Ericsson works to ensure that communications technology is a force for good and lasting change, where mobility and broadband play an ever-increasing role in the transformation of people, business and society. By working in public-private partnerships, Ericsson brings its competence, solutions, and innovations to respond to global challenges, and to continue its commitment to Technology for Good. In partnership with WPDI, Ericsson facilitates mobile connectivity and Internet access in South Sudan, Uganda and Mexico and supports WPDI through Connect To Learn, the global education initiative to bring a 21st century education students around the world.

  • The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), of which First Lady Michelle Obama is Honorary Chair, is an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues. It works with federal agencies and the private sector to initiate and support key programs in the arts and the humanities, particularly in education. Members of PCAH include public figures and presidentially appointed private individuals. In May of 2011, PCAH released the first comprehensive federal report on arts education in over a decade, Re-Investing in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools.

  • Zain is a leading telecommunications operator across the Middle East and North Africa providing mobile voice and data services to over 42.7 million active customers as of 31 December, 2012. Zain operates in: Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and South Sudan. In Lebanon, the company manages ‘touch’ on behalf of the government. In Morocco, Zain has a 15.5% stake in Wana Telecom, now branded ‘Inwi’, through a joint venture.

  • CSUDH (1960) is a highly diverse, urban university with close to 15,000 students, located in Southern California. The university prides itself on its outstanding faculty and friendly, studentcentered environment. CSUDH offers a broad selection of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs that reflect today's most relevant fields. Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts, CSUDH is also a national leader in distance learning. The university’s negotiation, conflict resolution, and peace-building programs provide students with a theoretical understanding of human conflict, while acquiring practical skills and techniques to resolve disputes in a wide variety of circumstances. An ethnically and culturally diverse campus population reflects the changing face of America and provides students a rich educational experience to prepare them for the business and cultural world of the 21st century.

  • Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelor's degree in 14 disciplines: Advertising Design, Business of Art & Design, Computer Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Located in Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 110 buildings, and enrolls nearly 1,300 students from 44 states and 53 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts.

  • Hope North Uganda is a non-governmental organization founded in 1998 as a response to the plight of young victims of the war in northern Uganda. Hope North works to educate and provide opportunity to some of Uganda’s most vulnerable and marginalized individuals: former child soldiers, orphans, and young people otherwise directly affected by Uganda’s civil wars. Originally founded out of urgency as a place of refuge, Hope North has grown into an organization operating a broad range of social programs including a secondary school, income generating activities, vocational training projects and community health projects.

  • The Swedish Postcode Lottery is one of the funding partners of WPDI for the Harmonizer Program in Mexico. It is one of Sweden’s most popular lotteries. The lottery’s vision is to contribute to a better world for people and planet, by donating all profits to charitable causes through their beneficiaries. The Swedish Postcode Lottery is part of the United Postcode Lotteries, which to date is the world’s 3rd largest private donor to charitable causes.

  • UABC is a public university in the Mexican state of Baja California. UABC is one of the 43 state universities throughout Mexico as part of the country's state university system. The Tijuana Campus was formally established in 2003 as a result of aiming to expand and solidify the academic spectrum and reach the socioeconomic and cultural needs of the region. UABC is one of the main partners of WPDI for the Harmonizer Program in Mexico.

  • The Association of Advancement for Mexico is a civil association that was established in 1980 as a result of a group of concerned Mexicans aiming to make positive change in Mexico. ASUME’s philosophy recognizes that every human being is able to improve and develop through an ongoing process of Personal Development training. ASUME’s training takes a holistic approach to personal development; one that aims to achieve physical and emotional balance.

  • BOI has been serving students, clients and friends since March 2005. Although group certifications are presented from time to time, BOI’s specialty is mentoring education — which offers unlimited possibilities of customization to address the unique needs of the student. Whether it is in a group format or one-on-one, the price for the certification courses is the same. The Institute offers three fundamental 10-Month Certifications Courses in: 1) Brain Nutrition Counseling, 2) Wellness/Life Coaching and 3) Psychology of Consciousness. Additionally the Institute presents an 8-Week Mastery Course in Psychology of Consciousness and an Awakening Program from the Advaita or Non-Duality perspective.

  • Instituto Mexicano de Yoga was founded in 2002 with the mission to offer all the information regarding to yoga. They organize a national yoga conference each year. They created the executive yoga program that has been implemented in corporations as P&G, Pfizer, Nextel, Campbells and Gatorade, among others.

  • The Handel Group is a corporate consulting and private coaching company which workswith top executives and management in organizations such as AOL, BASF, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, DaVita Inc., Sony-BMG, BP Beyond Petroleum, The New York Times Company and Vogue. Their coaches work one-on-one with executives, managers and personnel on developing leadership skills, solving issues and creating a culture of integrity and accountability within themselves and the company.

  • Established in the memory of Robert and Alice Strobel, their foundation aims to create a lasting legacy in their name that promotes equality and justice for the most vulnerable. As they did in life, their foundation will smooth life’s path for both people and animals around the world that need their help the most. As they shared a genuine concern for others, The Robert and Alice Strobel Foundation promises to operate with the first and foremost simple mission to care.

  • The Starkey Hearing Foundation uses hearing as a vehicle to reflect caring and improve the lives of individuals, families and communities around the world, by helping them reach their full potential. Hearing loss affects one in 10 Americans, and 63 million children worldwide, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that can help them. The Starkey Hearing Foundation fits and gives more than 100,000 hearing aids annually, and as a member of President Clinton’s Global Initiative, it has pledged to fit one million hearing aids this decade. In addition to giving the gift of hearing through worldwide hearing missions, the Starkey Hearing Foundation promotes hearing health awareness and education through the Listen Carefully initiative and provides hearing instruments to low-income Americans through the Hear Now program.