Global Peace
Education Day

Virtual Conference


20th September 2022 – 11 am New York Time

The Day’s Programme



Your Conference Chair and Host: a welcome from them

Conference Chair:

Gabriela Ramos: UNESCO Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences

Conference Host:

Michael Nouri: International screen actor; Goodwill ambassador for Seeds of Peace and the Multiple Sclerosis Society

Virtual Conference Format

The conference will be delivered via livestream in three language options (English, French and Spanish) in nine parts with keynote speakers, discussion panels and special features.

Each part will be followed by a break: for your reflection, relaxation and enjoyment of inspirational musical and video interludes.

Part 1: Call for a UN Day for Global Peace Education

Welcome from Founders

Alberto Guerrero:
President, Federación Española De Asociaciones,
Centros Y Clubes Para La UNESCO

Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury:
Distinguished Featured Speaker: Founder, Global Movement for The Culture of Peace; Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN

Why Campaign for a United Nations Peace Education Day?

The United Nations declared 2021 as the International Year for Peace and Trust. The United Nations has established more than 150 international days for different humanitarian themes. However, there is no day dedicated specifically to the theme of peace education.

Because peace education is central to the United Nations central mission, it certainly deserves a special day for public awareness – a day to promote practical efforts in peace education throughout the world, a day to empower educators for peace; a day to connect and celebrate with others in the peace education field.


Keynotes: Call to the UN


Founder; Global Movement for a Culture of Peace; Former Under-Secretary-General, United Nations; Former President, UN Security Council

Federico Mayor Zaragoza

Founder, Culture of Peace Foundation; Former Director General, UNESCO

Doudou Diene

Former Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance

Ouided Bouchamaoui

2015 Nobel Peace Laureate, President, Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA)

Prof Karim Errouaki, PhD:

Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Foreign Affairs and International Development, the State of the African Diaspora (SOAD), President Emeritus of the American University of Europe, Former Special Advisor to the UN SG late Prof. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Ambassador of OLA-DSCC to the UNECA, African Union and CAFRAD-PanAfrican Intergovernmental Organization.

Reiner Braun

Executive Director, International Peace Bureau

Garry Jacobs

President and CEO, World Academy of Arts and Sciences

Ambassador Amat Al Alim Alsoswa

Former Minister of Human Rights, Yemen; former UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator, and Regional Director of the Arab States Bureau

Francisco Rojas

8th Rector, University of Peace (UPEACE), Costa Rica

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Part 2: A Culture of Peace

What skills and knowledge do we need to build a culture of peace on a healthy planet? Some leading voices offer examples.


Federico Mayor Zaragoza: Founder, Culture of Peace Foundation; Former Director General, UNESCO
Prem Rawat:  Author; Founder of The Prem Rawat Foundation and the Peace Education Program. 
Steve Killilea AM: Founder & Executive Chairman, The Charitable Foundation; Institute for Economics and Peace


Ramu Damoradan:  Former Chief of Academic Impact, United Nations
Alexander Laszlo, PhD: Human Evolution to Peace
Willow Baker: Program Director, Peace Education Program, TPRF

Special Features

Tony Jenkins, PhD: Mapping Peace Education

Part 3: Restoring Humanity

What skills must we learn to support more than a million people forced to flee their homes by conflict, climate change and persecution? Can peace education make us more human?

Keynote – Peace Skill: Right Relationship

Lisa Worth Huber PhD:  President and Board Chair, National Peace Academy



Guila Clara Kessous, PhD: Moderator – UNESCO Artist for Peace
Richard F. Mollica, MD, MAR: Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) at Massachusetts General Hospital
Enayet Khan: Artist; Photographer; Publisher Rohingya Together; Mentor, Rohingya refugee youth in Cox’s Bazar, world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh.
Professor Nisha Sajnani: is the Director of the Program in Drama Therapy, Chair of the Creative Arts Therapies Consortium and International Research Alliance, and founder of the Arts and Health initiative at New York University.
Héloïse Onumba-Bessonnet: victimologist specialising in sexual violence in armed conflict.
LOBA Association, Project Manager for Re-Création by LOBA.


Part 4: Peace & Justice


Bishop Horace Smith, M.D: Pastor, Chicago Apostolic Faith Church


Philip Shelton: Moderator – Director, Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity, Indianapolis, US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Rita Rubin Long:  Educational consultant.  Peace education facilitator.  Kent State survivor.
David Weinberg:  Executive Director, Global Peace Education Network, Inc.


Chic Dambach: President Emeritus, Alliance for Peacebuilding




Part 5: Peace & Leadership

How do peacebuilding skills merge with global economics to promote a culture of peace? How will peace education stop the scourge of prejudice and violence?


Stephane Monney Mouandjo, PhD:  Directeur Général, Centre Africain de Formation et de Recherche Administrative pour le Développement (CAFRAD)


Marc Levitte: Moderator – Executive coach;  Senior Facilitator, the Art of Hosting.
Bakari Sidiki Diaby: Founder, CADHA-Afrique
Rachidi Adam: President, Paix et Education; Assistant Administratif, FODEFCA
Philippe Rio: Mayor, Grigny, France; Vice-President, sustainable development, energy transition, water cycle and biodiversity, Grand Paris Sud; Vice-President of City and Suburbs; President, Association “Maires pour la Paix France”. On September 13, 2021, the World Mayor Foundation named him “Best Mayor in the World”.

Special Feature

Michael Nouri: Reading Letter from Matsui Kazumi, President of Mayors for Peace; Mayor, Hiroshima, Japan


Part 6: Peace & Planet

The UN Secretary General warns that “we’re sleepwalking toward climate catastrophe.” How can education reverse this trend? Young global activists showcase solutions


Kehkashan Basu: M.S.M. Founder, Green Hope Foundation
Francisca Cortes Solari: Founder, Filantropia Solari
Alexia Leclercq: Grassroots environmental justice organizer; Co-founder, Start: Empowerment





Part 7: Arts and Peace

The language of the arts flows through borders and transforms lives. How do arts and culture nurture peace skills? Our artists offer a creative exploration.


Aixa Portero Y De La Torre PhD: Fine Arts Professor, University of Granada

RoundTable Panel

Alla Rogers: Moderator – Artist & Curator
Richard Dana: Artist
Melvin Hardy: Chairman, Millennium Arts Salon
Lucian Perkins: Independent photographer, and filmmaker
Sarah Tanguy: Curator



Part 8: Peace & War

Nuclear holocaust is closer than ever before.  Armed conflicts are raging in 27 countries, with civilian populations mistreated by the military.  How can peace education help end the threat of war?


Gina Langton MAMBM FRSA: Founder of 80,000 Voices Ltd, one of the partners of ICAN (the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017
Monica Willard: URI and International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation
Fawziah al-Ammar Phd: is a senior research fellow with the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies where she leads the center’s research on the psychological impacts of the ongoing conflict. She is an assistant professor of psychology at Amran University


Tezekiah Gabriel: Executive Director, Pathways to Peace
Tadhi Blackstone: Institute of Noetic Sciences




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