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The Peace Talks is an initiative that showcases the inspirational stories of people making a positive contribution to peace.

People from all walks of life and across different industries share their personal stories, ideas and practical solutions to build peace.

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Change the World Through Giving

Emmanuel Jal

Language: English
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Event: Ottawa Peace Talks 2016

Emmanuel shares a spoken word about his childhood and journey from child soldier to artist, activist and entrepreneur. He shares the three gifts he was given that he is now using to make the world a better place. He also performs his hit song “We Want Peace”.

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What Does a Leader Look Like?

Alaa Murabit

Language: English
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Event: Ottawa Peace Talks 2016

In this video Alaa Murabit, the founder of the Voice of Libyan Women, talks about leadership. She shares her personal story about the critical and overlooked leadership role that women play in ending conflict, preventing extremism and building sustainable peace.

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Education and Gender Inclusivity for Peace

Josephine Kulea

Language: English
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Event: Nairobi Peace Talks 2015

Josephine Kulea, the founder of the Samburu Girls Foundation, describes how she came to challenge harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation and “beading”. She explains how pursuing education and gender inclusivity within the peace process can help to change communities.

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Science as a Bridge to Peace

Eliezer Rabinovici

Language: English
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Event: Geneva Peace Talks 2015

For Professor Eliezer Rabinovici science can break down barriers to peace, and take governments to places they would not otherwise go. He discusses his experience in the Middle East working with scientists across the region for a common cause, transcending conflicts that are present.

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Enabling Change-Makers for Peace in the Networked Society

Elaine Weidman-Grunewald

Language: English
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Event: Stockholm Peace Talks 2015

Drawing examples from her 16-year-long career at Ericsson, Elaine discusses how the networked society can empower change-makers for peace, as well as how technology can create a culture of engagement and unity which directly serves the cause of peace. Finally, she outlines some concrete projects linked to youth and centered on technology for good, which she is currently contributing to.

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Human Connection as an Engine of Peace in the Networked Society

Forest Whitaker

Language: English
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Event: Stockholm Peace Talks 2015

Forest defines what peace means to him as the exchange of knowledge and respect. In other words, it is the idea of people working together towards a communal goal. He then illustrates the importance of human connections in peacebuilding, with examples from the Youth Peacemaker Network, a project supported by his foundation, the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative.

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Cartooning For Peace

Jean "Plantu" Plantureux

Language: English
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Event: Geneva Peace Talks 2014

Plantu presents the work of Cartooning for Peace, a movement he initiated with former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan in 2006. This initiative seeks to promote freedom of expression for cartoonists around the world.

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Peace Is the Most Unpopular Word

Noam Shuster

Language: English
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Event: Geneva Peace Talks 2013

Noam is a peacebuilder in Israel. She told us about the creative strategies she uses to promote peace in marginalized communities in her country.

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The vision of the Peace Talks is to expand the space for dialogue about building peace and resolving conflict. Through individual Peace Talks, speakers from different sectors and industries share their personal stories, ideas and practical solutions to resolve conflict. The spirit of the Peace Talks is one of collaboration and reinforces that each and every person has a role to play in peace. The Peace Talks were co-founded by the United Nations Office in Geneva, the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, and Interpeace with the support of the Swiss Government. The Peace Talks started in 2013 in Switzerland through the first-ever Geneva Peace Talks and have travelled to Stockholm, Nairobi and Ottawa.

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