Oslo Pax

A call to action on peace and climate change – inspired by Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Peace Prize. 
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The Nobel Peace Center is proud to announce the first ever Oslo Pax: An annual peace gathering in Oslo, creating a peacebuilding space the world urgently needs. A summit for action and impact, where young leaders and activists will meet decision-makers, scientists and Nobel Prize laureates.

Today’s challenges to peace are more complex than ever before. Armed conflicts, economic- and hybrid-warfare, religious conflicts, insurgencies, climate change and human rights abuses are a few of the numerous contemporary challenges to sustainable peace. These challenges require more concerted action and concrete, implementable solutions. It requires positive and active engagement of the younger generation and networks of civil society – across the world.

Oslo Pax is creating a much-needed space in the realm of international peacebuilding. Young people and their leaders must have their voices heard and play a role in the maintenance of international peace and security. Oslo Pax will benefit from the wisdom of Nobel Peace Prize laureates who take part, and provide a space for leaders, scientists and peace workers to come together and collectively find solutions. 

PEACE AND CLIMATE CHANGE

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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, there are numerous cases where neighbouring nations and local communities cooperate and find common solutions. At the global level we see unprecedented cooperation on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement of 2015 and the recent COP24 in Katowice, Poland. 

All over the world, young people 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.

The conference will gather at least 200 participants in person in Oslo – and it will be live-streamed around the world where youth partners will gather in strategic locations across the globe to participate virtually at the conference, including youth leader speakers who will be live streamed at the plenary sessions of the conference. 

The conference will last two days and will include keynote speeches, four thematic sessions and workshops which will be developed with youth 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.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

The link between climate change and peace has been acknowledged by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, and the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded for efforts linked to climate issues several times: In 1970, Norman Borlaug, the agricultural scientist who has been called the «Father of the Green Revolution» was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to food security.

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In 2004, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Wangari Maathai ‘for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace’. Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement and stood at the forefront of the fight to promote ecologically viable social, economic and cultural development in Kenya and continental Africa, embracing democracy, human- and women’s rights. Maathai was also the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Her example encourages and inspires future generations who strive for peace, sustainable development, and environmental consciousness.

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In 2007, former Vice-President Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change received the Nobel Peace Prize for ‘their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change’. The alarming, but still hopeful message, came through with great force and is still relevant today. 

At the Oslo Pax: Peace and Climate Change we build on the legacy of the Nobel Peace Prize laureates of 2004 and 2007, by using their knowledge and impact to inspire new leaders and new solutions.

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, Peace Jam and Spire.

Oslo Pax is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Thank you to our main sponsors Hydro, Telenor and ABB. Also, a spacial thanks to Hyundai Norway, Flytoget, PRIO, CICERO, Changemaker, Peace Jam and Spire.

PAX Definition and meaning

noun

Ecclesiastical. kiss of peace.(initial capital letter)

a period in history marked by the absence of major wars, usuallyimposed by a predominant nation.

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