The Imagine Forum 2023 - Nordic Solidarity for Peace

Höfði friðarsetur


DAY 1: October 10  - Tuesday; Venue Norðurljós

Registration & Welcome

Opening Session

Opening remarks Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland

Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister for Nordic Cooperation/ Minister of Social Affairs and the Labour Market

Keynote address - How Can We Achieve Sustainable Peace?

Amina J Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group

Opening panel  - Global Challenges to Peace in the 21st Century

Address by Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iceland

Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy, Human Rights Watch, Dag Nylander, Director of the Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution (NOREF), Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, Founder and CEO of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) and an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)

Moderated by Pia Hansson, Director of Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre, University of Iceland

Coffee break

Nordic Solidarity for Peace: The Way Forward

Anne Beathe Tvinnereim, Minister of International Development and Minister of Nordic Cooperation, Norway, Bjarni Kárason Petersen, Minister for Justice and Minister for Nordic Cooperation, Faroe Islands, Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister for Nordic Cooperation/ Minister of Social Affairs and the Labour Market, Iceland


The Role of Cities in Promoting Peace

Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of Reykjavík, Juhana Vartiainen, Mayor of Helsinki, Andriy Sadovyi, Mayor of Lviv

Introduction of Mayors for Peace Children’s Art Competition “Peaceful Towns”

Spotlight Session – The Rollback of Womens Rights in Afghanistan: How to Negotiate a Way Forward

Mahbouba Seraj, Afghan Journalist and Women Rights Activist and Pashtana Durrani, Executive Director of LEARN Afghan and Human Rights Activist

Moderated by Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland and Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

Closing panel

What role for Nordic Peace Research in a Deteriorating Geopolitical Landscape?

Jannie Lilja, Director of Studies, Peace and Development, at SIPRI, Pia Hansson, Director Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre, Louise Olsson, Research Director, Department of Global Politics, Norms and Society, Peace Research Institute Oslo, Marko Lehti, Research Director of Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI), Anine Hagemann, Special Advisor, Foreign Ministry of Denmark

Moderated by Guðmundur Hálfdanarson, Professor of History and Chair of the board of the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland

Reception and concert at the Nordic House, “Woman – Life – Freedom“ with Samara Bahrami og Morten Haugshøj í Norræna húsinu

DAY 2: 11. October  - Wednesday; Venue Norðurljós

Opening remarks Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland

Opening panel

The Peace and Security Implications of Climate Change for the Nordic Region

Cedric de Coning, Research Professor, NUPI, Research on the interlinkages between climate change, peace and security, and implications for the Nordic region, Emma Hakala, Senior Research Fellow, FIIA, Climate change related geopolitical risks for Nordic countries, Minoo Koefoed, Senior Research Fellow, NUPI – Climate change and risks to social cohesion, resilience and human security, Kyungmee Kim, Senior Researcher, SIPRI - the role of Nordic countries in contributing to global debates about climate, peace and security

Moderated by Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Professor of International Relations at the University of Iceland

Coffee Break

The Role of Art for Peace-building

Khaled Barakeh, conceptual artist and cultural activist, Samara Bahrami, singer and songwriter, Lisa Glybchenko, PhD researcher & Entrepreneur in Visual Peace Technology

Lunch break

New Conflict Constellations, New Conflict-Resolution Thinking?

Peer Schouten, Senior researcher at DIIS, associate researcher at IPIS, Justine Chambers, Postdoctoral research fellow at DIIS and visiting fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the Australian National University, Signe Marie Cold-Ravnkilde, Senior Researcher DIIS, Dino Krause, Postdoc Researcher at DIIS

Moderated by Mona Kanwal Sheikh, Senior researcher and head of unit at DIIS

Feminist Approaches to Nordic Peace

Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Professor of International Relations University of Iceland, Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Professor of peace and conflict studies at the Centre for Peace Studies, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Dr. Louise Ridden, post-doctoral researcher, Tampere University, Alice Urusaro Uwagaga Karekezi, PhD from the School of Global Studies, University of Göteborg

Moderated by Élise Feron, Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI)

Coffee break

Closing Session - Nordic Peace Revisited

Hanna Klinge, Deputy CEO at CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation, Marko Lehti, Research Director of Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI), Isabel Bramsen, Associate Professor and Director of Peace and Conflict Studies at Lund University

Reception - Icelandic Stand- Up - Ari Eldjárn, Comedian