What does peace mean to you?


21 September 2022

4:00 – 5:30 PM CEST

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

#ChoosePeace: Share your definition of peace with us! 

What does peace mean to YOU? How would you define peace in your own words and in your own language?

Complete this google form to share your definition of peace with us:  If you want to share your message of peace with the world, you can also tweet it at: @PeaceTalksTweet and use the following hashtags: #GenevaPeaceTalks & #ChoosePeace

What does peace mean to you? Geneva PeaceTalks 2022 Artwork by Camila Gadotti

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 perspectives, 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 in-person event will be followed by a reception at the Bar Serpent, just outside of Room XVIII.

The Geneva PeaceTalks will feature the following speakers:

  • Ibaa Abusin is a Horn of Africa Social Media Expert at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.
  • Ann-Marie Orler, Chief at the Standing Police Capacity of the UN Police Division.
  • Wasim Almasri is the Director of Programs for the Alliance of Middle East Peace.
  • Eran Nissan, an Israeli peace activist and the CEO of Mehazkim, an Israeli progressive movement.
  • Amadou Dabitao, founder of the media BanlieusardNouveau.
  • Amad Mian, the co-founder of Dastaangoi, a creative platform that challenges the traditional narrative of Pakistan through art, culture and people.
  • 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.
  • Daria Mykolenko, Ukrainian opera singer at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.
  • Xavier Dami, pianist and coach at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.
  • 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 - Allmep - PeaceTalks UN Geneva - International Day of Peace

Wasim Almasri

Xavier Dami

Xavier Dami

Amad Mian co-founder of Dastaangoi

Amad Mian

Canada - Pakistan
Amadou Dabitao

Amadou Dabitao

France - Mali
Geneva PeaceTalks 2022 What does Peace Mean to you? Artwork by Camila Gadotti

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