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Hague Talks - How can we invest in sustainable peace?

  • Sven Koopmans
donderdag 20 september 2018
Prinsegracht 12
Den Haag

Sometimes it feels as if there’s a never-ending cycle of conflict on the news and peace – especially sustainable peace– is rare.  This event delves into some of the key elements we need to consider:

  • What causes conflict? Are there new effective methods we can share that have dealt with root causes and prevented war? What can we do ourselves to counter the tendency to see others negatively?
  • How do we get out of a conflict? Experienced peace negotiators take us inside their worlds and help us understand the ways warring parties can be encouraged to the table.
  • And what makes peace sustainable? How can we judge sustainability? Hear from those who have hands on knowledge of the systems and ideas needed to embed peace.

If you want to hear from practitioners and professionals, social entrepreneurs, activists and artists– all of whom are passionate about contributing their talents and knowledge to the objective of lasting peace, then this edition of HagueTalks is for you. Come along and join the discussion at #haguetalks.

About the speakers

  • Sada Mire is an Assistant Professor at Leiden University’s Faculty of Archaeology and Executive Director Horn Heritage Organisation, Somaliland. Dr. Sada Mire is a Somali-Swedish archaeologist, who spent the last two decades working to understand human sustainability from the perspective of fertility practice (prosperity) and associated peace-making rituals.
  • Sven Koopmans is an expert in international mediation, having worked in peace processes for the UN and the EU on conflicts in Syria, South Sudan, Darfur, Mali, Ukraine and Cyprus among others. He is currently a Member of Parliament in the Netherlands with the Liberal Party (VVD).
  • Other speakers will be announced soon.

Moderator of the event is Sjoerd Louwaars – Director of Innovation at PLNT, Leiden Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

This Hague Talks event is organised by the Hague Project Peace and Justice in cooperation with One Young World, Humanity House and other partners, in the framework of the Just Peace Festival.

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