Opening of HÖFÐI Reykjavík Peace Centre

The University of Iceland and the City of Reykjavik are launching Höfði Reykjavik Peace Centre on the 7th of October 2016. The opening seminar entitled Rethinking Peace and Power will take placebetween 13:00 and 18:00 in the Ceremonial Hall of the University of Iceland, with opening remarks by Mr. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland.

Steve Killelea, Founder & Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace and author of the Global Peace Index and Annika Bergman Rosamond, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Lund University, will give the keynote addresses. Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland, Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of the City of Reykjavik, will address the seminar.

Amongst other speakers are Michele Acuto, Professor in Diplomacy and Urban Theory at University College London, the well renowned film Director Darren Aronofsky and Syrian documentarist Obaidah Zytoon.

The objective of the opening of HÖFÐI Reykjavik Peace Centre at the University of Iceland is to support Reykjavik in its mission of becoming a city of peace, and to advise on how Reykjavik can promote peace at home and abroad. 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.

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