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World Forum for the Culture of Peace

Peace Education for the Protection of World Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Yemen

Thursday 13 June 2019
Peace Palace
Carnegieplein 2
Den Haag

The World Forum for the Culture of Peace, organized by the Al-Babtain Foundation in partnership with the International Peace Institute and Leiden University, will bring together government leaders, UN officials, academics, and members of civil society and grassroots organizations to discuss the Culture of Peace, Education and the Protection of World Heritage in Iraq and Yemen. What is the role of the international community in protecting world heritage in Iraq and Yemen? What concrete projects can be established to move forward with building a sustainable peace in the Middle East region?

How can peace education best be incorporated into the post-conflict plans for sustaining peace in Iraq and Yemen? How can investment in post-conflict reconstruction and recovery best assist the Iraqi and Yemeni people with the long-term protection of their cultural heritage? And how will this help build an inclusive, sustainable peace in the region?

Participants will discuss these issues and more. Discussions will provide analysis on how to make the culture of peace a practical and tangible reality, suggest concrete projects, and identify real solutions to current challenges.


  • Session 1 | Education and the Protection of Cultural Heritage
  • Session 2 | Protecting Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Yemen
  • Session 3 | Promoting the Culture of Peace through Education
  • Closing session | Moving Forward: Culture of Peace Curriculum


This event is organised by the Al-Babtain Cultural Foundation, in cooperation with:


Please note that entrance to the Peace Palace is only possible with a passport, an EU ID card or an EU driving license. For more information please visit the website of the Peace Palace.


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The Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain Cultural Foundation supports a great number of initiatives in Europe to promote the study of Arabic language and culture. It has cooperated with more than 15 universities to establish chairs for Arabic culture. In Europe, the Foundation has established chairs at various universities in Spain (Barcelona, Cordoba, Granada, Malaga), Italy (Palermo) and the United Kingdom (Oxford). Recently, the Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain Chair for Peace has been established, in cooperation with the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC).

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