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UN Peace ribbon visits IIR Library

For Release Upon Receipt - October 8, 2009

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Institute of International Relations (IIR) Library has been granted guardianship of the United Nations (UN) Peace Ribbon from October 12th to 15th, 2009. This is the third year that the IIR Library has engaged in commemorating International Day of Peace.

The Library, in accepting to tend for, display and publicise this ribbon on campus, is joining a nationwide campaign aimed at promoting a culture of peace in Trinidad and Tobago. The Library at IIR is the second organization receiving the ribbon in Trinidad and Tobago, the first being the Soroptomist Club. 

The Peace Ribbon is part of a yearlong campaign by the UN which culminates next year on the International Day for Peace, which falls on September 21st, 2010. The aim of the Ribbon is to encourage public expression on their right to peace, by writing their piece, the theme therefore is a “Right to peace: Write your piece”. For more, see

For more information, please contact Tamara Brathwaite, Librarian at or (868) 662 2002 Ext. 2291.


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About the IIR Library

The Library at the Institute for International Relations is a postgraduate research library established in 1966 by way of a special grant from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Today, the Library houses a comprehensive collection of information resources on international relations with a focus on material covering the Caribbean and Latin American region. The Library operates as a reference library to the Campus Community and to the General Public since it does not lend the resources in its collection to non-institutional members.


About the Institute of International Relations

The Institute of International Relations (IIR) @ The University of The West Indies (UWI) is situated on the St. Augustine Campus in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The UWI IIR houses the most comprehensive collection of information resources in the world on the international relations of the Caribbean. The postgraduate Institute publishes the Journal of Caribbean International Relations, offers excellent research, teaching and consultative assistance to all stakeholders, and organises, sponsors or co-sponsors workshops, conferences and seminars relevant to the international relations challenges of the region. The mission of the Institute is to enhance understanding of Caribbean international relations, applying multidisciplinary perspectives, while contributing to related regional and national human resource development needs. Established in October 1966, IIR offers Diploma & MPhil/PhD in International Relations & MSc in Global Studies. It is proud of its more than 1,100 alums and recently hosted ACUNS’ 22nd AGM (see In 2008/9 it offered its MSc at ADEK in Suriname. IIR postgrads undertake annual study tours to Georgetown (CARICOM), Suriname (SADEK), Cuba and/or Panama. The Institute has close working links with the ACS, ECLAC, ILO, UNDP, UNIC & UNATT among others in Port of Spain and in 2009 has been involved in events around the Fifth Summit of Americas and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).


About UWI

Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.