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Maintaining Peace and Security in Times of Growing Instability

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in englischer Sprache

The world of today faces conflicts of growing complexity, dominated by terrorists and other non-state actors. Peace operations need to deal with asymetric threats and ever more demanding environments. Which options are there for maintaining peace and security under these increasingly challenging circumstances?

Former President of Timor-Leste; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dili Key Note
Former UN Special Representative to South Sudan; Former Minister of International Development of Norway, Oslo
Chief of Staff, Center for Political Beauty, Berlin
Executive Director, Security Council Report, United Nations, New York
Chair, International Advisory Board, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Chair


Former President of Timor-Leste; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dili

1969-1975 Journalist, Timor-Leste
1975 Minister for External Affairs, FREITLIN - Revolutionary Front for the Independence of Timor-Leste
1975-1999 Permanent Representative of FRETILIN to the United Nations
1990 Founder, Diplomacy Training Program, University of New South Wales
2006-2007 Prime Minister of Timor-Leste
2007-2012 President of Timor-Leste
2013-2014 United Nations envoy to Guinea-Bissau


Former UN Special Representative to South Sudan; Former Minister of International Development of Norway, Oslo

 Hilde Frafjord Johnson has close to 20 years of high-level leadership experience in international positions. She served as Member of the UN Secretary General s High Level Panel for the Review of Peace Operations, covering both peacekeeping and political missions and a Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary General of the Department of Political Affairs in the UN 2014 2015.
 In July 2014, she completed her three year tenure as Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) in South Sudan (2011- 2014). Prior to this, she was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF (2007-2011), where she was in charge of the organisation's humanitarian operations, crisis response and security issues.
 As Minister for International Development of Norway for almost seven years (during 1997-2005) Hilde F. Johnson was in charge of development policies and programmes, as well as humanitarian response. During her ministerial tenure, she was a key player in brokering the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) for Sudan in 2005. With a particular engagement also in Afghanistan, Timor Leste, the Great Lakes, and the Sudans, Ms. Johnson has advocated for reforms in the international response to crisis and post conflict settings. In this context she was also Senior Advisor to the President of the African Development Bank, developing its Fragile States policy.
 Hilde F. Johnson was also an elected Member of Parliament from 1992-2001. She has her post-graduate degree in Development Anthropology and speaks English, Swahili and French fluently, and has some grasp of German.


Chief of Staff, Center for Political Beauty, Berlin

2001-2011 verschiedene Engagements in Film und Fernsehen
2004-2007 Schauspielausbildung,Fritz-Kirchhoff Schule, Berlin
2007-2009 Sprechtraining nach Schlaffhorst-Andersen bei Margarete Seid
2008 Engagiert als Schauspielerein, Stadttheater Bruneck
seit 2009 Künstlerin, Regisseurin im Zentrum für Politische Schönheit
2010 Meisner-Technique Coaching im Acting Studio Berlin
2011 Fotokurs Basic und Schnittkurs Final Cut Pro X, VHS Berlin
  "Nachbarschaft" Theater Ballhaus Ost Berlin, Regie: Rahel Salvoldelli
  "Schuld - die Barbarei Europas" Kurzfilm, Regie: Cesy Leonard
2012 "Die Zeit heilt alle Wunder" Kurzfilm, Regie: Cesy Leonard
  "Kanzlerin im Untergrund" Theaterstück Steirischer Herbst Festival 2012, Regie: Cesy Leonard, mit Anna König und Luise Gabel "Nachtwehen" Experimenteller Kurzfilm, Regie: Cesy Leonard (Auftrag für Noordkaap Festival)
2013 "Netz für die Welt", Projektleitung Cesy Leonard und Philipp Ruch
  "Johan und Marie" Historischer Kurzfilm, Regie: Cesy Leonard, Lopta Film
  Schnittpraktikum bei BS - Media, Bernhard Strubel
2013-2014 "Montags Tanzen", Kurzfilm Regie: Cesy Leonard
2014 Künstlerische Mitarbeit/ Regie, Kindertransporthilfe des Bundes
  Lecture Performance, Alumni-Tagung, Journalistenstipendium, Quandt Stiftung, "Kunst - M(m)acht - Politik"
  Konzept und Performance, IRRITATION für Zentrum für Politische Schönheit, Wien
  Lecture Performance, "Demokratie vererbt sich nicht - Partizipation RELOADED", Klagenfurt
2014-2015 Künstlerischemitarbeit/ Regie "Erster Europäische Mauerfall"
2015 Künstlerische Mitarbeit/ Regie "Die Toten Kommen"
  Mitarbeit am Theaterstück 2099, Premiere 09/2015 am Schauspielhaus Dortmund
  Lecture Performances: Werk X "Monopol auf Morgen"; Kunsthochschule Braunschweig, Theatertreffen 2015
seit 2014 Regie, Arbeit am Dokumentarfilm über das Zentrum für Politische Schönheit


Executive Director, Security Council Report, United Nations, New York

 Ph.D., Economics, Harvard University
1999-2000 Analyst, Goldman Sachs, London
2000-2001 Associate, Goldman Sachs, London
2008-2012 Assistant Professor of Finance, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford
2012-2013 Visiting Reader in Finance, London School of Economics, London
2012-2014 Associate Professor of Finance, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford
 Since 2013 Professor of Finance, London School of Economics, London


Chair, International Advisory Board, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1977 Law Studies in Vienna (Dr. iur.)
1977-1978 Postgraduate-Studies, College of Europe, Bruges
1978 Diploma of The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague
1979 Joined the Austrian Diplomatic Service
1982-1986 Austrian Mission to the European Communities, Brussels
1986-1990 Austrian Embassy, Moscow
1991-1993 Private Office of the Austrian Foreign Minister, Vienna
1993-1995 Deputy Head of Cabinet of Foreign Ministers Mock and Schüssel, Vienna
1995-1999 Director for Security Policy and Policy Planning, Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna
1996-1999 Deputy Political Director, Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna
1999-2003 Ambassador of Austria to Belgium and Head of the Austrian Mission to NATO, Brussels
2002-2004 Special Representative of the Austrian Foreign Minister for the Western Balkans
2003-2004 Representative of the Federal Chancellor of Austria in the Commission on the Reform of the Austrian Armed Forces, Vienna
2003-2008 Political Director (Director General for Political Affairs) of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna
2008-2011 Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations, New York
2009-2010 Also represented Austria on the United Nations Security Council, New York (President of the Security Council in November 2009)
2011 Vice-President of the 66th General Assembly of the UN, New York
2011-2015 Ambassador, (Head of the Delegation) of the European Union to the United Nations, New York
since 2015 Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, European External Action Service, Brussels
 Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges and Natolin

Political Symposium

show timetable


16:00 - 17:30The Grand Bargain of Humanitarian Assistance: How to Mobilise More Aid and Make It More Effective?Partner


09:00 - 10:00Genocide: Terminology, Dimension, PreventionPartner
12:00 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:00Muddling Through or Starting Anew?Plenary
16:30 - 18:00Maintaining Peace and Security in Times of Growing InstabilityPlenary
17:30 - 19:00Focusing on Security PolicyPartner
18:00 - 20:00ReceptionSocial
20:00 - 21:30Young Talents – Los ColoradosCulture


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast ClubBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 01: Success! The Do’s and Don’ts of Changemaking in EuropeBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 02: Wartime Journalism: The Case of UkraineBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 03: Losing Out: Paths to Radicalism?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 04: Austria in the EU: 20 Years of Experiences and ExpectationsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 05: Eradication of Energy Poverty: A Key to Reducing InequalityBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 06: New Paradigms for European SecurityBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 07: Does the EU Drive (In-)Equality?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 08: Inequality of Outcome and Inequality of Opportunity: Two Incompatible Sides of the Same Coin?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 09: Interoperability in Humanitarian Operations: From Coexistence to CooperationBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 10: Young Refugees in Europe: Missed Opportunities – Future Chances?Breakout
10:00 - 11:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 11: Inclusiveness: The Key to Sustained ProsperityBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 12: Authoritarianism on the Rise: A New Global Competitor for DemocracyBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 13: The Unequal State: How Inequality Blocks Society’s Creativity and How to Achieve Radical ChangeBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 14: Integrating People | Knowledge | Potential: Recognition of Migrant’s SkillsBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 15: The EU Member States: Giants, Dwarfs and Those in Between?Breakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 16: Towards More Union in European DefenceBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 17: How to Make TTIP Inclusive for All? Towards a Fair World Trade OrderBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 18: Sustainable Development Goals: Why Should Europe Care?Breakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 19: The Inequality of Climate ChangeBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 20: Games Politicians Should PlayBreakout
15:00 - 16:30Dead-End Europe? Asylum and Refugee Policy in FocusPlenary
17:00 - 18:30The EU and Russia: Rivals, Opponents, Partners?Plenary
19:00 - 20:30CANCELED – Late Night Talk: Islam, “Islamic State” and ViolencePlenary


07:00 - 07:30InDignityPlenary
07:30 - 08:15Existential RisksPlenary
08:45 - 10:15Sustainable Development Goals: From Aspirations to RealityPlenary
10:15 - 10:30Concluding RemarksPlenary