Carlos Augusto Abicalil
Director General of Education, Science and Culture at the General Secretariat of the Organisation of Iberian American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI)

Abicalil was Brazil’s deputy minister of Human Rights. A graduate in Philosophy, History and Sociology, with a postgraduate degree in Contemporary History and a Master’s in Education from the University of Brasilia, he has experience in the field of public policy and education rights, with an emphasis on Special Rights, working largely in the following subject areas: legislative guidelines and bases, educational policy, teacher training, basic education and national education. In his work as an educator he was director of the Antonio Cristino Cortés State School in Barra do Garças, located in the interior of the State of Mato Grosso (Brazil), and he also served as president of the National Confederation of Education Workers, and secretary for the Organisation of Teaching Systems at his country’s Ministry of Education.

Juan Mari Aburto
(Alcalde de Bilbao. Spain)

Plenary Session: “Education, Values and Skills for Peace”
Day: Friday, 21 april
Time: 11:30 h.

Juan Mari Aburto is the Mayor of Bilbao, a city which has, in recent years, undergone one of the most innovative urban transformations from a socio-economic and cultural point of view, with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao being one of its most recognised icons. A lawyer by profession, specialising in Economic Law and the Evaluation of Public Policy, Aburto boasts a lengthy career in the world of politics and public management in a range of institutions from the Basque Public Administration. His social commitment and vocation to public service have led him to occupy positions directly linked with social policy, such as being councillor for Employment and Social Policy with the Basque Regional Government, or Provincial Deputy for Social Action. Furthermore, he served in positions of responsibility at the Security Council during the period of terrorist violence in the Basque Country. Creating employment, driving economic activity and positioning Bilbao as an attractive and welcoming city at global level are among his main challenges at the helm of the Mayor’s Office.

Rommel C. Arnado
Mayor of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte. Mindanao. Philippines

The mayor of Kauswagan in the Lanao del Norte province since 2010, Arnado has successfully transformed this war-torn town into the most peaceful municipality in the Mindanao region. His mandate’s main commitment has been linking peacebuilding to socio-economic development in the area. His programme “From Arms to Farms – Walking through the Paths of Peace, the Kauswagan Experience” seeks to offer a comprehensive approach to the demobilisation of rebel fighters, providing them with a new way of life through the organic crop farming which facilitates their reinsertion. This initiative has garnered Arnado numerous awards. He received the latest, the UCLG Global Peace Prize, in November 2016 in Bogota, Colombia, while the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) summit was being held there. Organic crops are currently Kauswagan’s agricultural priority, leading to economic growth and a drop in poverty levels of 38 points (falling from 79% in 2008 to 41% in 2013).

Jihen Ayed
(President of Tun’Act. Tunisia

The president of Tun’Act, the first Tunisian Non-Governmental Organisation, Ayed is being invested as a judge later this year. Founded in 2012, Tun’Act is an apolitical educational association for the public which came about with the purpose of encouraging the young of Tunisia to participate in the country’s public life, and thereby contribute to planning its future. Its first initiative was the creation of the Tunisian Youth Parliament, taking its inspiration from the model of the European Youth Parliament (EYP). Ayed is also the president of the Tunisian Youth Forum, a platform which brings together 14 NGDOs from the country and which aims to become the first Tunisian youth council, and she is a member of the community of youth leaders working to put an end to extremism and violence.


José Belloch
(Alcalde de Vila-real. España)

Mesa sobre Violencia, Racismo y Xenofobia Formación Política y Paz en Bogotá”
Día: jueves, 20 de abril
Hora: 9.00 horas

Nacido en Vila-real en 1974. Licenciado en Derecho por la Universitat Jaume I. Máster de Responsabilidad Civil por la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Ha ejercido durante 12 años como abogado en su propia empresa. Su relación con el Ayuntamiento de Vila-real empieza en el año 2003, siendo ocho años concejal y portavoz del PSPV-PSOE. El 11 de junio de 2011 tomó posesión como Alcalde de Vila-real. Actualmente también es vicepresidente de la Federación Valenciana de Municipios y Provincias y diputado en las Cortes Valencianas.

Manuela Carmena Castrillo
Mayor of Madrid

The driving force of this World Forum, along with her opposite number from Paris, Anne Hidalgo. Judge. Having graduated in law from the Complutense University in Madrid in 1965, Carmena founded the labour law firm located on Atocha Street in Madrid which, in January 1977, was the target of an extreme-right-wing terrorist attack causing the death of several of her colleagues and leaving the whole country stunned. A defender of workers and detainees during Franco’s dictatorship, she has also served as chair of the General Council of the Judiciary and a delegate representing the Basque Country, Senior Judge of Madrid and Judge of Penitentiary Vigilance. She represented Spain on the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. In 2015 she put herself forward as the Ahora Madrid candidate in the Madrid municipal elections. Following an agreement between Ahora Madrid and the 9 city councillors from the Madrid Socialist PSOE party, she was sworn in as mayor with an absolute majority.


Mariela Castro Espín

Panel on LGTB-phobia Day:
Thursday, 20 april

Time: 09:00 h.

Mariela Castro Espín is the director of the Cuban National Centre for Sexual Education (CENESEX), the president of the National Committee for the Comprehensive Care of Transsexual Persons, and the editor of the specialised magazine Sexología y Sociedad (Sexology and Society). A graduate in Psychology and Pedagogy, she also has a doctorate in Sociology, and has focussed a large part of her career on defending the rights of transsexual persons and on combatting homophobia and transphobia. The author of nine books, including Transexualidad en La Habana (Transsexuality in Havana), she has won the Public Service Award, granted by Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and the Europa Award for Academic Excellence, awarded by the University Academy World Council. She is currently a member of the National Committee for the Federation of Cuban Women, is a member of parliament on the National Assembly of Popular Power in Cuba, and is one of 25 people making up the High Level Task Force for the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development.


Pedro del Cura
(Mayor of Rivas Vaciamadrid. Madrid. Spain)

Since 2014 Pedro del Cura Sánchez has been the Mayor of Rivas Vaciamadrid, the Madrid municipality in which he has lived since he was a child. In 2015 he was confirmed in his position by the Plenary Sitting of the town council as top of the list of candidates for the local Somos Rivas party, proving triumphant in a coalition with the leftist Izquierda Unida party and the Equo de Rivas party. A graduate in Pedagogy from the Spanish University of Distance Education (UNED), and holding a Master’s degree in Work and Organisations Psychology from Madrid’s Complutense University, he made his first steps in politics in 2003 as Children and Youth councillor. In the following legislature, from 2007-11, he served as third deputy Mayor, coordinating the Department of Social Policy, thereby working as Education, Children and Youth, Social Services, Immigration, Equality and Social Integration councillor. In the subsequent mandate, and until he was elected Mayor, Del Cura was second deputy Mayor and coordinator for the Department of Social Action, Equality and Participation, and responsible for the Education,  Children and Youth, Citizen Participation and Cooperation departments.


Mónica Diniz
(Responsible de Prevención, Seguridad y Relaciones Internacionales de la Policía Municipal de Lisboa. Portugal)

Sesión Plenaria sobre Convivencia Pacifica
Día: jueves, 20 de abril
Hora: 17.00 horas

Monica Diniz es una socióloga, responsable de la Unidad de Prevención, Seguridad y Relaciones Internacionales de la Policía Municipal de Lisboa (LMP). Master en Sociología y Planificación, tiene una amplia experiencia profesional  en la coordinación de proyectos  de prevención del consumo de drogas y de comportamientos de riesgo entre  los jóvenes.   Lleva trabajando en la LMP desde 2008 con importantes responsabilidades en la relación policía-comunidad y en cooperación internacional sobre seguridad urbana, con un enfoque puesto principalmente en la prevención del delito, la mejora de la relación entre la policía y los ciudadanos y la  capacidad de la comunidad para crear entornos más seguros. Ha trabajado también en  la transferencia metodológica y difusión del modelo policial implantado en Lisboa, tanto en el contexto nacional portugués como internacional. Participa en proyectos en el campo de la  prevención del crimen a través del diseño urbano y la planificación, violencia doméstica y de género y mediación intercultural.


Golda El-Khoury
(Directora de la Sección de Inclusión y Derechos en el Sector de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas de la UNESCO. Francia)

Mesa sobre Violencia por Racismo y Xenofobia
Día: jueves, 20 de abril
Hora: 9.00 horas

Golda El-Khoury dirige la Sección de Inclusión y Derechos en el Sector de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas en la sede de la UNESCO en París, y coordina los programas de UNESCO en materia de inclusión social y derechos humanos, cubriendo temas como igualdad de género, migración, inclusión urbana, lucha contra la discriminación y  erradicación de la pobreza. Es también secretaria de la Coalición UNESCO de Ciudades Inclusivas y Sostenibles (ICCAR). Anteriormente, dirigió la Sección de Juventud, Deporte y Educación Física. Antes de entrar a formar parte del equipo de la UNESCO, fue la primera consejera regional de UNICEF en materia de Juventud en Oriente Medio y el Norte de África, con sede en Jordania. También fue directora de los programas de Save the Children en Indonesia, Jordana y el norte de Irak.

Golda El-Khoury obtuvo un master en Género y Desarrollo en el Instituto de Estudios de Desarrollo de la Universidad de Sussex y cursó estudios de filosofía en la Universidad Americana de Beirut y en la Universidad Libanesa.


Paula Farias Huanqui
(Head of Mission – Médecins Sans Frontières. Spain)

Panel discussion on “Violence involving displaced people and refugees. Shelter Cities”
Day: Friday 21 April
Time: 9.00 h.

Paula has been responsible for Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) operations in the Mediterranean (the Dignity 1 search and rescue ship) since 2015. Previously, between 2006 and 2010, she was the Chair of MSF for Spain. A graduate in Medicine, specialising in Family and Community Medicine and in Tropical Medicine, she is the author of the “Primary Health Care Manual for the Immigrant Population”. From 1998-2001 she worked for Greenpeace on maritime expeditions such as the Rainbow Warrior’s Asia Toxic Tour.  One year later, in 1999, she carried out her first MSF mission, in Kosovo, which was followed by a further 15 or so expeditions with the emergency unit, of which she was the coordinator: earthquakes in India and Iran, floods in Mozambique, conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Colombia and Palestine, or food crises in Angola, Kenya and the DRC. Her last mission took place in Darfur. In 2011 she was the coordinator of the “Positive Generation: Voices for an AIDS-free Future” project. In 2012 she undertook a number of external assessments for MSF, and was the coordinator of the “Friends of Malik” project (HIV AIDS ZIMBABWE). She has been selected as one of the Top 100 Leading Women in Spain on three occasions (2011, 2012 and 2014). Today she figures on the Honorary Top 100 list.


Carles Feixas
(Catedrático de Antropología Social. Universitat de Lleida)

Carles Feixa es doctor por la Universidad de Barcelona y Honoris Causa por la de Manizales (Colombia). Se ha especializado en el estudio de las culturas juveniles, llevando a cabo investigaciones sobre el terreno en Cataluña y México. También ha abordado temas como los movimientos sociales, las migraciones, la violencia, el deporte y las ciberculturas.

Ha sido investigador visitante en Roma, México, París, California en Berkeley, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Bogotá y Newcastle.

Entre sus libros se pueden destacar De jovenes, bandas y tribus (Barcelona, 1998; 4ª ed. 2008), Jovens na America Latina (São Paulo, 2004) y Global Youth? (London & New York, 2006). Ha sido asesor para políticas de juventud de Naciones Unidas y vicepresidente del comité sobre Sociología de la Juventud de la International Sociological Association.

Además, es padre de dos hijos y se ha comprometido en la transformación de algunas bandas latinas en organizaciones juveniles. Su ultimo artículo publicado es: Feixa, C. (2011). Past and present of adolescence in society. The ‘teen brain’ debate in perspective. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 35(8), 1634-1643


Rosa Ana Gallardo Campos
(Inspectora de  la Policía Municipal de Vila-real. España)

Presenta la experiencia Taller de Mediación Policial
Día: jueves, 20 de abril

Rosa Ana Gallardo, inspectora de la Policía Local de Vila-real, dirige y coordina la UMEPOL (Unidad de Mediación Policial) de este municipio de Castellón de la Plana. Licenciada en Filosofía y en Ciencias de la Educación por la Universidad de Valencia, tiene estudios de posgrado en Violencia Escolar y  Educación Vial y un master en Protección Civil y Gestión de Emergencias. Además es experta universitaria en Ciencias Policiales y Oficiales de Policía por la Universidad de Valencia y subdirectora de la Cátedra “Mediación Policial Ciutat de Vila-real”, suscrita con la Universidad Jaume I de Castellón.  Desde 2010 ejerce también la docencia en Mediación Policial en el IVASPE (Instituto Valenciano de Seguridad Pública y Emergencias) en todas las escalas y categorías.  Además ha firmado varias publicaciones sobre su especialidad. Entre ellos,  Mediación Policial: el manual para el cambio en la gestión de conflictos (2012); Mediación Policial: un oxímoron (2013); Mediación Policial: teoría para la gestión del conflicto (2014) y es coautora de Mediación Policial: la reflexión sobre la Reflexión.

Johan Galtung
(Researcher on peace and social conflict. Norway)

Plenary Session: “Governance for Peace”
Day: Thursday, 20 april
Time: 11:30 h.

As early as 1959 this Norwegian sociologist and mathematician founded the “First Peace Research Institute” and, subsequently in 1964, the “Journal of Peace Research”. A United Nations collaborator, over his lengthy career he has combined conflict mediation (Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the Caucasus, Ecuador) with teaching (chair of Peace Research at the University of Oslo and professor of Peace Studies at the Universtiy of Hawaii), and the publishing of some 50 books and more than a thousand articles. Galtung introduced new concepts of thought such as the “Violence Triangle”, which saw the first discussion of three types of violence (direct, physical or verbal; structural, which generates marginalisation and poverty, and cultural, based on the beliefs which justify the two previous types of violence). Another of his contributions was “Negative Peace vs. Positive peace”, whereby he established that periods of absence of violent conflict (negative peace) should not be considered absolute peace (positive peace). On the contrary, a ceasefire should be the point of departure from which governments start to work effectively towards a peace that goes far beyond the end of conflict. Among a long list of honours, he has received the Alternative Nobel and Gandhi Prizes.

Michele Gonçalves dos Ramos
(Investigadora asociada y coordinadora de Proyectos del Instituto Igarapé Río de Janeiro. Brasil)

Michele Gonçalves dos Ramos es investigadora asociada y coordinadora de proyectos del programa de seguridad ciudadana del Instituto Igarapé. Licenciada en Relaciones Internacionales por la Universidad de São Paulo (Brasil), hizo su maestría en Seguridad Internacional en Sciences Po (Francia), por la que obtuvo dos becas (Eiffel Excellence Scholarship y Émile Boutmy de Sciences Po). Michele ha trabajado en proyectos sobre educación y prevención de la violencia en la sede de la UNESCO, en la Oficina Internacional de Educación y en el Instituto Internacional de Planificación de la Educación (IIPE). También ha sido coordinadora académica en el campus euro-latinoamericano de Sciences Po.


Patricia Guerrero

Title pending confirmation

The founder of the League for Displaced Women, and responsible for managing its most iconic project, the Women’s City. Fourteen years ago this doctor of Law, specialising in Criminal Law, founded the Women’s City in Tubarco (Colombia), a strategy she herself describes as “the peaceful resistance of displaced black, indigenous women, of the poor amongst the poor, who have shown the State that we can get things done”. Her intention was to give them a new life where they would be in charge of themselves and, by themselves, they traced out their future against a backdrop characterised by non-violence, negotiation and solidarity. Today it is home to almost 500 women and their children. Guerrero’s contributions in strategic proceedings with the Constitutional Court of Colombia and the International Committee for Human Rights (CIDH) have brought about the design of public policies providing care for more than 600 women on the part of the Court, and the adoption of cautionary protective measures for all the women at her organisation on the part of the CIDH.

Rocío Gutiérrez Cely
(Secretariat for Peace and Citizen Culture, Cali, Colombia)

Panel on youth gang violence
Day: Thursday 20 april
Time: 09:00 h.

Having been the Peace advisor at the Mayor’s Office in Cali last year, Rocío Gutiérrez Cely is now heading up the Peace and Citizen Culture Secretariat, a new body, fruit of the administrative reform carried out recently by said Mayor’s Office. A graduate in Psychology from the Javeriana University of Cali, with a Master’s degree in Psychoanalysis and Mental Health from Barcelona’s IAEU (Institute for Advanced University Studies), Gutiérrez Cely coordinated the regional group of the Colombian Agency for Reintegration in Valle del Cauca, a body responsible for dealing with demobilised members of illegal armed groups; she also worked for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in the drafting of the CONPES document concerning the reintegration of ex-combatants, and has filled teaching roles at the ICESI, Javeriana and Pereira Catholic Universities.

Eva Abu Halaweh
Executive director of the Mizan Law Group for Human Rights

A lawyer by profession, Eva Abu Halaweh is the co-founder of the Mizan Law Group for Human Rights, a civil, non-profit organisation which a group of lawyers created in Jordan in 1998. Her career has always been linked to the defence of human rights. She is the coordinator of a number of the group’s programmes, which include the legal protection of victims of human rights violations, especially in the case of women, children and torture victims, who first benefit from field work and are subsequently supported in their claims at the law courts and with government authorities. Her aim is for Jordanian legislation to comply with international standards regarding human rights. She also belongs to the National Jordanian Commission for Women, and to the EuroMed Gender Committee (Euro Mediterranean rights). She received the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law 2016 and the International Woman of Courage Award 2011, given by the Department of State of the United States in recognition of women who have shown leadership, courage and sacrifice, especially in the promotion of women’s rights.

Anne Hidalgo
(Mayor of Paris. France)

Plenary session: Cities of Peace
Day: Wednesday, 19 April – Time: 16.30 h.
Panel on violence due to international terrorism
Day: Thursday, 20 April – Time: 15.00 h.

Spanish by birth, in 2014 Anne Hidalgo became the first female Mayor of Paris. Since then her priorities for building the Paris of tomorrow have included social inclusion, sustainable development, solidarity, citizen participation and innovation. Her commitment is also reflected at international level. In Paris she organised the Climate Summit for Local Leaders (in December 2015 and in parallel with COP21), the Summit on Cities’ Inclusion, Innovation and Resilience (Cities for Life, Paris, 2016), with C40, the Women4climate initiative (New York, 2017), and a plan concerning air quality (Air’Volution, Paris, 2017), as well as launching the Global Urban Air Pollution Observatory (GUAPO), bringing together other cities and international organisations.

This graduate in Occupational Social Science, with a Ph.D. in Labour and Trade Union Law, was appointed the first Vice-President of the Greater Paris Metropolis and President, in 2016, of C40, a network of 90 major cities and metropolises committed to combatting climate change. She is also the Chairperson of the International Association of French-speaking Mayors (AIMF in the French acronym), the Co-President of the World Network of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), and she chairs the UCLG Standing Committee on Gender Equality.

Emna Jeblaqui
(Director of the International Institute for Human Development – IIDH. Tunisia)

Title pending confirmation

A university lecturer at the Manouba Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Jeblaoui is the executive director of the International Institute for Human Development (IIDH in the French acronym), an emerging organisation founded in May 2013 and responsible for the WPS project, Women for Peace and Security. A United Nations expert, she worked as a coordinator at the training centre of the UN contracting division in the Tunisian Assembly, and was an independent advisor to the National Constituent Assembly responsible for Civil Society, Democratic Dialogue and Mediation in periods of conflict, based on multi-party platforms. Jeblaoui is also a member of a number of organisations from the Tunisian human rights league, the LTDH (the Bab Bhar Bureau, Tunisian UNESCO Club, the 23/10 organization, the Hannibal Strategic Institute), and of the LEND Network (Leaders Engaged in New Democracies), led by the Club of Madrid and the Community of Democracies, as well as forming part of the Emerging Democracies Institute in Washington and the Averroes Foundation for Progress and Democracy.

Célestine Ketcha
(Mayor of the Bangangté Commune, Cameroon)

Célestine Ketcha has been the mayor of the Commune of Bangangté (pop. 200,000) since 2007, a position she consolidated in 2013 with more than 83% of the vote. With advanced technical qualifications, specialising in Commercial Techniques, and with a diploma in Higher Commercial and Economic Studies, she combines her work at the head of the Mayor’s Office with an intense international workload. In 2010 she was named ambassador for French-speaking Africa in the European Union’s working groups within the field of Dialogues structured around aid efficiency. Representing Central Africa she was the vice-president of the Network for Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) and, since December 2012, she has been serving as president of the Commission for Humanitarian Aid and Risk Management at the heart of the International Association of French-speaking Mayors (AIMF in the French acronym). In addition, she also actively cooperates in a number of initiatives, such as the one being developed by the EU and Zenü Network to create a social projects observatory at the heart of the commune, or with the Fouesnant Town Council, within the framework of supporting young people in the educational sector, and in the National Program for Participatory Development (PNDP) aimed at identifying and prioritizing the needs of the population and introducing micro-projects to combat poverty and the creation of activities that generate revenue.

Patrick Keuleers
Director de Gobernanza y consolidación de Paz del Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD). Bélgica

Sesión Plenaria Gobernanza para la Paz
Día: jueves, 20 abril
Hora: 11.30 h.

Patrick Keuleers, de nacionalidad belga, es el director de Gobernanza y Consolidación de Paz en el Buró de Política  y Apoyo a Proyectos del Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD). En su trayectoria profesional suma más de tres décadas de experiencia en el campo de la gobernanza,  con destinos en la sede, en África Central y Occidental, en Asia y en la región del Pacífico, incluyendo el apoyo a entornos de crisis (Afganistán, Burundi, Camboya, Chad, República Democrática del Congo, Mali, Myanmar, Papúa Nueva Guinea, Paquistán, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste).  Trabajó consecutivamente para  DTCD (actualmente UNDESA, Departamento de Asuntos Económicos y Sociales de Naciones Unidas); en la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas de Servicios para Proyectos;   en la Organización Internacional del Trabajo y en el PNUD.

Ali Kiliç
(Mayor of Maltepe- Estambul.Turkey)

Panel on violence due to religious extremism
Day: Thursday, 20 april
Time: 09:00 h.

The Mayor of Maltepe (Istanbul) since 2014, Kiliç’s daily work involves spending all day listening to, and resolving, people’s problems, with the help of municipal staff committed to updating the principles of social democracy.

It was in Germany, a country to which he had moved in 1980, that Ali Kiliç took his first steps as a journalist. For many years he was the Milliyet daily newspaper’s Munich correspondent. As such, he provided the Turkish minority resident in the country a voice in the face of the discrimination and inequality they were experiencing. At just 30 he became the president of the Federation of Alevi Associations in Europe (AABF), recognised as the most powerful European organisation for immigration. His passion has always been to share in the suffering of the oppressed, with respect for their religious beliefs, social identities, sex and political affiliations in order to thereby resolve their problems.

Steve Killelea A.M.
(Founder and Executive Chairman of Integrated Research Ltd; The Charitable Foundation; Institute for Economics and Peace, Australia)

Plenary Session: Peaceful Coexistence
Day: Thursday, 20 april
Time: 17:00 h.

Steve Killelea is a consummate entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the founder and executive chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace, an independent research centre dedicated to the analysis and understanding of the social and economic factors which contribute to bringing about a more peaceful society. He currently sits on a large number of executive boards and advisory bodies. In 2010 he was appointed a member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the movement for world peace and the humanitarian aid he had provided to developing countries. Three years later, in 2013, he was included in the “Top 100 most influential people in armed violence reduction”.

Jacqueline L’Hoist Tapia

Title pending confirmation

Jacqueline L’Hoist Tapia has been building a solid career defending human rights in the City of Mexico since 1994. In October 2011 she became the first woman to chair the Council to Prevent and Eliminate Discrimination in the Mexican capital, a body which has successfully consolidated itself as the leader of its kind at national level. With a university degree in Public Safety, she boasts a number of specialities in human rights and has been the driving force behind numerous initiatives to guarantee equality of treatment and non-discrimination, a subject into which she has coordinated a range of research and published various articles. In 2014 she received the René Casín Award for Human Rights, awarded by the Jewish community in the North American country.

Zlatko Lagumdzija
(Former Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2001-2002)

Panel on violence due to religious extremism
Day: Thursday, 20 april
Time: 09:00 h.

The Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina between 2001 and 2002, Zlatko Lagumdžija boasts an extensive background on the international arena, working on missions and commissions to reinforce democracy in countries at risk of conflict. Among these it is worth noting the Pre-Electoral Mission by the National Democratic Institute in Afghanistan (2004) and the International Commission on the Balkans (2004). Lagumdžija has been a member of Global Leaders for Tomorrow since 1998. His political career in Bosnia and Herzegovina is an extensive one. As well as having served as Prime Minister for two years, he has twice been Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Foreign Affairs a further two times, at different periods between 1992 and 2015. Elected to the Bosnian parliament on six occasions, he has also been chairman of his country’s Social Democratic party (1997-2014) and stood on the European Socialist Party’s executive committee (2009-2016).  He is currently a member of the Club of Madrid.

Mynor Ariel López Fernández
(Mayor of San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Sacatepéquez. Guatemala)

Title pending confirmation

Elected as mayor in 2012, last year he was reelected with a new mandate. A primary school teacher, surgeon and theologist, Maynor Ariel López is also chairman of the Association of Municipalities of Sacatepéquez, (AMSAC) and represents San Antonio Aguas Calientes on the Advisory Council of the Guatemalan Association of Municipalities (ANAM). Security, education and development have been the three pillars of his management at the helm of the Mayor’s Office. The National Civil Police records point to San Antonio Aguas Calientes as one of the safest and most violence-free locations in Latin America. The municipality’s declaration as being free of illiteracy and the fact that it is considered a model for educational infrastructure are a reflection of the mayor’s commitment to education, a commitment which has been bolstered by the building of the Sacatepéquez University Centre (CUNSAC) as part the San Carlos de Guatemala University, aimed at providing students from the province and neighbouring areas access to higher education. San Antionio is also considered by the Guatemalan Ministry of Public Health as one of the urban centres with the best human development figures in the province.

Abigail Mapua-Cabanilla

Abigail Mapua-Cabanilla

Title pending confirmation

Specialising in Sustainable Design, Education and Communication, Abi Mapua is the driving force behind, and current director of, the Hub of Innovation for Inclusion (HIFI) at the College of Saint Benilde in Manila. Furthermore, she is the co-founder and sustainability provocateur at KindMind, an experience design laboratory, and a regular speaker and promoter of innovation aimed at people from the academic and business worlds. Over her professional career she has focussed her work on the area of the environmental sciences, the management of community resources and experience design, always aimed at helping both people and communities to adopt a sustainable lifestyle and to become agents of change and social equality.


Aurora Martínez Cruz
(Manager of the Department of Social Economic Development in Cuscatancingo. El Salvador)

EXPERIENCES WORKSHOP: WORKSHOP 1. “Reinforcing the capabilities of local governments in the processes of Citizen Participation in a Culture of Peace” MUNICIPAZ

Serving on the Town Council between 2012 and 2015 enabled Aury Martínez to come into close contact with the varying local communities and gain direct knowledge of their needs and problems – an experience she rates as being extremely valuable to her current post as manager of the Department of Social and Economic Development.  This Departments is made up of six divisions, with responsibilities focussed on education, human development, local economic development, working with women, relations with the varying churches, and risk management and the prevention of disasters. She is also the associate coordinator of the Inter-sectoral Bureau for the Development of Cuscatancingo, an organisation which works towards preventing violence and establishing a culture of peace, and she also coordinates the monitoring and follow-up team for the Municipaz Project in Cuscatancingo.

Yvan Mayeur
Mayor of Brussels

Panel on violence due to religious extremism
Day: Thursday, 20 april
Time: 09:00 h.

Appointed Burgomaster (mayor) of the city of Brussels on 16 December 2013, Yvan Mayeur has an extensive political background linked at all times to social subjects. It is worth highlighting, for instance, his 18 years (1995-2013) at the helm of the Public Centre for Social Welfare (CPAS in the French acronym) in the Belgian capital which, under his chairmanship, underwent far-reaching reorganisation and the redefining of its social activities. It is as such that, subsequent to his arrival, the role of the CPAS evolved beyond social aid, carrying out genuinely social actions to promote health, housing, education and employment. The CPAS has rehabilitated or constructed numerous residential buildings in Brussels, currently making it one of the major public real estate promoters. Mayeur was also the founder and chairman, for 14 years, of Brussels’ urban social SAMU unit, dealing with social emergencies and combatting exclusion, responsible for the reinsertion of homeless people. He was also the creator of “Les Ateliers des Tanneurs” (tanners’ workshops), a corporate centre dedicated to local economic and social development, which caters for, initiates and supports the economic activity of new enterprises in Brussels.

Federico Mayor Zaragoza
(Former Director-General of UNESCO and current Chairman of the Foundation for a Culture of Peace. Spain)

Plenary session: Cities of Peace
Day: Wednesday, 19 April
Time: 16.30 h.

Holding a Ph.D. in Pharmacy from the Complutense University of Madrid, Federico Mayor Zaragoza obtained the chair for Biochemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Granada University, where he was Chancellor from 1968-72. For 12 years (1987-99) he was Director-General of UNESCO, and in that final year he created the Foundation for a Culture of Peace, of which he is the Chairman. In February 2016 he was appointed Co-Chairman of the Institute for Human Rights, Democracy and Culture of Peace and Non-Violence (DEMOSPAZ). Over his lengthy career, Mayor Zaragoza has also been Chairman of the “European Research Council Expert Group” (2002-2005), Co-chair of the High Level Group for the Alliance of Civilisations (2005-06), Chairman of the “Initiative for Science in Europe” (2007-10), Chair of the Board of the IPS News Agency (2008-12), and also that of the International Commission against the Death Penalty (2010). In his political career he was the Spanish Minister of Education and Science from 1981-82 and a Member of the European Parliament in 1987. He is the author of more than 80 works of scientific research and a wide range of essays. He has been named Doctor Honoris Causa by numerous universities and is a member of, among others, the Academy of Pharmacy of Argentina and that of Science of the Russian Federation (1998). In 1976 he was named a Numbered Member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Pharmacy and, in 1994, an Honorary Member of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts


Josep Mayoral i Antigas
(Alcalde de Granollers y vicepresidente del comité ejecutivo de Mayors for Peace. España)

Sesión plenaria sobre Convivencia Pacífica
Día: jueves, 22 de abril
Hora: 17.00 horas

Este economista y profesor en excedencia de la Escuela Municipal del Trabajo de Granollers (Barcelona), es desde 2004 el alcalde de esta ciudad en la que nació.  Desde 2009 es vicepresidente del comité ejecutivo de Mayors for Peace, (Alcaldes para la Paz), una organización que agrupa a 5.000 ciudades de 150 países y regiones de todo el mundo, de las cuales 300 son municipios españoles. En total  representan a más de mil millones de personas con el objetivo de trabajar en  favor de la paz, el desarme y, especialmente, la eliminación de las armas nucleares. En el ámbito internacional, Mayoral es miembro del Consejo General de Ciudades y Gobiernos Locales Unidos (CGLU) y de la Comisión de Relaciones Internacionales de la FEMP. A nivel nacional,  ha sido también sido vicepresidente primero de la Diputació de Barcelona y diputado presidente de diversas áreas como Obras Públicas, Turismo o Espacios Naturales. Actualmente es vicepresidente segundo de la Agrupación de Municipios con Transporte Urbano de la región metropolitana de Barcelona (AMTU) y miembro de la Comisión Permanente del Consejo de Gobiernos Locales de Cataluña.


José Tomás Minero Domínguez
Mayor of Ciudad Delgado (El Salvador)

EXPERIENCES WORKSHOP: WORKSHOP 1. “Reinforcing the capabilities of local governments in the processes of Citizen Participation in a Culture of Peace”. MUNICIPAZ.

Born in San Salvador, at the age of 14 Minero Domínguez joined the guerrilla struggle as part of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN in the Spanish acronym). It was as a member of the ranks of the FMLN that he arrived in Ciudad Delgado. With the FMLN triumphant in the municipality, he worked to promote social conditions and, subsequently, as head of Current Accounts in the Mayor’s Office, which would enable him to gain experience for his later role as Mayor. A graduate in Company Administration from the Lutheran University, the positions that José Tomás Minero has held include that of vice-president of the Mayors’ Council (CDA), head of the Metropolitan Area Territorial Management Committee in the Mayors’ Council for the Metropolitan Area of San Salvador (COAMSS), as well as being the treasurer of ENEPASA, a Salvadoran partner company of ALBAPETROLEOS, founded by the mayors’ offices in which the FMLN is in power. At international level he has been elected as one of the four representatives of Latin America in the dialogue set up with the European Union, and is a member of the Euro-Central American Conference. At this Madrid Forum he, along with the Mayor of Cuscatancingo, Jaime Recinos, will be presenting the experience: “Reinforcing the capabilities of local governments in the processes of Citizen Participation in a Culture of Peace”. MUNICIPAZ.

Francisco Miranda
(Director of the Institute for International Cooperation and Municipal Development -INCIDEM. Madrid. Spain)

EXPERIENCES WORKSHOP: WORKSHOP 1. “Reinforcing the capabilities of local governments in the processes of Citizen Participation in a Culture of Peace”

Miranda is a graduate in Sociology with postgraduate qualifications in International Commerce, Development Cooperation and Project and Programme Evaluation. He has stood on the Government Board for the Coordination of Development NGOs (CONGDE in the Spanish acronym), responsible for relations with the European Union and, as such, representing the Board in Brussels with the European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development (CONDORD).  He is currently in charge of the Institute for International Cooperation and Municipal Development.


Nice Nailantei Leng’ete
(Supervisora de proyectos en Amref Health Africa. Kenia)

Mesa sobre Violencia de Género
Día: viernes, 21 de abril
Hora: 9.00 horas

Nice Nailantei Leng’ete nació en Kajiado, en el sur de Kenia, en una comunidad masái. Con nueve años escapó junto a su hermana de la ceremonia de mutilación genital femenina que tenían prevista para ella y, desde su juventud, se ha dedicado a sensibilizar, a nivel comunitario y también internacional, sobre las consecuencias dañinas de esta práctica. A sus 26 años está especializada en la gestión de sistemas sanitarios y ha trabajado primero como asistente de administración, asistente de proyectos después y actualmente como supervisora de proyectos en la ONG Amref Health Africa. Esta organización lleva desde finales de los años 50 del pasado siglo dedicada a la prestación de servicios médicos, la investigación y la formación de profesionales de la salud y de la población africana en general. En el caso de la mutilación genital femenina  han conseguido evitar más de 10.500 casos y Nice Nailantei es una de las caras más visibles de ese propósito ya que ha  viajado por América, África y Europa contando su historia y sensibilizando a la población.


Leticia Oviedo
(Town Council Coordinator for the Prevention of Violence. Ciudad Delgado. El Salvador)

EXPERIENCES WORKSHOP: WORKSHOP 1. “Reinforcing the capabilities of local governments in the processes of Citizen Participation in a Culture of Peace”

Oviedo is currently the Municipal Coordinator for the Prevention of Violence in Ciudad Delgado. She served on the Town Council from 2006 to 2015. She is an expert in a range of fields related to the prevention of violence and building a culture of peace, including the launching of municipal observatories for the prevention of violence.


Virginia Raggi
(Alcaldesa de Roma (Italia)

Sesión plenaria sobre Gobernanza para la Paz
Día: Jueves, 20 de abril
Hora: 11.30 horas

Nacida en Roma, es abogada de profesión y alcaldesa de la capital italiana desde el pasado año. En 2011 comenzó a participar en el Movimiento 5 Estrellas y, junto con otros dos activistas, formó el grupo del movimiento en la Municipalidad XIV de Roma. Elegida concejala en  2013,  participó activamente en los trabajos de las comisiones Cultura, Trabajo, Juventud y de la comisión de Políticas Sociales y Salud. “He meditado mucho sobre el significado de la palabra ‘política’ que para mí significa realizar una idea mejor de sociedad, de la ciudadanía y, por lo tanto, de la administración”, afirma  al tiempo que añade: “La política no es un trabajo, no es una misión: es el deseo de restaurar la legalidad, la normalidad y el progreso sostenible”. Su trabajo como abogada lo ha desarrollado particularmente en el campo del derecho de autor, la propiedad intelectual y las nuevas tecnologías. Ha publicado varios artículos y notas a fallos judiciales en la revista “Diritto dell’Informazione e dell’Informatica” (Derecho a la Información e Informático), y en el año 2007 fue nombrada “Cultore della materia” (Experto en la materia) por la Universidad de Roma “Foro Italico”.


Jaime Alberto Recinos Crespín
Mayor of Cuscatancingo (El Salvador)

EXPERIENCES WORKSHOP: WORKSHOP 1. “Reinforcing the capabilities of local governments in the processes of Citizen Participation in a Culture of Peace”. MUNICIPAZ.

Elected mayor representing the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN in the Spanish acronym) in 2006, Recinos Crespín was again successful in winning the support of his voters in the next three elections. A graduate in Medicine from the National University of El Salvador, he completed Postgraduate studies in Strategic Customer Experience Management and Health Institutions Administration at the Evangelical University of El Salvador. Of the positions he has held throughout his political career, it is worth noting his role as Secretary of the Mayors’ Council for the Metropolitan Area of San Salvador (COAMSS). At This Forum in Madrid he, along with the mayor of the neighbouring municipality Ciudad Delgado, José Tomás Minero, will be presenting the experience of: “Reinforcing the capabilities of local governments in the processes of Citizen Participation in a Culture of Peace”. MUNICIPAZ.


Ton Rombouts
(Alcalde de ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Holanda)

Sesión Plenaria “Educación y valores para la Paz”
Día: viernes, 21 de abril
Hora: 11.30 h.

Ton Rombouts (1951) es alcalde de ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Holanda)  desde  1996. Desde esa condición es también presidente del Comité Internacional de la Asociación de Municipios de  los Países Bajos (VNG) y copresidente de la Comisión de Cooperación para el Desarrollo y Diplomacia de las Ciudades de la Organización Mundial de Ciudades Unidas y Gobiernos Locales (CGLU), un puesto desde el que ha promovido el lanzamiento de la primera edición del Premio de la Paz de CGLU, cuya entrega lugar el pasado mes de octubre en la capital colombiana, Bogotá.  Desde junio de 2015, Rombouts es también senador por el partido Demócrata Cristiano. Con anterioridad a su llegada a la Alcaldía de ‘s-Hertogenbosch, fue alcalde de Boxtel (1989-1992) y de Wouw (1979-1989) y en este último municipio  se convirtió en el regidor más joven de Holanda. Además ha sido director de la Asociación de Provincias Holandesas y, durante muchos años, ha desarrollado una activa labor en el Comité Europeo de las Regiones, como presidente del Comité de Educación y Cultura, y ha impulsado  el papel de la cultura en la creación de sociedades pacíficas y sostenibles.

Erik Ruiz Martín
Communications Manager, CONEXX_Europe (Brussels)

EXPERIENCES WORKSHOP: WORKSHOP 1. “Reinforcing the capabilities of local governments in the processes of Citizen Participation in a Culture of Peace”

Ruiz Martín has a degree in Audio-visual Communications from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), with a merit in multimedia production and a dissertation on “Social Media for a participatory event: the case of Emusik 2016”. He is currently the communications manager of CONEXX-Europe, an organisation with its head offices in Brussels, which promotes cooperative initiatives between stakeholders from Europe, Latin America and other regions, providing innovative solutions for sustainable development. Furthermore, he coordinates communications at MuniciPaz, a project financed by the EuropeAid programme at the European Commission, which aims to optimize and create instruments for the prevention of violence and the culture of peace, getting El Salvador’s civil society involved. Throughout his professional career he has been in charge of digital communications strategy on a range of projects, including social network communications, as well as SEO strategy. He has also worked at Docor Comunicación, a communications agency in Bilbao specialising in scientific communications.

Pedro María Uruñuela Nájera
(Presidente honorífico de CONVIVES. España)

Mesa sobre Violencia Juvenil y Acoso Escolar
Día: jueves, 20 de abril
Hora: 9.00 horas

Licenciado en Filosofía y Letras,  catedrático de Bachillerato durante doce años, profesor asociado de la Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) en la  Facultad de Educación, ha sido también subdirector general de la Alta Inspección del Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia durante cuatro años (2004-2008). Pedro María Uruñuela es presidente honorífico de la Asociación Convivir en la Escuela (CONVIVES), de la que fue socio fundador. Esta asociación es una red colaborativa de personas implicadas en la educación que, desde perspectivas diversas, aportan reflexión, argumentos y herramientas para impulsar la construcción de la convivencia, promoviendo estrategias que pongan el acento en la participación activa de las familias, del alumnado y del profesorado. Sus propuestas de formación, materiales y experiencias, así como la Revista Convives reflejan estas buenas prácticas. Uruñuela acaba de publicar el libro Trabajar la convivencia en los centros educativos: una mirada al bosque de la convivencia, y  una guía de aprendizaje-servicio, titulada Aprender cambiando el mundo.

Cristina Vélez
(Bogota District Secretariat for Women, Colombia)

Plenary/parallel session on Gender-based Violence.
Presenting the experience: “Reinforcing the participation and impact of women though the College of Political Education and Peace in Bogota”
Day: Thursday 20 april
Time: 15.00 h.

Cristina Vélez’s professional career has alternated between teaching and the public sector. She is a historian with a Master’s degree in History from the University of the Andes, where she will soon be receiving her doctorate in Business Administration with a doctoral thesis tackling the theme of risk assessment in the context of armed conflict. She has worked as a business consultant on projects involving organisational enterprise and empowerment focussed on women. She has taught at the Administration Faculty of the University of the Andes at undergraduate level, and at MBA level at the Del Rosario and UPTC Universities.

Mark Watts
(Director ejecutivo de C40 Grupo de Liderazgo del Clima de Grandes Ciudades)

Mark Watts es, desde diciembre de  2013, director ejecutivo de C40 Grupo de Liderazgo del Clima de Grandes Ciudades, fundado en  Londres en 2005 por 18 metrópolis con el propósito de aunar esfuerzos que ayuden a favorecer el cambio climático a nivel mundial y luchar contra el calentamiento global. Con anterioridad a su incorporación al C40,  Watts dirigió  la consultora  Arup’s, energy and climate change team. Al  comienzo de su carrera fue asesor del alcalde de Londres en materia de cambio climático y transporte sostenible.  El periódico London Evening Standard lo describió así: “La fuerza intelectual que hay detrás de Ken Livingstone para convertir Londres en un referente en la batalla contra el calentamiento global”. Watts es también  senior associate del University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, del Consejo de la Global Green Growth Institute y  del  Yale Climate Dialogue.

Nélida Zaitégui de Miguel
(Presidenta del Consejo Escolar de Euskadi. España)

Sesión Plenaria “Educación y Valores para la Paz”
Día: viernes, 21 de abril
Hora: 11.30 horas

Esta maestra, pedagoga e inspectora de educación jubilada, es presidenta del Consejo Escolar de Euskadi. Formadora en Convivencia y Paz Positiva,  su carrera ha estado vinculada a la educación para la convivencia. Ha estado al frente del programa Educación para la Convivencia, la Paz y los Derechos Humanos en el Departamento de Educación del País Vasco. Ha sido presidenta del Comité Científico del I Congreso de Educación para la Convivencia, celebra en Vitoria-Gasteiz en mayo de 2001; miembro del Observatorio Estatal de la Convivencia; vicepresidenta honoraria de  CONVIVES, asociación para la convivencia escolar, y también del  Fórum Europeo de Administradores de la Educación de Euskal Herria. Entre sus publicaciones destacan: Guía para la creación del observatorio de convivencia y la elaboración del plan de  convivencia anual. (2008) y Educar para la convivencia y la paz en Euskadi, hoy. (2006).

Leila Zerrougui

Leila Zerrougui

Plenary Session: Cities of Peace
Day: Wedenesday, 19 april
Time: 16:30 h.

A native of Algeria, Leila Zerrougui has been the United Nations Secretariat special representative for children and armed conflict since September 2012. A graduate of the National School of Administration, she is a recognised legal expert in human rights, the administration of justice and the protection of vulnerable groups, particularly women and children. Before her current appointment, Zerrougui was the assistant special representative of the UN Stabilization Mission, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), where she led the work of said mission in the strengthening of the rule of law and the protection of the civil population. She has had an extensive career in the Algerian judiciary and has participated in the National Committee for the reform of the Judicial System of her country.