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Geneva Peace Talks




"Peace without Borders"

Geneva Peace Talks


Friday, 21 September 2018
16:00-18:00 followed by a reception
Palais des Nations, Room XVIII



Open to the Public
Registration is mandatory



The United Nations General Assembly has declared 21 September 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, Interpeace and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform.



Organized under the theme “Peace Without Borders,” this year’s Geneva Peace Talks aim to encourage and promote breaking out of silos and working together to generate common understandings and solutions in today’s times where uncertainty has become the new norm.

Through personal stories, speakers will share tangible experiences and ideas to highlight their efforts to promote peace that go beyond borders- be they in the mind, geographic, political or physical boundaries. Speakers include a female medical doctor who works to help women survivors of war sexual violence, a young refugee who fled violence in Iraq via Syria and now lives, studies and is a youth delegate in the UN Refugee Agency in Switzerland, the founder and director of the only museum exclusively focused on the experience of childhoods affected by war and two middle-eastern youth promoting respect for human rights in their communities.

Each inspirational “Peace Talk” will emphasize personal stories to motivate and empower audience members to work toward creating peace in their own communities. The talks highlights that, now more than ever, we need to work together to achieve long lasting peace. The Geneva Peace Talks symbolically stand for a Geneva spirit to resolve conflict through finding common ground amongst diversity and this year aims to contribute to this path towards more peaceful societies.

Click here for more information on the speakers. The flyer announcing the event can be found here.

This year’s edition is held in partnership with the Geneva Democratic Control of Armed Forces, Initiatives of Change International, Fondation Hirondelle, the Right Livelihood Award and Generations for Peace. This event is made possible with the generous support of the Swiss Confederation, the Republic and State of Geneva, the City of Geneva and Mirabaud Bank.