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In Memory of Bill Peters

Apr 10, 2014

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All of us at Tibet Foundation were deeply saddened by the news of the passing away of William (Bill) Peters who died peacefully on Saturday 29th March 2014 aged 90.

All of us at Tibet Foundation were deeply saddened by the news of the passing away of William (Bill) Peters who died peacefully on Saturday 29th March 2014 aged 90.

Bill was a great supporter of the Tibetan people. We all will sorely miss his intellectual and active approach to the Tibetan cause.
We offer our prayers and deep condolences to the family of Bill Peters.
Tibet Foundation
 
William (Bill) Peters C.M.G., L.V.O., MBE was a diplomat who was a co-founder of the Jubilee 2000 Drop the Debt campaign.
Bill was born at Morpeth, Northumberland, on the 28th September 1923. He studied Greats at Balliol College Oxford but his studies were interrupted by World War II when he saw active service with the 9th Ghurkha rifles. After the war he completed his studies in 1948 and went on to further study at the LSE and SOAS. 
Bill then joined the Colonial Service with a posting to the Gold Coast in 1950 where he worked to prepare for the transition to independence. He ran the 1971 Heads of Government Meeting in Singapore and shortly afterwards had a book on Diplomatic Services published. In 1977 he became British Ambassador to Uruguay. He went on to work as High Commissioner in Malawi before retiring from the Foreign Office in 1983.
Since retirement he was, inter alia, Chairman of LEPRA and the Tibet Society of the U.K. and member of the South Atlantic Council. Bill was also involved in the Tibet Foundations’ Tibetan Peace Garden project. A few years after retirement Bill met Martin Dent of Keele University and realised that Martin shared Bill’s concern at what they considered to be unsustainable levels of third world debt. They co-founded a campaign to write off third-world debt in time for the Millennium. They called this Jubilee 2000 in reference to the Old Testament Jubilee requirement to cancel debts every seven years. It was supported by the Anglican Church, with the Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, addressing a rally in Trafalgar Square with Bill and Martin and making Jubilee 2000 the subject of his New Year’s Day Millennium address on BBC 1. 
Bill received the Gandhi International Peace Award from the Gandhi Foundation in recognition of his efforts and of the success of the Jubilee 2000 campaign, which ‘made possible the provision of basic education and health-care to thousands of people.’ 
Funeral on Friday 11th April at St. Leonards Church, Rectory Road, Deal, Kent at 2pm.
No flowers but donations to The Jubilee Debt Campaign or The Tibet Foundation