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20 September: International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

Geneva Peace Talks, 20 September 2013

'Geneva Peace Talks' is a public event organized on the occasion of the International Day of Peace in partnership between the United Nations Office at Geneva, the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform and Interpeace. The event aims to catalyze practice and ideas on themes related to peace that resonate from Geneva's diverse community of practice and the broader peacebuilding field.

"What does peace mean to you?"

The theme of the first 'Geneva Peace Talks' was "What does peace mean to you ?" Speakers related their own personal stories about practical involvement in peacebuilding, dispute resolution, or violence reduction, emphasizing how their engagement shaped their own understanding of peace. It showed how multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral peace really is, and how we need to draw on all disciplines to foster sustainable peace. Speakers and participants looked at what peace means within their own lives and to have a better sense of what they can do to play a more active role in promoting peace. The theme also aimed to trigger reflection among the audience about what peace means to them.

'Geneva Peace Talks' 2013 took place on 20 September – the day before Peace Day - from 16:00-19:00, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

If you missed the event you can watch the webcast here!

You can also follow the live tweeting that took place at #GenevaPeaceTalks

Speakers included:
  • Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan, Founder of the Horn of Africa Development Initiative, Kenya
  • Dimitar Andonov, Market Operations Manager Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia, The Coca-Cola Company
  • George A. Kohlrieser, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at IMD business school Lausanne; former hostage negotiator, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Kwacakworo, Former Professor of French Literature at the University of Khartoum, Davos, Switzerland
  • Antoine Laham, Programme Manager to the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Bern, Switzerland
  • Dennis McNamara, Senior Humanitarian Advisor, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Léa Narjoud, Collège Jeanne d'Arc à Gex, France
  • Jeremy Lack, independent lawyer and conflict mediator, Geneva, Switzerland
  • James Shilue, peacebuilder, Director of P4DP, Liberia
  • Noam Shuster, peacebuilder, Communications Officer, Interpeace, Israel
  • Christopher Vakkur, The International School of Geneva, Switzerland

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We look forward to seeing you 19 September 2014 at the next Geneva Peace Talks!

The event was made possible with the generous support of the Fondation pour Genève, the Swiss Confederation, the Republic and State of Geneva ; and is organized in association with the City of Geneva.