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Höfði Reykjavik Peace Centre

The Höfði Reykjavik Peace Centre will be established in October 2016, on the 30th anniversary of the summit in Höfði house in October 1986. The summit marked the beginning of a new era, a turning point in the Cold War, when the superpowers engaged in dialogue that subsequently led to the end of the tension driven bipolar world order that had dominated the political scene for more than four decades. The opening seminar will focus on current challenges through new definitions of peace and power by building on the legacy of the Höfði summit to discuss specifically how world leaders can engage in peace dialogue. Furthermore, the seminar aims to address the role of cities in working towards peaceful solutions by emphasizing the empowerment of citizens enabling cities to take on a larger role in the peace agenda. This inclusive approach will move the dialogue beyond the exclusive sphere of political leaders into the public sphere and give individuals an active role in the peace dialogue.

The Höfði Reykjavik Peace Centre is run under the auspices of the Institute of International Affairs (IIA) at the University of Iceland in collaboration with the City of Reykjavík to develop its capacity to contribute to the international peace dialogue.