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Geneva Peace Week 2020: Faith and Digital Governance


Man interacting with virtual technology on touch screenGeneva Peace Week emphasizes that each and every person, actor and institution has a role to play in building peace and resolving conflict. The thematic focus for day 2 of Geneva Peace Week was titled ‘Building a culture of peace and Horizon scan for cyber peace'. Subjects such as combatting misinformation in storytelling and urban peace building were discussed.  Geneva Peace Week is a flagship initiative of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform in collaboration with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), and the Platform's five partners – the Graduate Institute's Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP); the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF); the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP); Interpeace; and the Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva (QUNO).

President and Founder of, Christoph Stueckelberger was invited to present at the session titled ‘Faith and Digital Governance'.  He spoke of the rise of extremism, which is fuelled by the growing trend of populism. He noted how ethics in higher education has the potential to counter these issues. To overcome fundamentalism, there needs to be wider knowledge on theology, as well as a balance of interpreting the Holy Scripture. Prof. Stueckelberger spoke of liberating spirituality, emphasising that youths should not only learn about religion(s), but called for action to encourage youths to truly live their faith. To overcome the instrumentalisation of religion, specifically in politics, he spoke of the need for courageous cyber governance from many institutions.

Both his books, Cyber Ethics 4.0: Serving Humanity with Values, and Globalance: Ethics Handbook for a Balanced World Post-Covid address how we can overcome cyber issues, and find value-orientated solutions to dismantle the ‘dark net' and eliminate hate speech and hateful content. Both books can be accessed online and downloaded for free at Publications.

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