The Kofi Annan Foundation, Geneva Graduate Institute and Geneva Peacebuilding Platform are pleased to announce the second edition of the Kofi Annan Geneva Peace Address, a high-level lecture on peace held every year as part of Geneva Peace Week. This Address was delivered by Elena Zhemkova, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Russian human rights organisation Memorial, recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2022.
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Memorial has spent 30 years working across Russia and several other European cities to compile a history of mass atrocities and political repression in the former USSR and defend human rights wherever they are threatened. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Memorial grew to become the largest human rights organisation in Russia. When announcing the laureates, the Nobel Committee noted: “Memorial is based on the notion that confronting past crimes is essential in preventing new ones.”
This lecture was moderated by Ole von Uexkull, Executive Director of the Right Livelihood. The 2022 Kofi Annan Geneva Peace Address was organised with the support of the Republic and State of Geneva, the City of Geneva, the Fondation pour Genève and the Right Livelihood.