WIDER Annual Lecture 17: Egalitarian principles – the foundation for sustainable peace, by President Martti Ahtisaari, Helsinki, Finland
In 2013 the WIDER Annual Lecture was given by President Martti Ahtisaari, Nobel Peace Prize Winner (2008), and Member of the Group of Elders.
The international community has succeeded in ending violent conflict and bringing a measure of peace to a large number of nations. Yet today conflicts still rage in many parts of the world and societal tensions are tangible and even increasing in many countries. The forces of democratization are strong, but so too are those pulling nations back to instability and conflict. Development in all its forms can contribute to strengthening the prospects for peace. A large part of this must be the reduction of inequality. Citizens have to be fully included in the building process of an egalitarian society. In this WIDER Annual lecture, President and Nobel Laureate Martti Ahtisaari, drew on his wide and continuing experience through the Crisis Management Initiative, the United Nations, and bilateral diplomacy to reflect upon a fundamental question: how can conflict resolution, development progress and egalitarian principles be brought into closer harmony for the benefit of all?
WIDER Annual lectures are given once a year by a distinguished scholar or policy maker who has made a significant contribution to development or economics. Lectures are published online and circulated widely.
Chair, Finn Tarp, Director, UNU-WIDER
Ravi Kanbur, T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics, and Professor of Economics, Cornell University
Elsie Kanza, Director, Head of Africa, World Economic Forum
Martin Ravallion, Edmond D. Villani Chair of Economics, Georgetown University
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Martti Ahtisaari's activities post-presidency have included facilitating the peace process between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement, chairing an independent panel on the security and safety of UN personnel in Iraq, appointments as the UN Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa and Personal Envoy of the OSCE CiO for Central Asia, and Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the future status process for Kosovo.
President Ahtisaari is active in numerous non-governmental and non-profit organisations. In December 2008, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.