How to build lasting peace? - a One Young World Community Event


16 February 2023

A One Young World Community Event funded by the European Union

Join on 16 February, One Young World and a selection of the world's most impactful young peacebuilders to discuss and reflect on the topics of peacebuilding and conflict resolution.


The session will take place online in two halves, with prestigious speakers providing expert insight and diverse panels of young leaders delving deeper into the topics. Attendees will also have the opportunity to connect and engage in structured networking sessions.


Please join via Zoom for as much of the session as you can, but you are welcome to join only one of the two halves depending on your availability at specific times.



16 FEBRUARY 10:00 - 13:00 GMT

Peacebuilding (AM)

10:00 - 10:05 Welcome remarks from Kate Robertson, One Young World Co-Founder


10:05 - 10:15 Q&A with Professor Thuli Madonsela, Director of Center for Social Justice at Stellenbosch University, Founder of the Thuma Foundation, Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and Former Public Protector of South Africa


10:15 - 10:35 The Role of Youth in Conflict Discourse with Ekaterina Zagladina, President of the Secretariat of Novel Peace Laureates


10:35 - 11:00 Forced Migration, and The Role of Education in Building More Peaceful Communities
with Hiba Qasas, Head of the Secretariat of The Principles for Peace Initiative


11:00 - 12:00 Workshop hosted by The Principles for Peace on A more inclusive and legitimate approach to lasting peace


12:00 - 12:50 Breakout Networking sessions hosted by One Young World Ambassadors


12:50 - 13:00 Closing remarks from Natalie Pauwels, Head of Unit for Global and Transregional Threats and Challenges at the European Commission

16 FEBRUARY 15:00 - 18:00 GMT

Conflict Resolution (PM)

15:00 - 15:05 Welcome remarks from Kate Robertson, One Young World Co-Founder


15:05 - 15:35 Keynote speech followed by Q&A with Michael Møller, Former Director-General of the UN Office in Geneva


15:35 - 15:50 The Role of Disinformation in Fuelling Hate Speech and Preventing Conflict Resolutions with Hanna Liubakova, Belarusian journalist and activist


15:50 - 16:10 Shifting The Power: The Role Of Women In Conflict Resolution And Peacekeeping with Hasina Shafi, former Acting Minister of Women Affairs for Afghanistan


16:10 - 17:10 Workshop hosted by Million Peacemakers on Nonflict: The Art of Everyday Peacemaking 


17:10 - 17:50 Breakout Networking sessions hosted by One Young World Ambassadors


17:50 - 18:00 Closing remarks from Bárbara Matias, European Commission Programme Manager at the Global and Transregional Threats and Challenges Unit of the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments

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Speaker summaries

  • Photo of Bárbara Matias

    Bárbara Matias

    European Commission Programme Manager at the Global and Transregional Threats and Challenges Unit of the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments

    Bárbara is involved in the Prevention of Violent Extremism and Organized Crime thematics of the Unit’s portfolio. Prior to taking up her current role, she was interim Desk Officer for Belarus and Armenia in DG NEAR in the period following the fraudulent presidential elections in Belarus and the recent Nagorno-Karabakh war (2020/2021), and Desk Officer for Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia in DG INTPA, related to implementing the EU’s new Indo-Pacific Strategy (2021).


    Before joining the European Commission, she worked in NATO’s Operations Unit as Programme Officer on defense capacity-building of Iraq and, when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, I was assigned to the Euro-Atlantic Crisis Center (EADRCC) as Lead Officer on NATO-EU aid coordination. Before that, Bárbara moved to Kosovo to work for a local NGO, the Group for Legal and Political Studies, as Policy Analyst on EU-Western Balkans relations.


  • Photo of Ekaterina Zagladina

    Ekaterina Zagladina

    President of the Secretariat of Nobel Peace Laureates

    Ekaterina Zagladina has worked as the President of the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates since 2006, when she was nominated to serve in the role by former USSR President, Nobel Peace Laureate, and founder of the World Summit, Mikhail Gorbachev. Since then, the Summit has grown substantially at an international level in every dimension. 


    As President of the Permanent Secretariat, her main objectives are to assist Nobel Peace Laureates and Organizations spread their messages of peace and to inspire ordinary citizens and governments alike to achieve peace through dialogue and understanding. She believes deeply in the ideologies of the Nobel Peace Prize and the mission of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. 


  • Photo of Hanna Liubakova on stage at Manchester OYW Summit 2022

    Hanna Liubakova

    Belarusian journalist

    Hanna Liubakova is a journalist and researcher from Belarus. She is currently a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council. She started her career at the only independent Belarusian TV channel Belsat where she worked as a correspondent and presenter. Hanna has reported from various countries and regions, including Belgium, the UK, Poland, France, and Chechnya. She was a recipient of the Václav Havel Journalism Fellowship at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Czechia, as well as a World Press Institute Fellowship in the United States.

  • Hasina Safi at OYW Manchester 2023 Summit

    Hasina Safi

    Former Acting Minister of Women Affairs for Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

    Hasina Safi is a professional leader, well-known civil society, and women's rights activist. She is an expert with considerable and proven experience of over 20 years in development practices focused on organisational development, women's economic empowerment, capacity building, advocacy for women’s rights, civil society, peacebuilding, and human rights. Ms Safir has been nominated for the N-Peace Award and has received Bibi Khadija Awards.

  • Portrait of Hiba Qasas

    Hiba Qasas

    Executive Director, Principles for Peace

    Served at the United Nations for 17 years in various leadership and expert roles at head quarters and in Arab States. Former Chief of the Crisis Prevention and Response Office in Geneva. Former UN Women Country Representative in Iraq. Coordinated Crisis Prevention and Response with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau at headquarters and led programmes at UNDP office in Jerusalem.

  • Portrait of Kate Robertson

    Kate Robertson

    Co-Founder of One Young World

    Kate served as Chairman of the Havas group from 2006 to 2015 and as Global President from 2013. Working mainly in global roles, Kate became convinced of the importance of the roles of global institutions and global businesses in the certainty that what unites people is greater than geographical distance and national distinctions.


    Having grown up in apartheid South Africa, Kate's world view is defined by having witnessed the creation of its new way of life. Awed by the leadership of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kate believes in the limitless possibilities a sense of shared humanity can create. Inspired by her love for the Olympic movement and its values, One Young World should, in Kate's vision, give young leaders a chance to meet their counterparts from every country in the world and resolve to make the world a better place.

  • Michael Møller at the OYW 2019 London Summit

    Michael Møller

    Former Director-General, UN Office at Geneva

    Michael Møller has over 40 years of experience as an international civil servant in the United Nations. He began his career in 1979 with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and worked for the United Nations in different capacities in New York, Mexico, Iran, Haiti, Cyprus and Geneva.


    Mr Møller served as Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva as well as Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament and Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the Conference of Disarmament from September 2013 to July 2019. Prior to that, Mr Møller served as Executive Director of the Kofi Annan Foundation from 2008 to 2011.

  • Thuli Madonsela speaking at a OYW Summit

    Professor Thuli Madonsela

    Director of Center for Social Justice at Stellenbosch University, Founder of the Thuma Foundation, Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and Former Public Protector of South Africa

    A multiple award-winning legal professional, with over 50 national and global awards, Madonsela has eight honorary doctor of laws degrees. She is credited with transforming the institution by enhancing its effectiveness in promoting good governance and integrity through her reports, jurisprudence on the powers of the Public Protector and introduction of ADR.


    As a full-time commissioner of the South African Law Commission, she supervised several investigations on aligning all laws with the Constitution, and participated in the drafting of several laws. In 2014, Madonsela was named one of Time 100’s Most Influential People in the World, and in 2016 Forbes Africa Person and one of BBC’s 100 Women.

  • Portrait of Natalie Pauwels

    Natalie Pauwels

    Head of Unit for Global and Transregional Threats and Challenges in the European Commission’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments

    Natalie joined the European Commission in 2005, first in the Directorate-General for Environment where she worked in the international relations directorate and in various policy-related positions, including EU and global biodiversity policy, before joining the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Environment in 2013.


    She then served as policy assistant to the Director-General for Environment from 2015 until 2019, when she joined the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments as Head of Unit for regulatory foreign policy instruments, including sanctions, the Kimberley Process and the EU’s anti-torture regulation. Prior to taking up her current role, she served as Deputy Head of Cabinet to the European Commissioner for Crisis Management – Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection.