Media Advisory – Nairobi Peace Talks 2015

Publish: November 6, 2015

6 November 2015 – I Contribute to Peace!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE 2015 NAIROBI PEACE TALKS

12 November 2015, at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), Conference Room 1, Time: 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm

At a time when global headlines are dominated by the consequences of violent conflicts, the first-ever Nairobi Peace Talks will be held on 12 November 2015 at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON). The event, jointly organised by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) and Interpeace, will bring together people from various parts of the country and from different backgrounds, all sharing their personal stories and experiences in the promotion of peace.

Speakers at the event will among others include Hon. Yusuf Hassan, Member of Parliament for Kamukunji; Dr. Abbas Gullet, Secretary General of the Kenya Red Cross Society; Josephine Kulea of the Samburu Girls Foundation (SGF); Hip-hop artist Juliani; Francis Kariuki, the “Tweeting Chief” from Lanet Umoja; Writer Zarina Patel; Peace Artist Solomon “Solo 7” Muyundo; Grassroots Peacebuilder Selline Korir; and Godfrey Odongo, the Deputy President of the National Children’s Government.

Held under the theme ‘I Contribute to Peace’, the Nairobi Peace Talks aim to inspire broad reflection on how everyone has a role to play in promoting peace. This event will mark the first time the Peace Talks is held in Kenya. Speakers from all over the country will highlight how every individual can contribute to peace in their own unique ways, such as by building bridges between communities and pursuing mutual understanding. The Nairobi Peace Talks will be moderated by journalist Victoria Rubadiri.

The Peace Talks is an initiative where speakers from different sectors share their personal stories, ideas and practical solutions to build peace. They began in 2013, with the first ever Geneva Peace Talks being co-organized by the United Nations Office at Geneva, the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform and Interpeace.

More information on the Nairobi Peace Talks, including the bios of the speakers, is available here.

Accredited correspondents are most welcome to attend. Please note that registration is mandatory. You are invited to register online until Monday 9 November at rsvp@interpeace.org. Please remember to include your full names and ID or passport numbers to facilitate your entry into the UN Complex at Gigiri. There will be a media bus departing at 2.00 pm from Kencom in downtown Nairobi. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be also streamed live on http://peacetalks.net and can be followed on the Twitter hashtag #NairobiPeaceTalks.

Correspondents and journalists interested in talking with individual speakers and event organizers prior to or after the Nairobi Peace Talks please contact:

Media contacts:

Philip Emase, Communications Officer, Eastern & Central Africa,Interpeace Tel: +254722801966 emase@interpeace.org Twitter: @InterpeaceECA

Rosemary Were National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Tel: +254723404676 rwere@cohesion.or.ke Twitter: @NCIC_Kenya

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