Transforming Conflicts into Dialogue Opportunities” is a roundtable event organized in collaboration between Rondine Cittadella della Pace and Caritas Internationalis as an ongoing investment that both organizations are committed to making for peacebuilding, dialogue, and conflict transformation around the world. It will take place on December 4th from 9.00 to 12.00 a.m. at  Church Center for the United Nations, in New York City.

Different causes and consequences of conflict will be introduced by experts in the field, with major focus in Middle East, Africa, and South America. Moreover, the discussion will lead to how these sources of conflict could be transformed into sources of dialogue. Finally, Rondine Method on conflict transformation will be introduced as one of the good practices to address various conflict situations.

This roundtable is organized as a side-event of Rondine Cittadella della Pace and the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN event “Leaders for Peace, One Year Later: Towards a Global Leaders School”. Special attention will be given to addressing the Sustainable Development Goal 16, which aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.



Panel 1: Implications of Armed Conflicts | 09.00 – 10.15 am

  • Moderated by Joseph Donnelly | Caritas Internationalis Permanent Delegate to the United Nations
  • Opening Remarks by Angiolo Boncompagni | Senior Advisor – Leaders for Peace campaign, Rondine Cittadella della Pace
    • Juan Chebly | Sustainable Development Economist
    • Elias D. Mallon | External Affairs Officer, Catholic Near East Welfare Association
    • Dyala | World House student, Palestinian
    • David P. Charters | First Secretary, Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations

Panel 2: Offering Practical Solutions to Global Complex Issues | 10.35 a.m – 12.00 p.m.

  • Moderated by Joseph Grieboski | DD, FRSA, religious liberty advocate
  • Statement by Greg McCarthy | Executive Director, Loyola Foundation (written statement)
    • Andrea Ostheimer | Executive Director, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung – New York Office
    • Charlie Rotunno | Executive Vice President, Raskob Foundation
    • Stephen | World House student, Nigerian
  • Closing Remarks by Maria Karapetyan | Member of the Armenian Parliament, R-IPL
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