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Helsinki Peace Talks

Towards Just and Inclusive Peace

Each year, the International Day of Peace and the International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September mobilise people to take action for a more peaceful world. This year, Felm, in collaboration with various partners, is delighted to honor the Peace Day by organising a series of events.

Towards Just and Inclusive Peace

September 19 – 24, 2018

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki Peace Talks comprises of various high level, international events from roundtable meetings and movie screening to open seminars, depending on the nature of each session.

EU´s Role in the Implementation of SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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Open seminar

European Union is the world´s biggest donor in development cooperation. It plays big role in many peace negotiations, it always reminds how its own existence is based on values, justice and good governance. What is the role of EU in the implementation on SDG 16 and how it is seen from Arab region? Finland is preparing itself for the coming EU presidency 2019 and SDG 16 is one of topics to be debated in next year´s high level political forum. Join us debating EU´s and Arab region´s point of views and what will happen 2019. This event is organised by Kehys, in collaboration with Felm.

Strategic Workshop on Peace Technology

19th September 2018, 1pm – 3:30pm, Felm, Maistraatinportti 2 (invitation-based)

Peace technology (PeaceTech) is growing and developing rapidly. There is exciting potential for both greater impact in conflict and fragile contexts but also for Finnish actors. The strategic workshop brings together experts and policymakers to create joint understanding on development avenues for PeaceTech. The workshop consists of four themes debated in a learning café ensuring an active participatory approach. The themes will be Future strategy for Finland, PeaceTech for end-users, Conflict sensitivity in PeaceTech and Artificial Intelligence in PeaceTech.  This workshop is co-organised by Felm, Crisis Management Initiative, Finn Church Aid and SaferGlobe.

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The Participation and Inclusion of Women in the Implementation of the Colombian Peace Agreement

20th September 2018, 8:30am – 4pm, Engel Hall, Merikasarmi   
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The objective of this seminar is to deepen the understanding and lessons learnt of the inclusion of women in Colombian peace negotiations and the signing of a gender-sensitive peace accord. The seminar unfolds the challenges and opportunities of the inclusive approach in the implementation of the peace accord and its contribution to the long-term peacebuilding in Colombia. The event is co-organised with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

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Peacemaker Movie Screening

20th September 2018, 17:00 – 8pm, Suomen Elokuvasäätiö, Auditorio Kino K-13 (invitation-based)

Felm hosts a movie night showing a documentary Peacemaker by James Demo, which showcases the journey of an Irish peacemaker, professor Padraig O’Malley (trailer of the movie: We are privileged to have both Mr. Demo and Prof. O’Malley attend the documentary screening. Mr. O’Malley has specialised in divided societies and done a lot of research and work on reconciliation. In this event, Mr. O’Malley shares reflections on his journey as a peacemaker, and on finding peace amidst conflict. The event is co-organised with the Embassy of South Africa to Finland.

The Role of Psychosocial Support in Peacebuilding and Reconciliation

21st September 2018, 8:30am – 4pm, Bulevardin seurakuntasali, Bulevardi 16 B, Helsinki (invitation-based)

The seminar aims to deepen the understanding of how psychosocial support (PSS), the approach and methods, could be integrated in a more systematic and comprehensive way into peace and dialogue processes as well as post-conflict peacebuilding and reconciliation. Felm commissioned research on Psychosocial support, peacebuilding and reconciliation in three different settings to generate data and knowledge on how best to address the questions raised above. The research will be published during the seminar and key findings presented by two senior experts and researches of Felm, Dr. Anne Kubai and Ms. Kathy Angi. The presentation will be followed by an expert panel discussion that will comment and reflect on the findings of the research and contemplate on how this work can be carried forward. The seminar is co-organised with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.

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Youth, Peace and Security Follow-Up: Moving from whom to include to how to include

21st September 2018, 10am—12pm venue Etelänranta 8, pre-consultation round-table verifying the framework for consultation held on 28.9. (invitation-based)

Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015) and 2419 (2018) recognize the important and positive contributions of youth in the maintenance and promotion of peace and security, affirms their critical role in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and stresses the importance of empowering youth in peacebuilding. In those resolutions, the Council has called on all relevant actors to consider ways for increasing the representation of young people when negotiating and implementing peace agreements, recognizing that their marginalization was detrimental to building sustainable peace. The international community and international civil society actors have been active supporters of the resolutions’ follow up and in that context Finland has suggested developing National Action Plans on Youth, Peace and Security. This event is organised by Changemaker.

Peace Evening Prayer

21st September 2018, 6pm, Helsinki Cathedral, in collaboration with Helsinki Cathedral Parish

We are delighted to welcome you to the Peace Evening Prayer at Helsinki Cathedral on Friday 21 September at 6pm, on the International Peace Day. The theme of the Prayer follows the words of Isaiah “Lord, you establish peace for us” (Isaiah 26:12). All are welcome to attend the prayer for peace. The evening prayer is organised in collaboration with the Helsinki Cathedral Parish.

Churches Building Peace – Between Expectations and Experiences

24th September 2018, 8:30am – 4pm, Bulevardin seurakuntasali, Bulevardi 16 B, Helsinki
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The objective of the seminar is to gain a profound understanding of the roles, possibilities and limitations of churches in conflicts and peacebuilding. The integral nature of the church in the society opens possibilities but also sets limits. In this seminar we are looking at the examples from Zimbabwe, Uganda, Colombia and Palestine. The speakers of the seminar are researches, church leaders and members who have participated in national peace processes. The seminar introduces different views and perspectives, as well as practical examples, theory and critique on the issue of churches in peace building. This seminar is organized in co-operation with the Church in Helsinki.

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