Democratic values at risk - Nobel Peace Center

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Democratic values at risk

28 April 2016 17.30–19.00

In collaboration with Global Dignity, the Nobel Peace Center invites you to seminar and panel discussion. H.R.H The Crown Prince of Norway will moderate the debate.

The world is facing deep conflicts. Extremism, poverty, conflict and violation of human rights are driving people apart.

How can we avoid losing ourselves and our humanity when so much is dividing us? Can we live with the fear and vulnerability that are exposed when we are faced with extremism and terror?

The world wide organization Global Dignity has its Annual Country Chair Meeting in Norway 27–29 April. In that connection, Global Dignity and the Nobel Peace Center invites you to a seminar about how we can hold on to fundamental human values in a time of polarization and conflict.

Key Note Speakers:

  • Sven Mollekleiv, President of The Norwegian Red Cross and Chairman of Global Dignity Norway: The Humanitarian Perspective.
  • Lars Gule, Norwegian philosopher, social commentator and associate professor at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences: How extremism and terror involves violations of dignity, human rights and democratic principles.
  • Anine Kierulf, Norwegian lawyer and postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian Centre of Human Rights: Democratic liberties at risk – are we in danger of compromising democratic principles and human rights in the fight against extremism and terror?
  • Pekka Himanen, Co-Founder of Global Dignity and Finnish philosopher: Culture of Dignity – What is dignity as a general cultural value and as a communication culture?

After the introductions, a panel discussion will be led by H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, who is Global Dignity Country Chair for Norway. ​In the panel, Gule, Kierulf and Himanen will be accompanied by Phuti Mahanyele, Executive Chairman of Sigma Capital and Global Dignity Country Chair for South Africa. The programme will finish at app. 19.00.

The debate is free and open for everyone.

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