Thursday, May 14th, 09:30-10:00

Jan Egeland: “Peacemaking in Our Time”

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Jan Egeland has been at the forefront of peacemaking efforts from Guatemala, to Palestine, Uganda and Syria.  His experiences around the world in the most protracted conflicts are detailed in his book, “A Billion Lives.”  Egeland will discuss efforts to make peace, successes, failures and lessons learned.

Jan Egeland is Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).  From 2015 to end 2018, he was Special Advisor to the UN mediation efforts in Syria and chaired the 23-nation humanitarian task force for the protection of and access to Syrian civilians. Egeland served as UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator during 2003-2006, where he spearheaded a reform of the global humanitarian system. From 1990 to 1997, he was State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he co-organized the Norwegian Channel that led to the Oslo Agreement between Israel and the PLO (1993) as well as peace agreements in Guatemala (1996) and elsewhere.  He has numerous other senior posts in humanitarian, human rights and peace making organizations.  In 2006, Time Magazine named Egeland as one of the ‘100 people who shape our world’. His memoir “A Billion Lives” was published by Simon and Schuster in 2008.