The 2013 UNU-WIDER Annual Lecture will be given by Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland, Nobel Peace Prize winner (2008), and member of the Group of Elders. The topic of his lecture will be “Development, Inequality and Conflict Resolution”.
The international community has succeeded in ending violent conflict and bringing a measure of peace to a large number of nations. Yet today, conflicts still rage in many parts of the world, and societal tensions are tangible and even increasing in many countries.
The forces of democratization are strong, but so too are the forces pulling nations back to instability and conflict. Development in all its forms can contribute to strengthening the prospects for peace. A large part of this must be the reduction of inequality. Citizens have to be fully included in the building process of an egalitarian society.
In this, the 17th WIDER Annual Lecture, President and Nobel Laureate Martti Ahtisaari will draw on his wide and continuing experience through the Crisis Management Initiative, the United Nations, and bilateral diplomacy to reflect upon a fundamental question: How can conflict resolution, development progress and egalitarian principles be brought into closer harmony for the benefit of all?
For more information, see the WIDER Annual Lecture 17 announcement on the UNU-WIDER website.
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