Geneva Peace Talks 2019

Trust Matters

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Trust Matters

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 people.

The 2019 Geneva Peace Talks is organized under the theme: Trust Matters.

Through a series of 8-minute talks, speakers will share their personal stories and experiences, to highlight their efforts to promote trust. In our globalised world, the meaning of trust may vary across sectors, however, the essence of trust as a pillar for peace remains.  It is the glue that holds relationships, societies and economies together. Speakers come from across different professional and personal backgrounds to emphasize that each and every one of us, regardless of our age and background, can contribute to promoting trust and peace in our communities and beyond.

The Geneva Peace Talks are a public event co-organized by the United Nations Office at Geneva, Interpeace and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform to celebrate the International Day of Peace.

The Geneva Peace Talks will feature the following speakers:

  • Mo Ibrahim, African entrepreneur and founder of Mo Ibrahim Foundation supporting good governance and great leadership in Africa
  • César Díaz, Award winning filmmaker and winner of 2019 Cannes Camera d’Or
  • Antje Herrberg, A leading peace mediator
  • Bernardo Arévalo de León, A Guatemalan peacebuilder who has supported peace processes worldwide
  • A policewoman from Colombia
  • Zainab Nankya and Salama Ibrahim, Two young women involved in building bridges between religious communities in Nigeria and Uganda
  • Abdirazak “Zak” Daud, A former youth criminal turned community worker from Sweden

Location: United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), Building E, Room XVIII
Date: 19/09/2019
Time : 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm


Bernardo Arévalo de León

Bernardo Arévalo de León is a Senior Peacebuilding Advisor in Interpeace’s Advisory Team (IPAT) and has been working with Interpeace since 1996. He is an elected member of the Guatemalan Congress for the 2020-2024 period. Prior to his involvement with Interpeace, Bernardo served in Guatemala's Foreign Service for over 12 years, including as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and as Ambassador to Spain. Bernardo has a Ph. D. in Sociology (Utrecht University) and a B.A. in Sociology and Social Anthropology (Hebrew University) and is the author of several books and articles on issues of democratization, SSR and civil-military relations, violence and peacebuilding.

Antje Herrberg

Dr. Antje Herrberg (DE) is a mediator, teacher and peace-making coach, working as a senior mediation advisor at the EU’s European External Action Service and a guest professor at the College of Europe since 2013. Since 1989, she has dedicated her life to overcome divisions through facilitation of dialogues. In the past, she co-founded mediatEUr a European peace mediation service NGO; has served as member of the UN Standby team of mediation experts, was a chief facilitation advisor to Martti Ahtisaari and a mediation director of the Crisis Management Initiative, has worked for Interpeace and as a Regional Director for the EastWest Institute. She has supported the creation of mediation support capacities in a number of regional and private organisations, such as the European Institute of Peace. Besides her regular mediation practice, she has worked hands on in 16 international peace-making cases. Over the years, she has focused increasingly on psychological aspects in international conflict resolution processes and seeks to advance climate change issues as an essential thematic issue for peace negotiations.