United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ), New York • November 19th – 20th, 2018


The overarching theme of the 8th UNAOC Global Forum is “#Commit2Dialogue: Partnerships for Prevention and Sustaining Peace”. Mr. António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, will participate in the Forum during its two days.

UNAOC will bring together over 1,000 participants to share knowledge and explore innovative ways of promoting inclusive approaches to conflict prevention as a pathway for sustaining peace. The Forum will also serve as a catalyst for building meaningful partnerships that will help achieve that goal. As such, the themes and sub-themes of the Forum intend to support the Secretary-General’s vision on prevention with its emphasis on the complementarity between sustaining peace and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including Goal 16 on the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies.

The Forum will also place special focus on youth, recognizing that the complex and evolving nature of conflict prevention and peacebuilding requires policy-makers to harness the potential and creativity of young people. In addition to its opening ceremony’s overarching theme, the Forum will address the following topics:


  • Plenary Session 1 ─ Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue: A Tool for Conflict Prevention and Post Conflict Peacebuilding
  • Breakout Session 1 (in parallel) ─ Digital Diplomacy: Online Citizen Engagement and Social Media Platforms as Mechanisms for Prevention and Countering Online Hate Speech
  • Breakout Session 2 ─ Strengthening the Leadership, Inclusion and Visibility of Women in Sustaining Peace Processes
  • Breakout Session 3 ─ Partnerships that Work: Leveraging the Private Sector and Civil Society in Peacebuilding Efforts
  • Youth Event: #UNAOCyouth
  • PLURAL+ Ceremony, by invitation only: #PLURALplus18


  • Group of Friends Ministerial Meeting (all day)
  • Plenary Session 2 ─ Words Matter: The Role and Responsibility of the Media in Shaping Public Perceptions about Migrants and in Promoting Inclusive Societies
  • Breakout Session 4 (in parallel) ─ Many Cultures, One Humanity: The Role and Responsibility of Religious Leaders and Faith-Based Organizations in Building Peaceful and Inclusive Societies
  • Breakout Session 5 ─ Global Citizenship Education
  • Breakout Session 6 ─ The Silk Road: A Route to Peace?
  • Closing Ceremony – Joint Statement by the co-sponsors

More information on the Forum: https://8thglobalforum.unaoc.org/concept-note/

Who (opening ceremony):

  • ­H.E. Mr. António Guterres, UN Secretary-General
  • H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for UNAOC
  • H.E. Mrs. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the UN General Assembly 73rd Session
  • H.E. Mrs. Carmen Calvo, Deputy Prime Minister of Spain (UNAOC co-sponsor)
  • H.E. Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey (UNAOC co-sponsor)

Full list of speakers and programme at: https://8thglobalforum.unaoc.org/agenda/


United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ), November 19th – 20th


United Nations Headquarters
Live webcast: https://8thglobalforum.unaoc.org/webcast/

More information

Website: https://8thglobalforum.unaoc.org/
Twitter: @UNAOC (hashtags:#Commit2Dialogue)
One-minute video teaser: https://8thglobalforum.unaoc.org/video/teaser/

For media queries, including interviews, contact:

  • Nihal Saad, Chief-of-Cabinet & Spokesperson for the High Representative, +1 646-255-4664, saadn@un.org
  • Javier Delgado Rivera, Communications Consultant ─ javierDE@unops.org, +1 929 274 6206 or +1 929 320 9729 (mobile)

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