“I want there to be peace everywhere, but my brothers and I are still working on that.”– Malala Yousafzai
HÖFÐI Reykjavík Peace Centre is run under the auspices of the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland and is a forum for international multidisciplinary cooperation, with an emphasis on the role of small states, cities and citizens in promoting peace.
Reykjavik has placed great emphasis on human rights and peace in its work and policies. The launching of HÖFÐI Reykjavik Peace Centre at the University of Iceland is thus an important next step in Reykjavík's mission of becoming a city of peace. The Peace Centre will promote non-violent communications, the eradication of interpersonal violence and peaceful relations between states and organizations. Additionally, it will promote peace through research and education, including the development of a graduate programme in peace and conflict studies at the University of Iceland.
We believe that by pooling together knowledge from individuals, different academic schools of thought, international organizations as well as from civil society working towards peace and for non-violence it is possible to create a deeper understanding of what peace means, how each individual can work towards peace and thereby help to build peaceful communities. By starting small we will be able to contribute to peace on a global level.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”– Nelson Mandela