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International Day of Peace 2021: the Geneva PeaceTalks, 21 September

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As we begin to heal from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to help everyone recover better, build resilience, and transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.

The 9th edition of the Geneva PeaceTalks will be held on Tuesday 21 September 2021. Livestreamed from the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the event is organised under the United Nations’ official theme for the International Day of Peace: “Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable World”.

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Through short talks, eleven speakers from different walks of life and different parts of the globe will tell their stories, sharing their tangible learnings and ideas drawn from their experiences in the fields of climate change, dance, education, health, music and peacebuilding.

The eleven speakers sharing their vision of peace and recovery are:

  • Baaba Maal, singer, guitarist and founder of the NANN-K foundation.
  • Anil Soni, CEO of the WHO Foundation interviewed by Charlotte Kirby, Vice President of Global Strategic Relations at Salesforce.
  • Diwele Molale Lubi, choreographer, dance artist, conference speaker, teacher and artistic director at Matlosana Centre for the Arts.
  • Yves Daccord, Executive Chairman Harvard’s Edgelands Institute & former Director General of the ICRC and Hiba Qasas, Head of Secretariat of the Principles for Peace Initiative at Interpeace.
  • Lena Dobrowolska & Teo Ormond-Skeaping, an artist collaboration working with photography, documentary and narrative film, virtual reality, installation and research.
  • Héloïse HughesKareem Gomersall and Ksenia Vlasova-Kuznetsova, three high school students and co-founders of the student-led PeaceTalks Club.
  • Zarifa Ghafari, Human Rights Activist, politician and entrepreneur, Ex-mayor of Maidan Shahr and Director of a Department in Defense Ministry of Afghanistan

Opening 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. The event will be moderated by Sarah Noble, curator of the PeaceTalks, and Karen Chica Gómez, Afro-Ecuadorian activist and student at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

WHAT
The 2021 Geneva PeaceTalks is organised under the theme “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. Through short 8-10 minutes talks, speakers share their vision, thoughts and experiences of peace with audiences from around the world. This will be the 9th edition of the Geneva PeaceTalks.

Co-founded in 2013, the PeaceTalks is a global platform dedicated to telling and sharing inspirational stories for peace. Harnessing the power of storytelling, the PeaceTalks creates a space encouraging dialogue, reflection and inspiring hope. More information and videos of previous editions at: www.peacetalks.net

WHO
The Geneva PeaceTalks is a public event brought to you by the United Nations Office at GenevaInterpeace, the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform and the Swiss Government. The event is made possible with the support of SalesforceMirabaudGeneva Water Hub and the International School of Geneva.

WHEN
The event is scheduled on the International Day of Peace, 21 September 2021, 16:00-17:30.

WHERE
Livestreamed online from Room XVIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, spaces to attend are limited. All in-person attendees need to have pre-registered online. Please contact us for more information.

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