Established as a Treaty Organization with its own Charter in an International Agreement adopted by the General Assembly in its Resolution 35/55, dated 5 December 1980, the University for Peace has the mission:

"to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace and with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations".

To that aim, UPEACE is organizing an International Colloquium on “Politics, Responsibility and Peace,” with the special contribution of Prof. Wolfgang Heuer from Free University in Berlin, Germany.

The International Colloquium will take place on the main campus of the University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica on 21-22 November 2017 (see the agenda here), as part of an international academic dialogue towards establishing cooperation and considering solutions to the challenges pertaining to 21st Century.

Erosion of the public space and democracy, growing xenophobia and racism, nationalism, totalitarian regimes, massive human rights abuses, the growing number of rightless and stateless people globally, are all aspects representing a serious threat to peace on a local, regional and global level.

Through this Colloquium, the University for Peace would like to focus on exploring “Politics, Responsibility and Peace” not only through an interdisciplinary perspective, but through theoretical and practical approaches as well. This due to the fact that the complexity of our current global reality requires original and creative solutions, as well as examining phenomena through all-encompassing lenses. Another aim of this event is to retrieve the meaning of politics and its junction with responsibility towards achieving sustainable peace.

One of the most unique approaches has been offered by German-Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt, which is why this International Colloquium will seek understandings within her framework, though not exclusively. Therefore, any original and unique approach that tackles any of the topics through a cross-cutting and interdisciplinary perspective is welcome. Furthermore, we welcome contributions and participation from a variety of academic fields, as well as NGOs and media representatives, UN organization or specialized agencies, individual experts, consultants, etc. See the list of participants here, along with their abstracts.

The topics will focus on the questions of:

  • The condition of politics today and how to retrieve its meaning, having in mind growing totalitarianism, xenophobia and racism;
  • Phenomenon of growing nationalism globally;
  • Rethinking of violence;
  • New human rights approaches towards dealing with rightlessness and statelessness;
  • Creation of public spaces through activism;
  • The role of internet as erosion or enforcement of public spaces;
  • Intersection, and compatibility or incompatibility between justice and politics;
  • Political reconciliation, memory and justice;
  • Accountability and responsibility for massive human rights abuses;

The organizing committee of the International Colloquium will publish all controbutions in an online format by Summer 2018.

For more information, please contact Jana Lozanoska.