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Five Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to participate in “The Journey to Peace” conference

The World Food Programme (Nobel Peace Prize 2020), represented by its regional director Miguel Barreto, Juan Manuel Santos (Nobel Peace Prize 2016), Rigoberta Menchú Tum (Nobel Peace Prize 1992) and Óscar Arias (Nobel Peace Prize 1987) will talk with Margarita Cedeño, former vice-president of the Dominican Republic, at the 9th Conference on Communication, Travel and Adventure “The Journey to Peace” organised by the Communication and Education Office and the Master’s Degree in Travel Journalism virutally on Tuesday 1 December.

José Antonio Bastos, former president of Médecins Sans Frontières, an organisation that received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, will also take part in one of the dialogue blocks of The Journey to Peace. Together with Martín Caparrós, Argentinian journalist and writer, he will reflect on peace and hunger in a round table moderated by María José Recoder, Dean of the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the UAB.

The event will bring together more than twenty journalists, writers, activists and leaders of different projects and initiatives fighting for peace in different parts of the world for 12 hours (from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CET). The event will close with a round table with the participation of five Nobel Peace Prize winners to reflect on the achievements and challenges that peace poses to us as a society and as a planet.

Professor of Journalism José Manuel Pérez Tornero, director of the Communication and Education Office, points out that “the conference brings together three decisive actors in the achievement of fairer and more democratic societies: journalism, dialogue and cooperation”. Santiago Tejedor, Director of the Department of Journalism and Communication Sciences, emphasises that the conference will allow “reflection on the capacity of journalism to tell stories that contribute to building societies that are more critical and committed to the milestone of peace. And, especially, it will allow us to ask ourselves from what point of view and with what characters we inform or misinform about war, and whether journalists could also be ‘peace correspondents'”.

The conference is supported by the Department of Journalism and Communication Sciences and the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), as well as the Autonomous Solidarity Foundation (through the project “Planeta UAB: El viaje al otro”), the UNESCO Chair for the quality of journalism, the Gabo Foundation, the Intercampus project and the Ibero-American association ATEI.

The event is organised around dialogues with the participation of Federico Mayor Zaragoza, former Director General of UNESCO; journalists and academics José Manuel Pérez Tornero, David Jiménez, Iñaki Gabilondo, Santiago Tejedor, Plàcid-Garcia Planas, Rosa María Calaf, Sara Rancaño, Xavier Aldekoa, Mikel Ayestarán, Mar Abad, Martín Caparrós, María Eugenia Mosquera, Leila Guerriero, Agus Morales, Jaime Abello, Gabriel Torres, Paty Godoy, Laura Cervi, Cristina Pulido, Diana Sanjinés, Santiago Giraldo and Tapio Varis; as well as leaders and activists Adonaí Rincón, Jelen Amador and Adiela Mera Paz.

In addition, the event will be attended by Jordi Prat, director of the Autonomous Solidarity Foundation, María José Recoder, Dean of the Faculty of Communication Sciences and Javier Lafuente, Rector of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

The conference is free of charge. Register through the following form.

Check the detailed programme here.