On 18 December 2019, the Round Table Discussion on “Fundamental Rights, Values and Diversity: Conflicts and Examples” was successfully organized by the Jean Monnet Project EUVadis in collaboration with UNESCO’s Chair on Intercultural Policy and UNESCO’s Chair on Women, Peace, and Security. Among the speakers, the Director of the Chair Fotini Bellou spoke about “Women, Peace, and Security: The Missing Link”.
On November 13, 2019, the UNESCO Chair “Women, Peace, and Security: Building Opportunities and Resilience through Education and Research” organized a conference titled “Women, Peace, and Security: A Policy Agenda for Implementation”. In view of the 19th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325/2000 and due to the preparation of the National Action Plan for its implementation by the Greek state, the conference discussed examples of other countries as well as areas of national and international policy that will be affected. The keynote speaker of the event was H.E. Ambassador Mark Allen, Ambassador of Canada to Greece. The event was coordinated by the Director, Assistant Professor of the Department of International and European Studies of the University of Macedonia, Mrs. Fotini Bellou.
On June 20-22, 2019, the UNESCO Chair for Women, Peace, and Security organized its first High-Level International Conference entitled “Contemporary Perspectives on the Implementation of Women, Peace and Security Policy Agenda”. The Conference aimed to critically evaluate the policies that are being promoted today concerning the global policy agenda “Women, Peace, and Security”. The majority of International Organizations, as well as a large number of states, are implementing institutional or national action plans adapting their policies to promote greater and more effective and equitable participation of men and women in governance, peacebuilding after armed conflict, as well as in the processes of peacebuilding and building resilient societies. In this logic, the three-day Conference of the Chair hosted specialists and experts from international regional organizations, as well as representatives of governmental and non-governmental bodies and academics from Greece, Cyprus and the rest of Europe, to record internationally recognized good practices for the preparation and the implementation of the National Action Plans.
The UNESCO Chair on Women, Peace, and Security organized the International Conference “The Protection of Cultural Heritage: The Role of UNESCO and the European Union and the Importance of European Organizations” in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair “Intercultural Policy for an Active Citizenship and Solidarity” of the University of Macedonia, the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and the Law School of the Democritus University of Thrace. The conference took place on March 15, 2019, at the Ceremonial Amphitheater of the University of Macedonia under the auspices of the Department of International and European Studies and the Senate of the University of Macedonia and the Greek National Committee of UNESCO. Academics, researchers, and experts from Greece and abroad talked about international conventions, legislation, practices related to the protection of cultural heritage both during the armed conflicts and during the peaceful period.