ABOUT

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.

The core objectives of the PeaceTalks are:

Demonstrate that peaceful solutions to conflict exist all over the world.

Showcase and amplify inspiring stories and what is working to build peace.

Inspire action and educate on the role that we each play in promoting peace.

OUR VISION

The vision of the PeaceTalks is to expand the space for dialogue about building peace and resolving conflict. Building peace is not just the effort and responsibility of technical specialists and officials. In fact, at the PeaceTalks, we believe all members of society play incredibly important roles in shaping peace at home and in their communities.

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STORYTELLING FOR PEACE

At PeaceTalks, we believe that storytelling is a powerful educational tool. As we listen to a personal story, we listen to a different perspective, a voice and experience which is not ours. This helps open minds and horizons, learn and unlearn as well as deconstruct unhelpful stereotypes and assumptions. Through the telling of personal stories, topics usually addressed from a general angle in the news, come to life, taking human form. Through stories we see the individual instead of the abstract mass. This fosters empathy, understanding and dialogue.

OUR STORY

The PeaceTalks was co-founded in 2013 by

We live in times where uncertainty has become the new norm. Conflict and war dominate the news headlines. As the nature of violent conflict is changing and growing increasingly complex, discussions around solutions have become more technical and confined to the realm of politics and security. As a result, many individuals do not perceive the opportunity to practically contribute to building peace and resolving conflict.

When it comes to conflict resolution, few platforms include a multiplicity of perspectives from all segments of society. The PeaceTalks pioneered expanding the conversation beyond the realm of politics and the peacebuilding sector, so that new ideas, voices and creative solutions can emerge.

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Editions of Peace Talks

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Countries

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Speakers

PARTNERS AND SPONSORS

The PeaceTalks have been fortunate to develop strong relationships with sponsors, allowing us to bring the PeaceTalks to different cities around the world. We appreciate the important value our sponsors have shown to the theme of peace. We are grateful for their trust and how they embraced and supported our creative approach to discussing peace.

We would like to thank our partners for their support:

  • Ambassade de France en Côte d’Ivoire
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Bonavero Institute of Human Rights
  • Confédération Suisse
  • Cooperation Germany-Ecowas
  • Darwin Digital
  • DCAF Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance
  • L’Ecole des Musiques Actuelles
  • ECOWAS
  • Extremely Together
  • Fondation Hirondelle
  • Fondation pour Genève
  • Fryshuset
  • Generations for Peace
  • Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining
  • GIZ
  • Global Centre for Pluralism
  • Global Shapers Community Geneva
  • Indigo Côte d’Ivoire
  • Initiatives for Change
  • L’Institut Français d’Abidjan
  • Kofi Annan Foundation
  • Mirabaud
  • Mission Permanente de Tunisie
  • National Cohesion and Integration Commission Kenya
  • N’Zarama
  • One World Dialogue
  • OxPeace
  • République et canton de Genève
  • The Right Livelihood Award
  • Salesforce
  • Stockholm Stad
  • Svenska Postkod Stiftelsen
  • Tunisair
  • Ville de Genève
  • Youth 4 Peace

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