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
  • Coronel Lurangeli Franco, A policewoman from Colombia
  • Zainab Nankya and Salama Ibrahim, Two young women involved in building bridges between religious communities in Nigeria and Uganda
  • Dina Alami, a young person working to build bridges between youth and politicians in Sweden

The event will also feature live painting by Abbes Boukhobza and musical performance by Pososhok.

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


Mo Ibrahim

Dr Mo Ibrahim is the Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation which he established in 2006 to support good governance and exceptional leadership on the African continent. Sudanese-born, Dr Ibrahim has a distinguished business career. In 1989 he founded Mobile Systems International (MSI), a world leading cellular consulting and software provider and in 1998, Celtel International, one of Africa’s leading mobile telephone companies which pioneered mobile services in Africa. Dr Ibrahim is also Founding Chairman of Satya Capital Limited, a private equity fund focused on Africa. Dr Ibrahim has received numerous honorary degrees and fellowships from a range of academic institutions and is also the recipient of a number of awards.

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Zainab Nankya and Salama Ibrahim

Zainab Nankya is an educator and an administrator at Agakhan High School in Kampala, Uganda. She is an experienced and dedicated Generations For Peace (GFP) Pioneer in Uganda. In recent years, she has been leading the Generations For Peace Uganda team in implementing the 2014-2015 and 2016 Programme Cycles, addressing inter-religious conflicts in Soroti. In 2018, she led the Uganda team in implementing a programme aimed at reducing school-related gender-based violence in two secondary schools in Wakiso and Soroti. Salama Ibrahim is a passionate and dedicated Generations For Peace (GFP) Delegate from Nigeria. Salama is currently part of the team of volunteers implementing the Advocacy For Peace Programme (ADPP) Community Initiatives. In addition to her role as a GFP Volunteer, Salama has been involved in community development and peacebuilding work for more than 5 years. She has served as a secretary of the Kaduna State Women Peace and Security Network and has also provided technical support to the Kaduna State Ministry of Women Affairs on social development.

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Antje Herrberg

Dr. Antje Herrberg 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.

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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.

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César Díaz

César Díaz, the winner of 2019 Cannes Camera d’Or, is a Guatemalan filmmaker who studied in France and Belgium. Belgium has picked his film as its entry for the best international feature film category at the 2020 Oscars. Before making documentaries, he was a screenwriter and editor. His film "Nuestras Madres" was selected for the Week of the Critique of the 72nd Festival de Cannes. He depicts the sensitive exploration of the 1980's Guatemalan civil war through the recollections of the country's women.

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Coronel Lurangeli Franco

Coronel Lurangeli Franco is a member of the National Police of Colombia and works in the Unit for Peacebuilding (UNIPEP Spanish acronym), where she is responsible for the implementation of the peace accords. This unit is developing the approach to gender mainstreaming and peacebuilding within the National Police. The purpose is to build trust among the different parties involved in the territories and to develop a gender approach in the police service. Through innovation processes, she has prompted the implementation of the Peace Building Model of the National Police.

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Dina Alami

Dina Alami is one of the young Ambassadors of Fryshuset. Fryshuset is Sweden’s largest civil society organization for youth. Dina is a political scientist, and her passion for peace and security has grown out of personal experiences of growing up in a marginalized area of suburban Stockholm and witnessing the results of deadly violence and its effects on herself and her surrounding community. Now, she works to create meetings between youth and politicians and to build bridges between groups in Sweden that do not have natural points of encounter.

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Duo Pososhok

The Duo POSOSHOK is a group that mixes South African sounds with those of the rest of Africa and worldwide. The songs are in Zulu and Bafia (Cameroonian language) but also in French and English. POSOSHOK was founded by Conrad Hughes, guitarist, singer and songwriter originally from Johannesburg. Estelle Baroung Hughes (Cameroon) is the singer and dancer of POSOSHOK but she is also the artistic director and composer.

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Abbes Boukhobza

Abbes Boukhobza is an inspiring Tunisian artist who promotes positive relations between Jews and Muslim. Based in France, his paintings reflect the soil of Djerbian where he was born. With full of details, he demonstrates a cultural dialogue using signs and symbols. In 2008, when he was barely 20 years old, he met the artist Abderrazak Sahli. Inspired by Abderazak Sahli, he created and perfected his own style and developed new techniques demonstrated in various exhibitions. In 2009, he was invited to participate in an exhibition in Aubervilliers (France) in tribute to Pablo Neruda, followed by tours in Strasbourg, Fez and Casablanca. He exhibited at the Mona Lisa Gallery, Paris, and he worked for the OPEJ Foundation, Baron Edmond de Rothschild from 2015 to 2017.

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