FEATURE | 11 Apr 2024

Watch the livestream of The Berlin Moot

Join the inaugural edition of our peacemaking conference on 17 April

The Humboldt Forum in Berlin will host the inaugural edition of The Berlin Moot peace conference. The Humboldt Forum in Berlin will host the inaugural edition of The Berlin Moot peace conference. Photo © Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss, Andreas König

Livestreamed panels will cover topics from multipolarity and geopolitics in peacemaking to human rights in mediation, or the role of protest movements.



The full-scale war in Ukraine is in its third year and we just passed the 6-month mark of Israel fighting Hamas in Gaza in response to the 7 October attacks. In 2023, we also saw a new outbreak of violence in Sudan, but these are only a few examples of wars and armed conflicts raging around the world. The number of violent conflicts is higher today than at any point in time since 1946. In addition to the mere increase in numbers, conflicts are also becoming increasingly complex. As peacebuilders, we see factors like religious and ideological divides, regional or global power dynamics, dis- or misinformation online, as well as the effects of climate change driving or exacerbating conflicts around the world.

With the support of the German Federal Foreign Office, and contributions from Robert Bosch Foundation, Stiftung Mercator, Gerda Henkel Foundation, Lotto Stiftung and BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, we will gather experienced peacebuilders and mediators, as well as experts and scientists from various disciplines to discuss the future of peacemaking in light of today’s challenges.

In panels and workshops, experts and scientists from disciplines ranging from neuroscience to artificial intelligence or economy will work with peacemaking and mediation practitioners to find solutions for these challenges and develop new, multidimensional and innovative approaches to peace.

On 17 April you can join us by watching the conference livestream via www.berlinmoot.org.

We invite you to also take part in the discussion on social media by using #TheBerlinMoot or #ReshapingPeace and by tagging @BerghofFnd on Instagram, X or LinkedIn.


Livestream programme 17 April

Join via www.berlinmoot.org.

9:30 – 10:00 Welcome words

Susanne Baumann, State Secretary at the German Federal Foreign Office, and our Executive Director Andrew Gilmour will open the conference.

10:00 – 11:00 Opening panel

Our distinguished panellists will discuss how to work towards peace given the current global dynamics. They will share insights into ongoing peacemaking initiatives and analyse their impact.

Join us for an engaging discussion on how to “reshape peace” in a world characterised by multiple crises.


  • Alar Karis, President of the Republic of Estonia
  • Christoph Heusgen, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference
  • Andreas Kravik, State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Helga Maria Schmid, OSCE Secretary General
  • Miriam Coronel Ferrer, Co-founder of the Southeast Asian Women Peace Mediators


  • Femi Oke, award-winning international journalist

11:15 – 12:30 Multipolarity, geopolitics and norms in peacemaking


  • Günther Baechler, Ambassador at the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Bineta Diop, Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Women, Peace and Security
  • El Ghassim Wane, Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
  • Henry Huiyao Wang, Founder and President of the Center for China and Globalization


  • Vasu Gounden, Executive Director of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes
  • Luxshi Vimalarajah, Senior Mediation Advisor at the Berghof Foundation

14:00 – 15:30 Human rights and mediation


  • Barney Afako, Commissioner at the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, OHCHR,
  • Eamon Gilmore, Former EU Special Representative for Human Rights
  • Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism
  • Xiaoyu Lu, Professor in International Relations at Peking University


  • Anja Wehler-Schöck, Head of International Politics at Tagesspiegel

15:30 – 17:00 Protest and peace


  • Abdalla Hamdok, Former Prime Minister of Sudan
  • Fatima Al Ansar, Director of Tilwate Peace Network
  • Kees Matthijssen, Lieutenant-General (Retired), 4leadership
  • Annette Weber, EU Special Representative for the Horn of Africa


17:30 – 18:30 Transforming peace leadership


  • Hilde Frafjord Johnson, Senior Advisor, European Institute for Peace and former Norwegian Minister of International Development
  • Itonde Kakoma, President of Interpeace
  • Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, MBE, Founder/CEO of the International Civil Society Action Network; Richard Von Weizsacker Fellow
  • Esther Njomo Omam, Executive Director of Reach Out Cameroon


  • Femi Oke, award-winning international journalist

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