Interpeace is pleased to invite you to attend the 10th edition of the Geneva PeaceTalks. Marking the International Day of Peace, the 2022 Geneva PeaceTalks will take place on Wednesday 21 September, from 4-5:15PM CEST in Room XVIII at the Palais des Nations and livestreamed online. The event will be followed by a reception at the Bar Serpent.
The 2022 edition revisits the theme of the first ever Geneva PeaceTalks in 2013: “What does peace mean to you?”
Through personal stories and experiences, 8 individuals will share their learnings and reflections on peace.
Commissioner Ann-Marie Orler from the United Nations’ Standing Police Capacity.
Ibaa Abusin, Horn of Africa Social Media Expert at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.
Wasim Almasri, Director of Programs for the Alliance of Middle East Peace and Eran Nissan, an Israeli peace activist and the COO of Mehazkim, an Israeli progressive movement.
Maged Al-Kholidy, a Yemeni activist and founder of Youth Without Borders Organization for Development, a Yemeni NGO focused on the role of youth in peacebuilding.
Amad Mian, co-founder of Dastaangoi, a creative platform challenging the traditional narrative of Pakistan through art, culture and people.
Amadou Dabitao, founder of the media platform BanlieusardNouveau.
Daria Mykolenko, Ukrainian opera singer.
Special remarks will be given by António Guterres, ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations and Tatiana Valovaya, 13th Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.
How do you define peace? As our planet continues to experience conflict in different forms – whether through outright war or systemic discrimination, how can we keep shaping peace? A good place to start is reflecting on our own definition of peace.
In addition to exploring the question “What does peace mean to you?”, some speakers will also address the United Nations’ official theme for the International Day of Peace, “End racism. Build peace.”
Racism and all forms of discrimination prevent the building of societies where all members can flourish. Entrenched hierarchies between humans, and between nature and humans, continue to cause undue harm to all living creatures on our planet. The dismantling of discriminatory structures is key to support equality and human rights everywhere. As our world faces more upheaval and uncertainty on all fronts, it is urgent for humans to choose compassion and empathy over suspicion and hatred.
Coming from different backgrounds and contributing different perspectives, each speaker will share their tangible experiences and ideas to inspire people to reflect on the meaning of peace and spark a discussion on how each and every one of us can contribute to creating a world that we can truly be proud of.
Every year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people.
The Geneva PeaceTalks are brought to you by the United Nations Office at Geneva, Interpeace, the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, the Swiss Government in partnership with B8 of Hope, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Mirabaud, Salesforce and Second Peninsula.
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