What does peace mean to you?


21 September 2022

4:00 – 5:30 PM CEST

Room XVIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva (& livestreamed online)

Geneva PeaceTalks 2022

How do you define peace? As our planet continues to experience conflict in different forms – whether through outright war or systemic discrimination, how can we keep shaping peace? A good place to start is reflecting on our own definition of peace.

The 10th edition of the PeaceTalks will take place on the International Day of Peace (21 September 2022) at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. As a hybrid event it will welcome an in-person audience and be livestreamed online.

“What does peace mean to you?”, the theme from the first ever Geneva PeaceTalks held in 2013 will be revisited by the speakers as 2022 marks the 10th edition of this event. In parallel, the official United Nations’ theme for the International Day of Peace, “End racism. Build peace.” will underpin the event.

Racism and all forms of discrimination prevent the building of societies where all members can flourish. Entrenched hierarchies between humans, and between nature and humans, continue to cause undue harm to all living creatures on our planet. The dismantling of discriminatory structures is key to support equality and human rights everywhere. As our world faces more upheaval and uncertainty on all fronts, it is urgent for humans to choose compassion and empathy over suspicion and hatred.

Coming from different backgrounds and contributing different perspective of the event themes, each speaker will share their tangible experiences and ideas to inspire people to reflect on the meaning of peace and spark a discussion on how each and every one of us can contribute to creating a world that we can truly be proud of.

The event will be livestreamed in English and French.

The Geneva PeaceTalks will feature the following speakers (more speakers to be announced soon):

  • Ibaa Abusin is a Horn of Africa Social Media Expert for the HD Centre.
  • Wasim Almasri is the Director of Programs for the Alliance of Middle East Peace.
  • Eran Nissan, an Israeli peace activist and the COO of Mehazkim, an Israeli progressive movement.
  • Maged Al-Kholidy, a Yemeni activist and founder of Youth without Borders Organization for Development, a Yemeni NGO focused on the role of youth in peacebuilding.
  • A message on the International Day of Peace from António Guterres, ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  • Special remarks by Tatiana Valovaya, 13th Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.
  • The event will be moderated by Alaa Mejri, International relations student at the Université de Genève, and Sunanda Deshapriya, a Sri Lankan journalist, human rights activist and photographer.

Meet the people of the 2022 Geneva PeaceTalks


Wasim Almasri

Geneva PeaceTalks at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland

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