On June 21, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) held the official launch of its Media and Arts for Peace Initiative at the Maison de la paix in Geneva.
The evening featured performances by the Damascus String Quintet of SEPO and the Soprano Racha Rizk; participatory conversations moderated by journalist and GCSP Associate Fellow Xavier Colin, with cartoonists Patrick Chappatte and Hani Abbas, peacebuilding expert Dr Caty Clément; and an art exhibit titled "Peace Within - The Art of Transformation in the Heart of War".
The GCSP held their first launch event for the initiative in Washington D.C. on 25 May, and will hold a third event in New York City in September.
"We need trust to build peace. Trust is about emotions, not using them is a missed opportunity." - Dr Caty Clément, Associate Fellow at the GCSP
"Images can circumvent thinking, and can help you pay attention." - Mr Patrick Chappatte, cartoonist
"Let's make peace more captivating than conflict." Ms Honey Al Sayed, Associate Fellow at the GCSP