VISION

The vision of the Peace Talks is to expand the space for dialogue about building peace and resolving conflict.

 

WHAT ARE THE PEACE TALKS?

The Peace Talks is an initiative that showcases the inspirational stories of people who are making extraordinary contributions to peace. Through city specific events, people deliver a short talk, known as a Peace Talk. Speakers come from different sectors and industries and share their personal stories, ideas and practical solutions to resolve conflict. The Peace Talks is not a political platform; rather the emphasis is on practical lessons and personal stories.

The Peace Talks:

DEMONSTRATE that peaceful solutions to conflict exist

SHOWCASE inspiring stories and what is working

RAISE awareness that each and every person has a role in building peace

INSPIRE action in everyday life and on a global scale

 

WHY ARE THE PEACE TALKS NEEDED?

We live in times where uncertainty has become the new norm. Conflict and war dominate the news headlines. As the nature of violent conflict is changing and growing increasingly complex, discussions around solutions have become more technical and confined to the realm of politics and security. As a result, many individuals do not perceive the opportunity to practically contribute to building peace and resolving conflict.

The Peace Talks underline that building peace is not only an effort of technical specialists, but that each and every person has a role to play in peace.

There are few platforms that showcase solutions about resolving conflict that include not only the perspectives of conflict resolution experts, but experts from other sectors. By expanding the conversation about practical solutions for peace beyond the realm of politics, ideas can emerge and be showcased and silos can be broken down.

 

The Peace Talks was co-founded by the United Nations Office at 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. The Peace Talks has travelled to Stockholm in the Swedish Parliament, Nairobi in collaboration with the Kenyan National Cohesion and Integration Commission at the United Nations in Nairobi, and to Ottawa with the Global Centre for Pluralism.