Stockholm Peace Talks 2015

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The first-ever Stockholm Peace Talks was  held on 29 January 2015 at the Swedish Parliament.

Following on from the successful Geneva Peace Talks series and drawing on Stockholm’s tradition as a city of peace, the goal of the Stockholm Peace Talks was to inspire reflection on how each and every one of us has a role to play in promoting peace. Given the current state of the world, with violent conflict dominating the news, it is even more important to raise awareness of peace.

The event featured speakers and entertainers from diverse backgrounds from Sweden and abroad, including the UN, government, business, arts, and civil society sharing their personal stories about peace. Speakers and the audience looked at what peace means within their own lives and have a better sense of what they can do to play a more active role in promoting peace. The theme aimed to highlight that everyone can contribute to peace – be it at home or in a far-away conflict zone.

Location: Sveriges Riksdag, Stockholm
Date: 29/01/2015
Time : 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Deline Revend and Tomas Amanuel

Deline Revend and Tomas Amanuel are two young facilitators from Tensta. Having grown up in Stockholm, and with Kurdish and Eritrean backgrounds respectively, Deline and Tomas have dedicated their lives to helping other young people in need. More recently, they have worked with disenfranchized and unemployed youth from Tensta to support them in accessing and finding jobs. Tomas and Deline's stories shed light on how youth are positively contributing to making Stockholm's suburbs a peaceful and better place.

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Elaine Weidman-Grunewald

Elaine Weidman-Grunewald is Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility for the Ericsson Group. She has worked for Ericsson in the US and Sweden for over 16 years. Since 2005 her work has focused exclusively on driving Ericsson’s sustainability and CR initiatives, and today she is part of the Global Leadership Team reporting to the CEO. She is also the head of Ericsson Response, the company's humanitarian and disaster response programme. Her focus is on the role that ICT can play in addressing global challenges in areas such as poverty, development, humanitarian response, climate change, human rights, and peace.

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Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi

Ghaida is a peacebuilder working with Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel. She is the founder and General Director of an Israeli NGO, the Injaz Center for Professional Arab Local Governance, a post she has held since 2008. She is highly respected within Palestinian society in Israel, especially for facilitating the development of the first document that established a vision for Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel. In 2011, she was the only Arab woman to be selected as one of the 100 most influential persons in Israel by the Israeli economic magazine “The Marker.” Today, Injaz is the local partner organization of Interpeace in Israel and is an essential and respected actor dealing with issues of Arab governance in Israel.

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Jan Eliasson

Jan Eliasson was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations on 1 July 2012. The Swedish diplomat has held various positions within the United Nations system, including as the first UN Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs and as President of the 60th session of the UN General Assembly. He was appointed Foreign Minister of Sweden in 2006 and has previously worked as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Sweden’s Ambassador to the US and the United Nations.

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Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité

Jason, better known as Timbuktu, is one of Sweden’s most beloved hip-hop artists. His music is influenced by folk, blues and West African elements, and the lyrics of many of his songs are in Swedish and deal with political issues. In 2013 he took part in the Nobel Peace Prize concert. Timbuktu is an Ambassador for the Swedish United Nations Association.

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Peter Wallensteen

Peter is a Senior Professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, and Richard G. Starmann Sr. Research Professor at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, USA.

He was Head of the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University from 1972 to 1999 and held the Dag Hammarskjöld Chair from 1985 to 2012. He currently directs the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) which continuously publishes free of charge information on global armed conflicts. Peter has published books such as Understanding Conflict Resolution, Peace Research - Theory and Practice, The Go-Between - Jan Eliasson and the Styles of Mediation (with Isak Svensson), and has just finalized Toward Quality Peace: Peacebuilding, Victory and World Order. Peter is presently researching mediation issues with particular focus on Nordic mediators.

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Urban Ahlin

Urban was elected Speaker of the Riksdag after the 2014 parliamentary elections. He has been member of the Riksdag since 1994, representing the Swedish Social Democratic Party. For the past twenty years, Urban has worked in the field of foreign policy in various capacities, such as Foreign Policy Spokesperson, and Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. He was a founding member of the first pan-European think-tank, the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Urban is a member of the Board of Directors of the EastWest Institute. In 2007, Urban Ahlin received the Cross of Commander from the President of Lithuania.

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Adam Tensta

Adam Tensta (born Adam Momodou Eriksson Taal) is the biggest star of contemporary Swedish hip-hop. He grew up in Tensta, a suburb of Stockholm that is known for its high percentage of immigrants among its inhabitants. His debut album "It's A Tensta Thing" became a Swedish chart topper in 2008. The album won the 2008 Hip-Hop/Soul of the Year Grammi (Swedish Grammy awards).

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Forest Whitaker

Forest is an artist and humanist. He is the founder and CEO of The Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation and was recently appointed as UNESCO Special Envoy, in the development of peace and reconciliation in areas of conflict. He is a talented, versatile performer and one of Hollywood’s most accomplished figures. He has received prestigious artistic distinctions including the 2007 Academy Award® for Best Actor for his performance in The Last King of Scotland. He has also received the BAFTA Award, SAG Award, and Golden Globe® for Best Actor. In addition, Whitaker received the Best Actor Palme d’Or for Bird at the Cannes Film Festival.

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LaGaylia Frazier

LaGaylia started playing piano from a very early age. She took up singing as a student at the University of Miami, appearing in several on-campus musical productions, and became a member of a number of jazz bands. In 2004, she participated in the national Swedish selection of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "It's in the stars." She performed twice at the official birthday celebration of H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. In 2007, she released her debut album "LaGaylia Uncovered" on her label TBG (That Black Girl). In 2008 she won the annual Baltic Music Festival with her song "Over and Over Again." Since 2010 she collaborates with the Swedish jazz pianist Jan Lundgren.

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Stockholm, Sweden, is renowned as a place for peace and reconciliation around the world. The birth place of Alfred Nobel who instituted the famous Nobel Peace Prize is one of the most respected hubs for peace.

Thanks to strong support from the Swedish government, Stockholm is a unique platform for researchers and policy-makers to work on peace and conflict. It is strongly influenced by the Swedish Foreign Policy tradition that seeks to preserve and maintain peace for centuries.

All these assets make Stockholm an outstanding place for international events such as Peace Talks.