Lew Lukens, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in London is to make the keynote speech at the International Day of Peace Conference at the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre.
The 21st September is the United Nations International Peace Day. This year the theme of the day celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration states that “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” These elements build the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.
Terrorism and violent conflict challenges that declaration. Twenty-five years ago terrorists attacked Warrington killing three-year-old Johnathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry. The parents of Tim started a movement for peace, establishing a Foundation and Peace Centre, with the aim that victims of terrorism could become survivors of terrorism and bring about real change through their advocacy and teaching.
On International Peace Day, we are calling upon people affected by terrorism to come together in solidarity to uphold the “Right to Peace” and to announce plans to create an international network of survivors who will campaign and work for peace.
The conference will take place at the iconic Peace Centre and will feature speakers and contributors and Lew will present the keynote address to close the conference.
As Deputy Chief of Mission, he serves as Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom.From 2014-2016 Lew was the Department of State’s Diplomat in Residence for the Northwest; based at UC Berkeley, he was responsible for recruitment and outreach for the Department of State in Montana, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and northern California. Lew was Ambassador to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau from 2011-2014, running one of the U.S.’s largest embassies in Africa.
As Executive Director of the Department of State’s Executive Secretariat from 2008-2011, he directed all management support for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including her overseas travel. From 2005-2008 he was Consul General in Vancouver, BC, managing U.S. relations with Western Canada. From 2001 to 2005 he served as Senior Director for Administration at the National Security Council, as Management Counselor in Dublin, and as Executive Secretary in Baghdad.
Earlier assignments included Australia, Cote d’Ivoire, and China, as well as several postings in the Department of State’s Executive Secretariat.
Lew has an AB in History from Princeton University and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.