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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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Unwavering hope

Staffan de Mistura

Language: English
Subtitles: n/a
Event: Stockholm Peace Talks

“A hug makes a big difference. It doesn’t need to be physical, it can also be words, a sign of hope. People need to feel it when they are in a siege, when they are abandoned.”

Staffan de Mistura is the Special Envoy for Syria of the United Nations Secretary-General. In his talk, Staffan describes his experience and lessons learned as a UN official at a refugee camp in the Balkans in 1999.

Stockholm Peace Talks 2017. Recorded at Stockholm City Hall on March 21, 2017.

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Who wants to live in a world ruled by hatred? A conversation with a Holocaust survivor

Hédi Fried

Language: English
Subtitles: n/a
Event: Stockholm Peace Talks

“It is very important to fight against prejudice. Because prejudice is the root of a lot of the evil in this world.”

In an interview with journalist Alexandra Pascalidou, Swedish author and psychologist, Hédi Fried, shares her own experiences as a Holocaust survivor, and describes how she has dedicated her life to spread the message of democracy and peace, to combat xenophobia.

Stockholm Peace Talks 2017. Recorded at Stockholm City Hall on March 21, 2017.

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Inside the White Helmets

Raed al Saleh

Language: English
Subtitles: n/a
Event: London Peace Talks

“To save a life is to save all humanity.”

Raed is the head of the Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets. The Syrian Civil Defence is a volunteer organization created in 2013, and made of former bakers, teachers, electricians and other “ordinary” Syrians who now work together to save the lives of those wounded during attacks.

There are 2,700 rescue workers who make up The White Helmets, who have so far saved over 62,000 lives from the rubble of air-strikes in rebel-held areas of
Syria. This year, the Syrian Civil Defence were awarded the Right Livelihood Award, and were Nobel Peace Prize nominees.

London Peace Talks 2016. Recorded at City Hall on November 3rd, 2016.
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Communities resisting conflict in Libya

Ahmed Labnouj

Language: English
Subtitles: n/a
Event: Geneva Peace Talks 2016

“Let’s learn from local communities and not only talk about what is going wrong, but what’s going right and learn from it.” In this talk, Ahmed shares his personal experiences from his work at the community level to help build peace in Libya with a focus on leadership and values. Ahmed Labnouj is a Programme Officer at Interpeace.

Geneva Peace Talks 2016. Recorded at the United Nations Office at Geneva on 21 September 2016.
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What Does a Leader Look Like?

Alaa Murabit

Language: English
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Event: Ottawa Peace Talks

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

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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Human Connection as an Engine of Peace in the Networked Society

Forest Whitaker

Language: English
Subtitles: n/a
Event: Stockholm Peace Talks

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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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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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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