Resilience is a series of conversations featuring experts and leaders from different professional backgrounds, hosted by Scott Weber, President of Interpeace.

The purpose of these conversations is to understand the role that individuals, communities, institutions and our leaders can play in building trust and a more peaceful world.

The series will begin with a focus on the COVID-19 crisis and its impact in our societies.

Episode 3: A conversation with Noam Shuster-Eliassi comedian and peace activist 

In this episode, we are pleased to welcome Noam Shuster-Eliassi, a Jewish Israeli Comedian and Peace Activist to talk about her personal experience with COVID-19 and how comedy makes us more resilient. Noam who recovered from COVID-19 recently, talks of her experience in quarantine at the Corona hotel in Jerusalem where she shared the same space with people from conflicting Israeli and Palestinian societies. She says her quarantine experience uniquely positioned her to see the “deep political understanding that we needed this health perspective to understand that we share the same land and our fates are intertwined”.

The comedian sees a silver lining to this COVID-19 pandemic, being an opportunity to bring people together through comedy. She explains her role as comedian to repair things that are broken and to give some light and hope to people as they adjust to the current situation. Why is comedy a powerful tool to promote coexistence?

Find out more in this episode and join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #ResilienceWebcast

Episode 2: A conversation with Ambassador Frederic Ngoga-Gateretse, Head of the Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Division at the Peace and Security Department of the African Union Commission

In this episode, we explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on conflicts in Africa, the impact of viral misinformation on the response effort and how this crisis is enhancing multilateralism across the Continent.

Ambassador Ngoga-Gateretse says that African states will need to put human well-being above all else, with a focus on security, health, and education. An experienced peacebuilder, diplomat, and public administrator, he talks about the need for a new social contract in Africa after the pandemic and highlights the amazing sources of resilience that are helping people cope with this crisis.

Will the COVID-19 pandemic weaken commitments to multilateralism or lead to more solidarity in Africa? Will the pandemic exacerbate mistrust in governments or be an opportunity for trust-building?

Find out more in this episode and join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #ResilienceWebcast

Episode 1: A Conversation with Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi – The Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunization

In this episode, we are honored to speak with Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of GAVI, the Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunization, to explore new responses and innovative tools to address the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Berkley is an epidemiologist, and one of the world’s foremost public health officials.  In 2009, he was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world for his groundbreaking work on HIV-AIDS.

Dr. Berkley will help us understand the complexities of this pandemic, the impact it is likely to have in the world’s most vulnerable populations, and how we can build a more resilient system to prevent such crises in the future.