The Voices of Sustaining Peace: Innovating capacity building for peace in the face of COVID 19

Jan 20 2021 14:00 - 15:30

This interactive virtual Zoom conference will bring together the real (s)heroes of the stories from the “Voices of Sustaining Peace” social media campaign as well as the Board Members and the broader public to discuss pandemic-spurred innovations in the field of sustaining peace.

The discussion will focus on the challenges that each of the story protagonists faced in their peacebuilding/ humanitarian/ development work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; on how they are dealing with these challenges and what sorts of innovative tools and approached are being used; as well as on what is required to successfully adjust to the “new normal”. In the end, all attendees and speakers will be invited for a Q&A exchange to draw conclusions from the experience to date and identify ways forward.


  • Peacebuilding and Mediation
  • Justice
  • Humanitarian Action
  • Youth, Peace and Security
  • Communication and Media Diplomacy


Moderator: UNITAR Division for Peace Advisory Board Member - TBC

Panel/ story protagonists:

  • Mr. Ali Chahine, Peacebuilding consultant and facilitator in MENA region, UNITAR Mediation and Conflict Analysis Trainer
  • Ms. Orsolya Bader, Digital Networks & Society Department, Telecommunication Development Bureau, International Telecommunication Union
  • Mr. Rohullah Azizi, Curriculum Adviser at Afghanistan Legal Education Project (ALEP), Appeals Representative, Fulbright Scholar
  • Ms. Cristina and Ms. Leidy Ríos, Heads of Corporación Génesis, an NGO dedicated to peacebuilding in Colombia
  • Mr. Hisham Al-Omeisy, Conflict analyst, Yemen
  • Facilitator in mediation, Libya - TBC

Registered attendees will have a chance to participate in the online Q&A session, and are also welcome to send their questions in advance to

The conference will be live-streamed on the UNITAR YouTube channel.