Ives named to board of Oscar Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress

March 14, 2011 - David Ives, executive director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute, has been named to the board of directors at the Oscar Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress. Ives joined the U.S.A. Board of Directors of the not-for-profit, Costa Rica-based organization that promotes democracy, gender equality, disarmament and demilitarization.

Arias is the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former president of Costa Rica. Arias won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end civil wars raging in several Central American countries. He is a member of the institute's Honorary Board.

"I am absolutely delighted and honored to be chosen," Ives said. "President Arias has always been a hero of mine for his courage in bringing an end to conflicts in Central America and for his commitment to peaceful resolution of conflict and to decreasing the amount of weapons in the world that are solely used to kill human beings."

In his new role, Ives says he will work to support the joint efforts of the Arias Foundation and the Schweitzer Institute to make the world safer and help people learn to resolve differences without violence. "I cannot think of more important work, and I look forward to working with the Arias Foundation over the coming year," Ives said.