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 peoples.
Launched in 2013, the Geneva Peace Talks is an annual, 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 Geneva Peace Talks bring together people from different sectors and their ideas related to peace to expand the space for discussions on conflict resolution, peacebuilding and practical solutions to violent conflict.
Geneva Peace Talks, 19 September 2014 – “Let’s talk peace"
The theme of the Geneva Peace Talks 2014 was “Let’s talk peace!”
Speakers relate their own personal stories about how overcoming barriers to communication could open spaces for resolving conflict and making peace, in everyday life and on a global scale. Speakers drew on their practical involvement in peacebuilding, communications, peace negotiations or violence reduction, emphasizing the importance of communication and dialogue across lines of conflict.
The Geneva Peace Talks featured a diversity of speakers from across several disciplines and walks of life. At the same time the theme was to trigger a reflection in the audience about how we can overcome barriers to communication that in turn open opportunities for resolving conflict and shape new visions for peace.
The Geneva Peace Talks 2014 took place on Friday, 19 September – two days before Peace Day - from 16:30-18:30, in Room XVII at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Videos of the Geneva Peace Talks 2013 are available at http://www.interpeace.org/peace-day/geneva-peace-talks/geneva-peace-talks-2013
The event was made possible with the generous support of the Fondation pour Genève, the Swiss Confederation, the Republic and State of Geneva, and the City of Geneva.