The International Peace Conference will take place from the 1st to the 3rd of February, 2018. Our theme for this year is “A Matter of Choice (?)”, which takes an in-depth look at the concept of choice from different perspectives. It explores the degree of freedom to which we make our decisions towards peace. Most importantly, it allows us to delve into the nature of the choices that affect our lives, and understand the reasons why we make such decisions.The conference will lead us to reflect on how choices shaped by sense or sentiment, and pro-action or reaction can impact the probability of peace in various ways.
Within the global spectrum, there are different spheres in which the realization of peace is undermined by obstacles. On the international level, choices made by global leaders and organizations have an immediate impact on ordinary citizens unrepresented in the decision making. On the national and community level, choices and actions made by citizens bear a certain responsibility, and shape the course that their countries and communities take. On the personal level, choices we make affect our well-being, inner peace, and relationship with others.
In this way, the theme creates a forum for thoughtful debate and reflection about the choices that influence us and our planet.