Cities of Peace?

Basel, 5. December 2019

The Basel Peace Forum is the only one of its kind. It is the first forum in the world to address the issue of peace at the highest level and in an interdisciplinary manner. Over 250 leaders from business, diplomacy, academia and civil society from more than 20 countries will meet in Basel on 9. and 10. January 2020 to draw inspiration from new ideas on the topic of "Cities of Peace?

This year's edition of the Basel Peace Forum will be dealing with the topic of cities in time of conflict and peace. Cities are already home to half of the world's population and are expected to absorb almost the entire new population growth of the next years. Further, they provide opportunities such as access to a developed infrastructure, employment opportunities and inhibit a higher degree of social mobility compared to rural areas. However, cities are also becoming an increasingly risky place to live in, where neighbors turn into enemies, streets into frontiers, buildings into targets.

The Basel Peace Forum 2020 begins on Thursday evening, 9 January, with a discussion on the topic of "Cities of Peace" on the respective challenges surrounding the city, peace, conflict and security. This will be followed by a flying dinner.

On Friday morning, Elisabeth Ackermann, President of the Government of Basel-Stadt, will open the second day of the Basel Peace Forum, followed by a keynote speech by Christine Schraner Burgener, UN Special Representative for Myanmar, on "Urban Myanmar". The closing panel on Friday evening will be devoted to the theme "The gentle power of street art: insights from Kabul, Oaxaca and Diyarbakir".

Throughout the Basel Peace Forum, you will also have access to various "pavilions" set up to present and discuss a variety of activities related to peacebuilding. In one of these pavilions, for example, you can lead a nation in a computer game and learn how political decisions affect conflicts. You are also invited to be creative with artist collectives from Afghanistan and Mexico, or to visit an impressive exhibition of a young Kurdish activist.

Media representatives are cordially invited to the Basel Peace Forum on 9 and 10 January 2020 and can conduct interviews with the participants on request. For registrations and interview requests contact: or +41 76 592 39 75


Elisabeth Ackermann, President of the Government of the Canton of Basel-Stadt
Dost Bardouille, Senior Leader in Corporate Social Performance, Human Rights and Sustainability
Dino Beerli, Founder & CEO of Superloop Innovation
Bengin Dawod, Urban Designer at Common Affairs Initiator of the Project "The Soul of the City"
Leonhard Burckhardt, Chairman of the Patrons Committee of the Basel Peace Forum
Sarah Cechvala, Managing Director at CDA Collaborative Learning
Claire Devlin, 'From Violence to Peace’ adviser at Christian Aid Ireland
Zehra Doğan, Journalist, Artist and Activist
Brian Ganson, Head of the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement (ACDS) at the USB
Alexander Hug, Former Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Ukraine
David Koranyi, Hungarian Diplomat and Co-Founder of NewsGamer
Esther Maurer, Deputy Director of State Secretariat for Migration
Jerry McCann, Senior Advisor for Build Up
Sean McMurtry, Asset Protection and Conflict Mitigation Manager at Tullow Oil
Eda Elodie Moreau, Artist
Daniel Paris, Medical Director and Head, Department of Medicine at the Swiss TPH
Christine Schraner Burgener, UN Special Representative for Myanmar
Omaid Sharifi, Co-Founder and President of ArtLords
Julie Trébault, Director of the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC), a project of PEN America


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Digital Discourse Analysis in Peace Processes: The Potential of Big Data and Social media in Mediation
Together against the current: an effective multi-stakeholder initiative for durable peace?
Street art in Kabul: a city in the brink of explosion
NewsGamer: A computer game shows how decisions influence conflicts
Street Art in Mexico: An Instrument to Support People
Youth voices on climate change, nuclear threats and international security
A journey of thought: Is a world without borders possible?
Exhibition: Art from prison
Basel - A Center for Science and Research: Understanding Conflicts and Shaping the Future
Art under pressure: a network offers help


Amélie Lustenberger
Media Relations Manager
+41 330 21 47; +41 76 592 39 75

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