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Peace Talks arrives in London for the first time

November 2, 2016
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London City Hall. Photo credit: Neil Howard

Interpeace has announced that the first-ever London Peace Talks will take place on Thursday 3rd November 2016. Now in its fourth year, The Peace Talks is a global initiative which aims to inspire reflection on how we can all work together to promote peaceful and inclusive societies, both at home and abroad. The Peace Talks were co-founded by the United Nations Office at Geneva, Interpeace and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform.

People will be able to tune into the live stream on: peacetalks.net.

The Peace Talks, which will be held at the iconic London City Hall from 6:30pm onwards, builds on the idea that everyone can play a part in building peace in society. The theme is around “Building Bridges” and speakers from a wide range of professional and personal backgrounds will share their timely stories and practical solutions for resolving conflict.

The following speakers will deliver inspiring 8-minute talks on how they are working to promote more inclusive societies, both in the UK and abroad:

  • Raed al Saleh: Head of the Syrian Civil Defence (also known as The White Helmets), whose volunteer rescue workers have saved over 62,000 lives and earned them the 2016 Right Livelihood Award and the nomination for the 2016 Nobel Peace.
  • Ruth Ibegbuna: Ashoka UK Fellow and Founder of RECLAIM, a Manchester-based award-winning social action and youth leadership programme.
  • Fatima Zaman: Young leader at the Kofi Annan Foundation’s program Extremely Together and expert on countering violent extremism.
  • Noa Gafni Slaney: Digital strategist, Fellow of Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge and CEO of Impact Squared.
  • Peter Adams: Director of the St Mary’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Luton.
  • Rehana Faisal: Community activist and chair of Luton An Nisa Trust, LANTern, a grassroots movement which seeks to empower Muslim women through engagement in social issues.
  • Maran Turner: Executive Director of Freedom Now, and award-winning human rights lawyer for her representation of Václav Havel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu.

Radio DJ and broadcaster Lliana Bird, who co-founded Help Refugees, the biggest provider of aid to Calais and Dunkirk, will be hosting the event.

The London Peace Talks are organised by Interpeace in partnership with Ben & Jerry’s, Mirabaud and the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom.