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IPD International Summer Academy on Peacebuilding and Intercultural Dialogue

Baar, Switzerland, 17 - 27 August 2014

An International Summer Academy on Peacebuilding and Intercultural Dialogue, organised by the Institute for Peace and Dialogue (IPD), will take place in Baar, Switzerland, on 17 - 27 August 2014.

The Institute for Peace and Dialogue (IPD) is an independent, international non-profit and non-religious institute located in Lucerne, Switzerland, where it dedicates itself to the promotion of the prevention of conflicts between and within states by strengthening institutional dialogue between civil societies, international peace- and state institutions. Are you interested in learning skills in peace-methods, mediation, intercultural dialogue, confidence building and conflict-solution? The IPD offers an informative and essential 11-days training with international experts, who are professionals in their fields, where you will acquire knowledge to see the world from another perspective, which will help you to capture certain things in a positive way.

The main goal of the summer academy is to support institutional academic peace education and strengthen peace-building skills and intercultural dialogue of the international society.

Presently, unfortunately, several frozen or ongoing conflicts between or within states still exist. There are various conflicts, and mankind worldwide faces many new challenges, coupled with new dangerous situations, i.e. terrorist acts, non-legal arming of conflict sides, re-determination of borders, establishment of new countries on the world map, non-provision of territorial integrity, trafficking of arms, drugs and human beings; disputes on the implementation of transnational energy projects, democratization and false elections, revolution and internal political conflicts, armed guerrilla movements, violation and discrimination by nationalists, world economic crisis, climate change, and unsafe biodiversity, etc. Unfortunately, the list is long. Conflicts are interrelated, and form an integral part of human beings, as conflicts cause the violation of human rights. Existing conflicts weaken every kind of cooperation between nations and states, and without mutual cooperation and understanding, the future prosperity of the region would remain only a nice dream. Taking into consideration peaceful behaviour and engagements, we can make a decision on the strict belief, that opportunities for solving conflicts are feasible.

A broad range of interested participants can apply for the Summer Academy; including representatives of governmental bodies, NGOs, IOs, companies, freelance researchers, diplomats, political parties, independent mediators, PhD students, NGO leaders, peace workers/activists, and those wishing to develop their academic knowledge and capacities, to join missions in conflict regions, or to work and live in countries with ongoing tensions.

The requested application documents have to be submitted by 30 June 2014 to fhuseynli@ipdinstitute.ch.

For more details please visit: www.ipdinstitute.ch/International-Summer-Academy-2014/

or send an email to fhuseynli@ipdinstitute.ch.

Contact: Fakhrinur Huseynli, Director, Institute for Peace and Dialogue, IPD, Schachenstrasse 36, 6010 Kriens, Switzerland; e-mail:: fhuseynli@ipdinstitute.ch; www.ipdinstitute.ch