New York City, September 18, 2020 — As the United Nations marks its 75th anniversary, Shared_Studios and the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) are launching a virtual dialogue series to highlight the knowledge, experience and visions for the future of communities on the frontlines of conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding efforts. The series, featuring voices from Afghanistan, Bolivia, Iraq, Rwanda and Uganda, will explore a range of themes related to peace, including the role of technology in advancing peace initiatives; art in local peacemaking and conflict prevention; and how pop culture can shape the norms of peace. The conversations among these international participants will focus on community-based efforts to sustain peace and explore how interdisciplinary approaches can help spark dialogue, build social cohesion and resolve conflict. Talking Peace serves as a complementary and innovative public engagement experience to DPPA’s exhibit The Work of Peace, which is celebrating the UN’s work in conflict prevention, mediation and peacebuilding in its first 75 years.
“Over the past six years, Shared Studios has created meaningful human connections between people separated by distance and difference. We are excited to use our learnings to engage with communities under DPPA’s global mandate of preventing and resolving conflict around the world to bring their stories to the fore,” said Shared_Studios co-founder and Talking Peace Creative Director, Michelle Moghtader. “Talking Peace provides an opportunity for the peacebuilding community to listen and learn from the experiences of community leaders, artists and changemakers around the world, while also providing them space to exchange and learn from one another.”
DPPA is proud to partner with Shared_Studios to provide creative and innovative groups in Afghanistan, Bolivia, Iraq, Rwanda and Uganda on the forefront of peacebuilding initiatives, a novel and engaging platform to share local realities of conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding. “DPPA’s work can only succeed when it is inclusive, enjoys legitimacy and the broadest support possible. The Talking Peace conversation series is one approach to learning from experiences on the ground, in this case, through the power of curated conversations using technology as an enabler,” highlights Rosemary A. DiCarlo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs.
On the occasion of International Peace Day on 21 September 2020, the series will start with a conversation among artists from all five countries exploring the intersection of art and peace. The series will run through December, culminating in a (virtual) tentpole event around the future of peace.
For more information and to keep up with conversations added weekly, please visit www.talkingpeace.events.
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About UN DPPA:
The Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) plays a central role in United Nations efforts to prevent deadly conflict and build sustainable peace around the world. DPPA monitors and assesses global political developments with an eye to detecting potential crises and devising effective responses. The Department provides support to the Secretary-General and his envoys in their peace initiatives, as well as to UN political missions around the world. DPPA is also an agile platform for crisis response, capable, with the assent of countries concerned, of rapidly deploying mediators and other peacemaking expertise worldwide and cooperating closely with regional organizations on the frontlines of conflicts.
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