Nobel Peace Conference 2023: HUMAN RIGHTS HEROES

The Nobel Peace Conference 2023 celebrated the achievements made by human rights defenders, identified the risks they are facing and called for action to support their work.

Time: 31 Aug 2023 11:00 - 15:00 CEST
Place: The National Museum and online

The Nobel Peace Conference is always free and open for all. You can watch the recording of the of the conference stream.

13:00 - 13:15


Ghawgha Taban
Artist in residence, Harstad, Norway, with Solveig Wang
Kjersti Fløgstad
Executive Director, Nobel Peace Center
Marianne Borgen
Mayor of Oslo

13:15 - 14:00

SESSION 1: When ordinary people do extraordinary things

Shirin Ebadi
Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2003
Oleksandra Matviichuk
Head of Center for Civil Liberties, Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2022
Mary Lawlor
UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders

14:00 - 15:30

including break 14:25-14:55

SESSION 2: Nobody plans to give up

Jan Rachinsky
Chair, Memorial International, Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2022
Nicole Bibbins Sedaca
Vice President of Freedom House
Rigoberta Menchú Tum
Nobel Peace Prize laureate 1992, in conversation with Samí activist Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen. Moderator: Aili Keskitalo, Political advisor, Amnesty International Norway

15:30 - 16:30

SESSION 3: Defending the defenders

Natallia Pinchuk
Wife of Ales Bialiatski, Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2022
Beatrice Fihn
Former Executive Director of ICAN, Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2017, in conversation with Gina Gylver, Head of Young Friends of the Earth, Norway. Moderator: Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Human Rights Watch
Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair, Norwegian Nobel Committee, Andreas Motzfeldt Kravik, State Secretary, MFA, Norway, John Peder Egenæs, Amnesty Int. Norway, Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy, Human Rights Watch, Anne-Marie Helland, Director, Risk Services, PWC.
Presentation of The Sunflower Declaration; A call to action to support human rights defenders at risk.
Learn more about the conference speakers!
After the conference, we welcomed to our free and open-for-all festival outside the Nobel Peace Center
Thank you to our sponsors and partners for making this possible!


And thank you to Flytoget for providing sustainable transport and to Safemuse for facilitation Ghawgha Taban’s performance!