UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, will speak in keynote address at ALLMEP’s 2023 Unite the Field Conference
ALLMEP’s annual peacebuilders conference, Unite the Field, is fast-approaching and will feature peacebuilders, diplomats, philanthropists, and supporters from around the world. The gathering on June 5th in Jerusalem is set to be the largest event in ALLMEP’s history.
In addition to the workshops, panels, and networking events, the conference boasts a number of guest speakers who play prominent roles in the peacebuilding community. ALLMEP is thrilled to announce that Tor Wennesland, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, will be joining us as the keynote speaker.
Appointed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, Special Coordinator Wennesland is a career diplomat, who joined the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983, and is currently Norway’s Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Process, which includes the responsibility for Norway’s chairmanship of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee for Palestine. His dedication to peace in the region extends back to 1994 when he was Adviser on the Middle East Desk in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the process that led to the Oslo II Agreement. He has also served as Norway’s Representative to the Palestinian Authority from 2007 to 2011, bringing unparalleled experience and issue expertise to a role that sees him regularly deployed as the international community’s chief envoy in efforts to de-escalate events and restore a diplomatic horizon.
In a recent briefing to the Security Council, Special Coordinator Wennesland called upon the international community “to show leadership, re-engage and work collectively in the pursuit of peace.” His call comes at a time where support continues to grow among key donor states for greater support and coordination for civil society peacebuilding following the passage of the Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act (MEPPA) in 2020 by the U.S. Congress. ALLMEP is continuing to engage policymakers around the world so that a coordinated and multilateral approach can be agreed, radically scaling the work of peacebuilders and their efforts to disrupt the escalating crisis that we are now seeing unfold.
Unite the Field is free to our members and supporters, which is only possible through the generous support of our donors. If you are interested in attending the conference, please register here. You do not need to make a donation to attend, but we are grateful for any support that you can offer.