Can technology improve the quality of peace?


The event explores new responses and innovative tools to address the changing nature of conflicts; hybrid war, attacks in the cyberspace, proliferation of the number and background of conflict actors, engineered news, interference in elections, and the list goes on.

The concepts and perceptions related to conflict resolution and the sets of tools used to support peacemaking efforts are being reinvented and updated. The sheer scale of available, real-time data, increasing computing power and innovative applications can change practices in conflict analysis, monitoring and evaluation. High level of connectivity and common social media tools can enhance inclusivity and strategic communications of a peace process. Will innovation and new technologies render peacemaking more efficient, faster and better thus enhancing the quality of peacemaking?

This session will examine innovative approaches and new tools through these guiding questions:

  • What are the key challenges and opportunities for the international peacemaking community in the digital era?
  • Can AI and other new technologies drive change in the field of peacemaking that inherently builds a human interaction?
  • Not all innovation builds on new technologies. How can social innovation tools, such as innovative financing models, change the field of peacemaking?


Event date :

Thursday 7 November, 11.15 – 12.30h, Palais des Nations – Building A – Room VII (3rd Floor)



  • Alexander Stubb, Chairman of the Board, Crisis Management Initiative, CMI. Mr. Stubb is also¬†former Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland; and Vice-President of the European Investment Bank.
  • ‚ÄĘ Scott Weber, pr√©sident d'Interpeace
  • Charlotte Kirby, Vice-President Global Strategic Relations at
  • H.E. Terhi Hakala, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations at Geneva – Opening remarks
  • Claire Doole, former BBC reporter in London, Brussels and Geneva; and spokesperson for the UN – Moderator


Register to attend 


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Attendees please arrive 30 minutes before the event, at the Pregny gate.

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