HagueTalks: How can we invest in sustainable peace? - Humanity House


20 Sep

Interactive debate

HagueTalks: How can we invest in sustainable peace?


This event is now sold out.  Sorry you missed it. 
The good news is that you can still join the session on September 20th, 16:00-18:00 hrs interactively by clicking on this link for the Livestream and following us on Twitter @HagueTalks .  Use our hashtag #HagueTalks to tweet your questions and comments and join the dialogue.  We hope to see you there.

To kick off this year’s Just Peace Festival, the Hague Project Peace and Justice organizes an exciting HagueTalks event in collaboration with One Young World.  This time at pop venue Het Paard. Speakers from the field, social entrepreneurs, activists and artists will share their personal experiences with you on sustainable peace. What can we do to break the cycle of violent conflict and create peace that lasts?

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 whoare 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.

Please note: This programme will be recorded. These video recordings will be added to the website of Humanity House.

About the speakers

  • 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).
  • Sada Mire looks at human sustainability, from the perspective of our shared heritage and what diversity of our ancestors means for us today.  Mire is a Somali-Swedish archaeologist,  Assistant Professor at Leiden University’s Faculty of Archaeology and Executive Director Horn Heritage Organisation, Somaliland.
  • Heshika Deegahawathura argues for solutions that meet the basic needs of the people post-conflict. He’sa social entrepreneur innovating for policy impact and economic development. He’s led strategic and cross-sectoral projects in both the private and public sector. And assisted the rehabilitation and reintegration process of former rebels as a rehabilitation officer for the Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation in Sri Lanka.
  • Rabiaâ Benlahbib is convinced that for lasting peace, justice alone is not sufficient. She is the founder and director of Creative Court, a Hague-based organisation that develops art and education projects reflecting on peace and global justice.
  • Moderator of the event is Sjoerd Louwaars – Director of Innovation at PLNT, Leiden Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

About this program

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.

Note: This program takes place at pop venue  Paard, Prinsegracht 12, The Hague.

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  • English
  • 15:30
  • 16:00
  • 18:00