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Geneva Peace Talks 2013


Venue: Room XVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

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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' 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 peace means to me"

The theme of the first 'Geneva Peace Talks' is "What peace means to me." Speakers will relate 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 will show how multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral peace really is, and how we need to draw on all disciplines to foster sustainable peace. Speakers and participants will look 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 aims to trigger reflection among the audience about what peace means to them.

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

Speakers will include:

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 and former hostage negotiator, Lausanne, Switzerland

Dennis McNamara, Senior Humanitarian Advisor, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva, Switzerland

Léa Narjoud, Collège Jeanne d'Arc, 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

Conradin Perner (alias Kwacakworo) Former Professor of French Literature at the University of Khartoum, first Honorary Citizen of the Republic of South Sudan for the protection of war-affected children, Davos, Switzerland

Antoine Laham, Programme Manager, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Bern, Switzerland

Christopher Vakkur, The International School of Geneva, Switzerland

You can follow developments at #GenevaPeaceTalks and at the following links:

Video contribution from:

Jeremy Gilley, Founder of Peace One Day, London, United Kingdom

Registration to participate in this event is obligatory, including for those already in possession of a badge that allows them access to the Palais des Nations. Interested participants are invited to register on-line before 17 September 2013. Please note that the number of seats is limited and registration will be closed once the capacity of the lecture hall has been reached.
Media accreditation
Representatives of the mass media – press, photo, radio, television and film – will need to be accredited for the coverage of the meeting. Please contact the United Nations Office at Geneva Information Service (fax: 022.917.0073 or e-mail: for all accreditation requests.


Made possible with the generous support of the Fondation pour Genève, the Swiss Confederation, the State of Geneva; and organized in association with the City of Geneva.