The 30th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum will explore the tensions between conflict and reconciliation, between justice and forgiveness, between hope and fear.  Join us in honoring Nobel Peace Prize laureates who have navigated these paradoxes.

Friday, September 14, 2018 — President Juan Manuel Santos  (2016 laureate)

President Juan M. Santos and FARC’s leader, Timochenko, reach a key peace agreement in 2015.

In 2016 Colombia’s President Santos received the Nobel Peace Prize “for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end.”

Friday’s program will focus on the peace process in Colombia and the ongoing challenges of implementing the peace accord, with representatives from the peace process, Father Leonel Narváez of Forgiveness International, Nancy Lindborg of the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Priscilla Hayner, author of The Peacemaker’s Paradox.

Additional programming will take place with Maya Soetoro-Ng, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Peter Gleick, and panels discussing the paradox of water.


Saturday, September 15, 2018 — International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (2017 laureate)

Executive Director, Beatrice Fihn (ICAN) and Setsuko Thurlow receive the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

The Nobel Peace Prize 2017 was awarded to ICAN “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”

Saturday’s program will engage with the challenges of ridding the world of the nuclear weapons that threaten the very existence of life on earth. ICAN’s Executive Director Beatrice Fihn and other panelists will discuss ongoing efforts to avoid nuclear war.

Additional programming will take place on the paradox of water, water diplomacy in the Middle East, and the new Green Revolution in agriculture.