Programme

In addition to school visits there are a variety of free events during the Youth Peace Week. Welcome aboard!

MONDAY 16.9.2019

Seminar on Humanitarian Law, Jyväskylä

The University of Jyväskylä, C-building, Room C5, 1PM 

UN Association of Jyväskylä, Finnish Red Cross

The UN Association of Jyväskylä with Finnish Red Cross are organizing a seminar on Humanitarian Law to discuss the rules of war and protection of children and youth during armed conflict. 

Read more and get involved: https://www.facebook.com/events/2315639838543107/

Peace Afterwork, Turku

Portti (Hämeenkatu 7), 6PM

UN Association of Turku, The Finnish Peace Committee Turku

How can we endorse peace in our everyday lives? How should Finland work for peace and limit polarization? How should we react to new peace related threats such as climate change? This event includes relaxed conversation of peace-related themes lead by an expert from the The Finnish Peace Committee Turku.

Read more and get involved: https://www.facebook.com/events/1697194813755942/

Human rights night, Tampere

Amnesty Tampere

Pella’s Cafe, Hämeenkatu 14, klo 18

There is no peace without human rights, no human rights without peace. Welcome to meet new friends and learn more about human rights work with Amnesty Tampere local group! The event is held in Finnish.

TUESDAY 17.9.2019

Play Europe game at Oodi, Helsinki

Eu@Oodi, 11AM-12.30PM

European Youth Parliament’s mission is to inspire and empower young Europeans to become open-minded and active citizens – that’s why we are taking part in Youth Peace Week. Together with Youth Academy, we have just launched our new Europe mobile game and we invite you to play with us! The game is unfortunately in Finnish, but we are happy to discuss about our activities in English too.

Beyond Borders -Event, Helsinki

Think Corner (Yliopistonkatu 4), 5 PM

Think Corner

Think Corner of the University of Helsinki recommends the Crazy World series which scours for causes and solutions to an unequal and divided world. What kind of knowledge can be gained from being a refugee and living without a nation of one’s own? And what kind of effects do immigrants and their experiences have on the regions where they end up?

Participate in the event at the Think Corner or follow the live stream online (https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/unitube/video/21199). The series may also be watched afterwards on the Think Corner‘s website. 

More information about the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/355708778684867/ 

“Peace Movie night”, Espoo

Soukantie 13, 02360 Espoo, 7PM

Changemaker Espoo

Are you interested in peacebuilding? Welcome to learn more about peace related issues with Changemaker! The “Peace Movie Night” is held in Finnish in Sode (Soukantie 13, 02360 Espoo). Everybody is warmly welcome to participate!

WEDNESDAY 18.9.2019

The Future Challenges of EU´s Crisis Management -Seminar, Helsinki

The National Museum of Finland (Mannerheimintie 34), 1PM

Wider Security Network

The European Union ́s civil crisis management is being updated via the Civilian CSDP Compact process which would commit member states to further engage in civil crisis management and enhance the legal and domestic policy cooperation between member state actors. But would this reform eliminate primacy of the concept of local ownership in crisis management? What are Finland’s views about this development during its Presidency in the EU Council. The event is held in Finnish.

Read more and register by 13.9.: https://www.facebook.com/events/618729321868649/ 

Peace meal, Jyväskylä

Lyhty-building in Seminaarinmäki, 5PM

UN Association of Jyväskylä, AIESEC

Come and share a part of your culture and enjoy a trip around a world of tastes with us! Interesting conversations over a good food and a unique opportunity to listen “when cultures meet” presentation from an Interculturalist. Read more: https://www.facebook.com/events/305767163586307/

Divided City -Event, Helsinki

Think Corner (Yliopistonkatu 4), 5PM

Think Corner

Think Corner of the University of Helsinki recommends the Crazy World series which scours for causes and solutions to an unequal and divided world. The Divided City -event discusses issues of inequality and the accumulation of the disadvantaged in urbanised large cities across the world. What are the reasons for this phenomenon and how can we have an impact on this trend?

Participate in the event at the Think Corner or follow the live stream online (https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/unitube/video/21200=). The series may also be watched afterwards on the Think Corner‘s website. 

More information about the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2304467606485402/

Flashmob for Peace, Helsinki

Steps of the Parliament house, 5 PM

UN Youth of Finland, the Lennons

Come along and join this escapade for peace! Flash mob is an event in which people  gather in a public place at a fixed time to do something spontaneous and unexpected. The Flash mob for peace will be organised outside the Parliament house. Find the FB-event here: www.facebook.com/events/2467771716790170/

Movie and Discussion Night: Gods of Molenbeek (Aatos & Amine), Järvenpää

Settlement Louhela Assembly Hall (Louhelankuja 1), 2PM

Setlementti Louhela ry

Settlement Louhela is a Finnish organization working for community empowerment and equality. During the Youth Peace Week, Settlement Louhela organizes a film screening of “Aatos & Amine”. This renowned film tells a story about the friendship of two boys in a world shaken by terrorist attacks. The film is directed by Reetta Huhtanen (2019). Find the FB-event here: www.facebook.com/events/841944412888324/

THURSDAY 19.9.2019

The Project Workshop for Peace and Solidarity, Helsinki

The Peace Education Institute 

Do you have a societal issue or problem on your mind that you want to change? If you do, and you have a solution for it, we can assist you in applying for project funding from the EU. Gather a group of minimum 5 young people (18 to 30 years old) and apply for funding from European Solidarity Corps – you can get up to 8 000 euros for your project! Apply for the workshop by September 9: https://tinyurl.com/workshopforpeacesolidarity 

With the selection of participants for this workshop, the Peace Education Institute aims to ensure a diverse and inclusive representation from the community. Read more: https://www.facebook.com/events/2351016244935684/

Excursion to Peace Station

Helsinki (Veturitori 3), 3PM

Africa Talent and Change Foundation

Welcome to learn about the history of the Peace Station, the work of the Peace Union of Finland and a number of interesting peace organisations that are also housed there.

The excursion is organized by Africa Talent and Change foundation, an organisation that harnasess youth’s potential and engages them towards contributing to the society in a positive way. More info: Hassan Shidiye (atcf.finland@gmail.com, p. 046 5837 516).

Explore Peacework! Excursion to the Finn Church Aid, Helsinki

Eteläranta 8, 2PM 

Changemaker

How does development cooperation enhance peace? How are young people active in peace work around the world. How can you work for a peaceful future?

These questions will be considered at the excursion to the Finn Church Aid ́s office organised by Changemaker. The event is held in Finnish.

Register here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2322034571179180/ 

Changemaker Peace Evening, Helsinki

Eteläranta 8, 4PM

Changemaker

This event includes relaxed conversation of peace-related themes! Welcome to have a chat with other likeminded people and enjoy some snacks with us at Changemaker’s office! The event is held in Finnish.

This is not talked about -Event, Helsinki

Think Corner (Yliopistonkatu 4), 5PM

Thin Corner

Think Corner of the University of Helsinki recommends the Crazy World series which scours for causes and solutions to an unequal and divided world. The experiences and silent truths of regular people are often overshadowed by exaggerated public discourse, stereotypes and financial interests. How do locals benefit from the utilisation of natural resources? What is it like for transgender individuals to be targeted by institutional violence? What role does religion have in the emergence of the new right? This Think Corner event introduces less known phenomena from around the world that affect regular people.

Take part on the spot, follow the livestream (https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/unitube/video/21201) or watch the video recording!

More information about the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/917631485269167/   

Human Rights Reading Circle, Turku

Turku City Library (Linnankatu 2), 6PM

Amnesty Turku

There is no peace without human rights, no human rights without peace. Welcome to learn more about human rights with Amnesty! At the first meeting, we will decide what book we want to read together. The event is held in Finnish. More information: Elina Okko (elina.okko@gmail.com).

Advocacy training, Joensuu, 5PM

Changemaker Youth Network

As a young adult, does my voice count? Can I make a difference in my community? Boost your advocacy skills with Changemaker’s training and become a peace activist!

The event is held in Finnish. Read more: https://www.changemaker.fi/ajankohtaista/tapahtumat/vaikuttamistoiminnankoulutus-joensuu/

FRIDAY 20.9.2019

Peace United Football match, Tampere

Kuntokatu 5, 9 AM

Peace United

Youth around the world live in difficult circumstances. Football is a salvation for many – a field where their actions matter. Football prevents insecurity and frustration, and eases social integration. It’s a common language that everyone understands.

Peace United is a team that plays for peace. Welcome to watch the Peace United matches! More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2301228133258687/

Peace United Football match, Turku

Parkin kenttä, 10AM-2PM

Peace United

Youth around the world live in difficult circumstances. Football is a salvation for many – a field where their actions matter. Football prevents insecurity and frustration, and eases social integration. It’s a common language that everyone understands.

Peace United is a team that plays for peace. Welcome to watch the Peace United matches! 

Peace Day Seminar, Tampere

Auditorium A3, Tampere University, 11AM

Tampere UN Association

To celebrate the International Peace Day, the UN Association of Tampere organizes a seminar that consists of interesting lectures and discussions. This year the topic is “Youth, Peace and Security”.The event will be in English. Everybody is warmly welcome to participate! Read more and join us: https://www.facebook.com/events/3029813117035149/

Lecture: The Privatization of Warfare in Iraq and Syria, Helsinki

Globaalikeskus (Siltasaarenkatu 4, 7th floor), 1PM

SaferGlobe

SaferGlobe has the pleasure of hosting a lecture by Nicolai Due-Gundersen, a political commentator and analyst at Kingston University. Since the 2003 US-led Invasion of Iraq, the private military sector has seen an explosive growth. Based on The Privatization of Warfare (Cambridge: Intersentia), this lecture discusses how the general public perceives private military companies (PMCs) and their use by states abroad, drawing on discourse surrounding the 2003 Abu Ghraib Prisoner Abuse involving contractors and the 2007 Nisour Square Massacre by Blackwater. Are PMCs regarded as mercenaries, pseudo-armies or transnational companies? And how does such a perception affect the perceived legitimacy of states that outsource warfare? Further, how have developments in Syria impacted the growth of PMCs and the new Cold War between the US and Russia in the Middle East? From Iraq to Syria, PMCs are an aggressive arm of Putin’s foreign policy. This lecture compares Iraqi case studies of US PMCs with the contemporary Wagner Group’s expansion into Syria and support of Assad.

Read more and  register for the seminar by the 19th September: https://www.facebook.com/events/385727972097862/

#COUNTERSPEECH – Countering hate speech, Helsinki

Loukko (Castréninkatu 7), 5PM

UN Youth of Helsinki and Loukko

As part of the UN Youth of Finland’s Youth Peace Week The UN youth of Helsinki kindly invites you to counter hate speech together with the young and leading experts on the field! Who experiences hate speech and why? With what tools can we counter hate speech? What kind of representation helps us to build sustainable peace?

The purpose of the event is to talk about hate speech and respond to it with counter speech. Counter speech’s short definition is answering/negotiating new spaces from cultural margins with speech acts. We want to respond to the growing negative atmosphere on the social media era with spoken word as well as with political actions.

#Counterspeech consists of a panel discussion by experts as well as spoken word performances. The purpose of the panel is to bring youth and experts together to discuss current issues of hate speech and their solutions. The purpose of the spoken word acts, however, is to show that counter speech can also be made through art of words and speech. The first part of the event will be held in Finnish and the second part will be multilingual. Read more and join us: https://www.facebook.com/events/364467880891247/

SATURDAY 21.9.2019 

Young People – Key to a Peaceful Future?, Helsinki

Helsinki Central library Oodi, Maijansali, 1PM

UN Youth of Finland, UN Association of Finland, the Peace Union of Finland, the Committee of 100 in Finland

SEMINAR IS FULLY BOOKED!

Are news about wars and conflicts getting you anxious? Why isn’t climate change being prevented efficiently, even though the climate can further aggravate conflicts? 

Autumn ́s most anticipated event is here! Youth Peace Week culminates on International Peace Day 21st of September to a large seminar held in Helsinki Central library Oodi from 13-15. The seminar will continue with coffee, tea and small snacks will be served for those who have registered in advance. The aim of the seminar is to promote dialogue between experts and young people, presenting different perspectives on peace issues. 

SUNDAY 22.9.2019

Music for Peace, Joensuu

Kirkkokatu 28, 2PM

Middle-East music -concert brings alive music for peace from Arabic, Jewish and Christian music tradition. Performers of the concert are Jenny Liebkind, Burhan Hamdon, Mouafak Barafi and Matti Turunen. Music brings cultures together. Playing music itself teaches us to observe, how political and geopolitical crisis of the world can be forgotten, when peoples meet in new cultural surroundings. Welcome to enjoy a peaceful moment with Middle-eastern aesthetics, rythms, harmonies, and curiosities of the language!

Concert is in English and in Finnish. Songs are in several languages.