SEPTEMBER 20, 2020| ARLAADI ONLINE
The 8th edition of the Geneva Peace Talks will be held on Monday 21 September 2020, the International Day of Peace. This year, the Geneva Peace Talks goes digital and will be livestreamed from Geneva.
The central theme for 2020 is Shaping Peace. In these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Geneva Peace Talks aims to highlight our interconnectedness as what happens in one part of the planet impacts people around the world. The pandemic has unveiled deep systems of inequality, privilege, and injustice prevalent in societies around the world. We are now challenged to reflect on how we can shape our world and what we want our new “normal” to look like.
The Geneva Peace Talks is a public event brought to you by the United Nations Office at Geneva, Interpeace and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, the Swiss Government and Salesforce to celebrate the International Day of Peace.
The event will be livestreamed in English. Videos will be available with French subtitles shortly after the event.
António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on 1st January 2017. Prior to his appointment as Secretary-General, Mr. Guterres served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015, heading one of the world’s foremost humanitarian organizations during some of the most serious displacement crises in decades. Before joining UNHCR, Mr. Guterres spent more than 20 years in government and public service. He served as prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, during which time he was heavily involved in the international effort to resolve the crisis in East Timor. Mr. Guterres was elected to the Portuguese Parliament in 1976 where he served as a member for 17 years. During that time, he chaired the Parliamentary Committee for Economy, Finance and Planning, and later the Parliamentary Committee for Territorial Administration, Municipalities and Environment. He was also leader of his party’s parliamentary group. From 1981 to 1983, Mr. Guterres was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, where he chaired the Committee on Demography, Migration and Refugees. Mr. Guterres was born in Lisbon in 1949 and graduated from the Instituto Superior Técnico with a degree in engineering.
Ahmed Abdullahi is a Somali-Canadian born in Mogadishu, Somalia. He has been working in the Somali context since 2011 in the humanitarian, stabilization, and peacebuilding fields. Ahmed has obtained a Master Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the UK. He is currently the Country coordinator for Interpeace and the chair of the peacebuilding working group with Somalia NGO Consortium.
Tatiana Valovaya is the 13th Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UN Geneva) and the first woman to occupy this position. Ms. Valovaya has more than 35 years of experience in public service, diplomacy and journalism. She began her career in 1983 in the editorial office of the Economic Gazette in Moscow, first as a correspondent, then as deputy editor of the Department of World Economy. In 1989, Ms. Valovaya joined the Permanent Mission of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics to the European union (EU), where she served as Third Secretary. She then became Second Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the EU, until 1994. During her diplomatic career, she was in charge of the financial and economic cooperation issues. From 1995 to 1997, Ms. Valovaya worked at the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, where she was responsible for relations with the statutory bodies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). She then served as Head of the Monetary and Financial Policy Directorate at the Ministry for the CIS. From 1999 to 2012 Ms. Valovaya worked in the Government administration of the Russian Federation as Deputy Director and then Director of the Department of International Cooperation. Ms. Valovaya joined the Eurasian Economic Commission in 2012 as a Member of the Board (Minister) responsible for integration and macro-economic issues. In 1980, Ms. Valovaya graduated from the Faculty of International Economic Relations of the Moscow Finance Institute. She holds the scientific degree of Candidate of Economic Sciences (1st doctoral level scientific degree and the degree of Doctor of Economic Sciences from the Financial Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation).
Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright & performer, graphic artist & designer and founder of: The Midnight Run (an arts-filled, night-time, urban walking experience.) The Rhythm and Poetry Party (The R.A.P Party) which celebrates poetry & hip hop, and Poetry + Film / Hack (P+F/H) which celebrates Poetry & Film. Across his work, Identity, Displacement & Destiny are reoccurring themes in which he also tries to mix the old with the new: traditional West African oral storytelling with contemporary poetics, paint with pixel, texture with vector. His books are published by Flipped Eye, Akashic, Nine Arches & Oberon.
Adiba Qasim is from Sinjar district northern Iraq. Adiba, a Yazidi survivor, started working with humanitarian NGOs and international media. Working as a humanitarian and a freelancer journalist, Adiba seeks to give voice to the stories of Yazidi women and children who survived the ISIS massacre. Adiba has worked extensively on the cases of child soldiers who have been brainwashed and recruited by ISIS after they were kidnaped in August 2014. In 2016 and 2017, she closely followed and covered the military actions leading to the liberation of cities of Mosul and Sinjar. Currently Adiba is a refugee in Switzerland, a Young Leader in Foreign and Security Policy with global fellowship initiative at the GCSP “Geneva Centre for Security Policy” and a Student in international relations at the University of Geneva.