Oslo Pax 2019 is a new annual peace conference and a meeting place for the development of new political ideas and strategies being established in Oslo, Norway. Today and tomorrow, the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo are bringing together young activists, politicians, scientists and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to discuss peace and climate issues.
This year’s topic is peace and climate change, and the aim of the conference is to draw up a set of recommendations for the UN’s Climate Action Summit later this month.
A New Annual Peace Conference Established in Oslo, Norway
The conference will be chaired by Christiana Figueres, the former UN diplomat who was a driving force behind the Paris Agreement of 2015. In Oslo, she will meet young activists, political leaders and experts in a variety of fields.
Together they will propose ways to reduce the negative effects of climate change on peace and security in the world. The Oslo Pax final communique will be presented to UN Secretary-General António Guterres during the Climate Action Summit on 23 September.
Important to involve young people
“The worldwide wave of climate strikes has shown that it is the younger generation who are succeeding in putting the climate on the global agenda. It is important that young people are involved in both discussions about and the formulation of the policies that will shape the future,” says Liv Tørres, executive director of the Nobel Peace Center.
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Important to identify solutions
The young Norwegian climate activist Penelope Lea is one the speakers who will take to the stage during the two-day conference. Another is Kelsey Juliana. who have sued the US government over the climate change crises. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman, the president of the Norwegian Red Cross Robert Mood and Kristin Halvosen, head of Cicero – the Centre for International Climate Research will be joining these two for discussions.
It is important to identify solutions that can stop climate change leading to more war and conflict. Members of the audience will be invited to participate in the formulation of a final communique that will be presented at the UN’s Climate Action Summit on 23 September.
A different kind of peace conference
“We want to stage a different kind of peace conference – with the aim of creating real change and results. We hope that everyone who is concerned about climate change and wants to help prevent it causing more war and conflict in the world will join in this call for action.”
Oslo Pax is a new, annual peace gather in Oslo, presented by the Nobel Peace Center and supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Nobel Peace Center
is one of Norway’s most visited museums, with approximately 250.000 visitors per year. It presents the story of Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Peace Prize laureates and their work and is situated in the heart of Oslo, near the City Hall.
A New Annual Peace Conference Established in Oslo, Norway, based on a press release from the Nobel Peace Center.