Peace Sessions - Expert Event

20 September 2019

De Staat Beach Pavilion in The Hague

1 p.m.

Free

Peace Session Expert War Child
On Friday 20 September - leading up to the International Day of Peace - War Child will hold the second edition of our 'Peace Sessions - Expert' event in The Hague. Join us in gathering expert knowledge on the impact of war on children, which will inform the upcoming Global Ministerial Conference on Mental Health in October 2019.

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What is the 'right support'?

One of the key goals of the International Peace Day Expert Session at De Staat Beach Pavilion in The Hague will be to gather expert knowledge on the impact of war on children, which will help inform the upcoming Global Ministerial Conference on Mental Health in October 2019 where we will play a prominent role. Our priority will be to emphasise the importance of building psychosocial care into children’s emergency assistance.

Peace Session Expert War Child 2018

We will gather expert knowledge on the impact of war on children.

Photo: Eelkje Colmjon

Peace Session Expert War Child

The emphasise will be on the importance of building psychosocial care into children’s emergency assistance.

Photo: Eelkje Colmjon

Group discussions

The day will consist of interactive group discussions, keynote addresses and presentations on the topic of acting early with psychosocial support in emergency response. This will be led by expert moderators like Christine Pirenne, Head Humanitarian Aid at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs; John Mahoney, experienced Mental Health Professional (WHO, Department of Health UK) and currently our Country Director of OPT; and our Director of Research & Development, Professor Mark Jordans, who will represent War Child at the Global Ministerial Conference on Mental Health. There will also be live music from harpist Lavinia Meijer.

Time schedule

12:30 - Welcome

13:00 - Group Discussions

14:40 - Welcome by Tjipke Bergsma, Managing Director War Child

14:50 - Reflection on the outcomes discussion groups led by Mark Jordans

15:30 - Live music by Lavinia Meijer

16:00 - Keynote speakers: John Mahoney and Danny Ghosen

16:30 - Closing and final reflection by Mark Jordans

16:45 - Live music by Lavinia Meijer

17:00 - Drinks and bites

17:30 - Barbeque (optional)

Peace Session Expert War Child 2018

Reflection and discussion led by Professor Mark Jordans, who will represent War Child at the Global Ministerial Conference on Mental Health.

Photo: Eelkje Colmjon

Peace Sessions Festival

The day after the 'Peace Sessions - Expert' event we will hold the Peace Sessions Festival. With this unique festival for all ages we're looking to thank our supporters for their help. Festival-goers will get the chance to experience our activities for children first-hand through workshops, meet our ambassadors and ask our experts and country directors about their experiences. Join us at Beach Pavilion De Staat in The Hague and enjoy live music, creative and sportive activities! More information and tickets.

Leading actor in psychosocial support

For over 20 years, War Child has provided psychosocial support, protection and (emergency) education for children affected by armed conflict in some of the most violent and volatile areas of the world. As a lead actor in this field, we know the impact war has on children. These consequences can take on many forms - including feelings of fear, anxiety, and depression, as well as exposure to physical and sexual exploitation. Yet - with the right support - most children will be able to cope with the adversities they experience.

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The Just Peace foundation connects educational institutions, cultural institutions, international organizations and NGOs that are promoting and working on peace and justice in The Hague.

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