2019 WPF Program

Medellin 14th to 17th November 2019

Tuesday 12th November 2019

Seminars for Peace (Optional)

Wednesday 13th November 2019

Seminars for Peace (Optional)

Thursday 14th November 2019

8:00 - 8:45

Doors open for the 13th edition of the World Peace Forum

9:00 - 10:40

Opening Ceremony – introduction by Dominicus Rohde, President of the World Peace Forum and Schengen Peace Foundation,
with addresses by Luis Perez, Governor of Antioquia and Federico Gutierrez, Mayor of Medellin

10:45 - 11:15

13th Edition of the WPF Presntation – Andrea Gaviria

11:15 - 11:25

“Chair for Peace” – Duván López Yepes

11:25 - 11:45

Coffee break

11:45 - 12:15

Globan Peace Index – Michael Collins

12:15 - 13:00

Opening panel “Vision of Peace” – Dominicus Rohde, Luxembourg, Piedad Guzman, Colombia,
Feride Funda, Germany, Jaime Cardenas, Italy, Daniela Rossi, Brasil,  Prof. Jamil Simon, USA, Michael Collins, Australia.

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:15


14:00 – 15:00

Colombia’s role on the construction of Peace

  • Ariel Avila – Foundation for Peace and Reconciliation
  •  Humberto De La Calle – Agreement Negotiator
  •  Victoria Sandino – FARC representative
  • Miguel Antonio Ceballos – High Commission for Peace
  • Angela Robledo – Women in Peace
  • Padres Osvaldo Torres – Scholas

15:00 – 15:45

Letters for Peace – Andrea Gaviria

15:45 – 16:45

“#Nos Estan Matando” Social Leaders

  • Cathalina Sanchez – Director Museum for Memory 
  • Francia Marquez – Social Leader
  • Aida Avella – UP Representative
  • Verification Commite – UN representative
  • Antioquia Leaders – “Amigos Unidos” Corporation

16:45 – 17:30

Kick off of 2020 World Peace Forum year of conferences and workshops for peace.

17:30 – 17:45

Closing Prayer – Padre Osvaldo Torres

18:45 – 19:45

Coctail with Mexican Mariachis

Friday 15th November 2019

8:00 - 8:45

Doors open

8:45 - 9:15

Introduction to Day’s Theme – Dominicus Rohde, Andrea Gaviria

9:15 - 10:00

Human Rights and Earth

  • Sheikh Eşref Efendi – Religion and Environment
  • Jaime Cardenas
  • Vicky Hansen
  • Dominicus Rohde – Green revolution
  • Matias Amadassi – In Peace with our Food and Health
  • Helyda Di Olivera

10:05 – 10:20

Day´s Context – Andrea Gaviria

10:20 – 10:30

Workshops introduction

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 13:00

Peace and Environment workshops

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 16:00

Peace and Environment workshops

16:00 - 17:00

Antioquia Talks

  • Tatiana Gutierrez – Peace Manager
  • Luiz Perez – Governor of Antioquia
  • Luis Carlos Ochoa – (diputado)
  • Luz Imelda Ochoa – Secretary
  • Teresa Aristizaba – Pacific Route

17:00 – 17:20

Closing ceremony – Dominicus, Piedad, Andrea

17:20 – 17:40

Final Blessing – His Highness Sheik Esfendi

19:30 – 22:00

City Tour and Dinner

Optional activities

Saturday 16th November 2019

Visit to San Carlos and San Roque municipalities, various museums of memory and remembrance – leaders in victims retaliation processes.

Sunday 17th November 2019

Activities in some of Medellin´s districts

District 13 San Javier: tour of social NGOs

District 2 Santa Cruz: Human Rights festival and visit to Social investigation centre.

District 5: Screening of Peace Construction documentary at Parque Juanes.

Tribute to our Founder Dominicus Rohde

It is with great sorrow that we share that Dominicus Rohde passed away on the 1 February 2022. He was in Argentina with his family when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.

A proverb states, “If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.” This reminds us of the life of Dominicus Rohde, who in less than 54 young years, had seven offspring, created the Schengen Peace Foundation and its World Peace Forum to educate and connect peace builders, and planted trees for generations to come. Dominicus’s profound qualities of joyfulness, vision and networking created a springboard for many projects around the globe.

His indomitable spirit enabled him to lead from the front. He valued friendship and showed great kindness, love, and concern for his colleagues and his family members.

As tribute, we aim to emulate his ideals and work toward realizing his dreams of a more peaceful and sustainable world. Let his vision inspire us to follow in his footsteps. God chose his company on the Chinese New Year of the Tiger. Dominicus’s noble spirit will be remembered by all of us. Join us in hearing his tiger spirit roar as he soars with the angels.

On behalf of the Luxembourg Peace Prize Team and World Peace Forum Luxembourg, Schengen Peace Foundation

Vicki Hansen

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