Graphics: Njaal Frilseth / Nobel Peace Center

A Peace Conference in Oslo with the theme Peace and Climate Change.

Time: Sep 4, 2019 09:00 - Sep 5, 2019 17:00
Place: Bankplassen 4
The Nobel Peace Center is proud to announce the first ever Oslo Pax: An annual peace conference in Oslo, creating a peacebuilding space the world urgently needs.

The vision of Oslo Pax is to create a place where young leaders and emerging grassroots movements can meet decision-makers, scientists and Nobel Prize laureates, and where they can learn from and influence each other. Together, they will give their recommendations for tangible solutions to our common peace challenges.

The theme for Oslo Pax 2019 is Peace and Climate Change.


Climate change presents a myriad of challenges to peace and security. Scarcity of natural resources, natural disasters, and the unintended effects of adaptation to climate change lead to forced migration, social tension and conflict. At the same time, young people across the world are rallying against the international community’s failure to act on the climate crisis. The Nobel Peace Center will engage leading youth climate groups from around the world to shape the 2019 Oslo Pax on Peace and Climate Change and offer them a platform to meet Nobel laureates and decision makers.

Photo: Oslo Pax / Nobel Peace Center



Christiana Figueres is an international recognized leader on global climate change. She was the leading force behind the historical Paris Agreement of 2015, as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She is currently the convener of Mission 2020. Christiana Figueres holds a masters degree in Anthroplogy from the London School of Economics, and was rated as one of the 5 most powerful women in science by BBC World in 2017. 


Photo: Oslo Pax / Nobel Peace Center


For several years Penelope has been a member of the Childrens climate panel in Norway. She is the youngest winner of the National voulenteers prize (2018). She calls herself a "full time" climate activist and she has been working with environmental issues since she was eight years old.

"We know the risks – let's find the solutions together"
Penelope Lea
Photo: K. Opprann


Is a journalist and human rights activist from Yemen, where she was known as “The Mother of the Revolution” during the Arab spring. In 2005, Tawakkol Karman co-founded the group Women Journalists Without Chains, in order to promote freedom of expression and democratic rights. From 2007 to 2010, she regularly led demonstrations and sit-ins in Tahrir Square in Sana'a. In 2011 she received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 together with Leymah Gbowee and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”

The conference will last two days and will include keynote speeches, thematic sessions and working groups which will be developed with young leaders according to the priorities they are advocating for.

The outcome of the conference will be a Chair’s Summary with concrete recommendations from both experts and young leaders to be handed over to the UN Climate Change Summit later in September 2019.

Oslo Pax 2019 is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Thanks to Hyundai Motor Norway for helping us make this event ecofriendly.

Special thanks to PRIO, CICERO, Changemaker and Spire


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