12 PM – 5 PM
What is Peace? If attainable, how is it attained? How do countries impacted by violence and social unrest, move forward? What can individuals do to support peace in uncertain times?
Join us for a Summit that seeks to address these and other other pressing questions related to the pursuit of peace around the world. The Peace Talks Summit will focus on the Philippines, Colombia and Palestine, and will highlight the history that gave rise to each conflict, the challenges faced on the road of transitional justice, and the hopes for a lasting peace.
This past year brought historic leaps and challenges in several peace processes. In the Philippines, after years of delay of negotiations by past presidents, the new administration of President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the resumption of the formal peace talks between the GPH and NDFP in Oslo, Norway. Now President Duterte has swiftly shifted his position and the Government out of the negotiations. In Colombia, the government and the FARC reached a final deal – rejected first in a plebiscite – but later re-worked and pushed through Colombia’s Congress. In Palestine, the struggle for peace continues with new challenges posed by the Trump administration.
International solidarity is needed now more than ever. All are welcome.