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The debate on peace, disarmament and the peaceful resolution of conflicts has rarely been more important. Peace is a prerequisite for well-being, equality, social stability as well as environmental and human rights protection.
Among keynote speakers are:
- Amina J Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group
- Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy, Human Rights Watch
- Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, Director of Center for Women, Peace and Security LSE
- Dag Nylander, Director of NOREF
- Mahbouba Seraj, Women Rights Activist and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
Featuring panels organised by Nordic Peace Research Institutes; SIPRI, PRIO, DIIS, NUPI, TAPRI, Åland Island Peace Research Institute and CMI - Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation
Nordic Solidarity for Peace
The Icelandic Presidency will pay special attention to the importance of peace as the prerequisite for welfare, human rights, and environmental protection. The aim of the conference in Reykjavík is to bring together a dynamic group of creative thinkers to engage in an intergenerational dialogue on how we can strengthen Nordic cooperation for peace.
Throughout history, the Nordic countries have sought to find peaceful solutions to their disputes through dialogue and cooperation and have worked together on the international stage to ensure Nordic values such as democracy, equality and human rights. Poverty and conflict are widely understood to be interconnected, and therefore it is also important to tackle the economic causes of conflict, address inequality and build well-governed, inclusive, and fair societies. The Nordic countries are proponents of multilateral cooperation being the most efficient means to deal with global security challenges. They have a long-standing commitment to disarmament and arms control and have contributed actively in order to re-energize the work on the disarmament agenda.
The effects of Russia's illegal invasion in Ukraine are being felt across Europe and beyond, and the security situation in the West has changed completely. The discussion on peace, disarmament and the peaceful resolution of disputes has therefore rarely been more important. These circumstances make the solidarity and cooperation of the Nordic nations vitally important.
Like war, the climate crisis also drives people away from their homes and into displacement. If present trends continue, climate crisis will lead to a great increase in migration in the coming years and decades, with a significant rise in the numbers of environmental refugees. The fight against the dangers of climate crisis is one of the main foundations for welfare and safety, and peace similarly is the basis for being able to fight against climate crisis, maintain social stability and increase equity.
It is vital that the Nordic countries work together to put climate issues on the agenda in a decisive way. The Nordic countries can and should be a strong force for peace on the international arena, advocating for international agreements on peace and disarmament, based on their history of close cooperation when it comes to welfare, democracy and human rights.
We hope you can join us in Reykjavík for a discussion on the Nordic vision for peace!