Trust Matters


19 September 2019

4:00 – 6:00 PM CET

Palais des Nations

Trust is a founding pillar for peace. The presence or absence of trust makes all the difference in building bridges for peace. How do we build trust when it seems non-existent?

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. Trust 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 features live painting by Abbes Boukhobza and a musical performance by Pososhok.

Meet the people of the 2019 Geneva Peace Talks


César Díaz


Mo Ibrahim

United Kingdom - Sudan

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