In 2015, the United Nations and the International Court of Justice will both celebrate their 70th anniversary. In today’s increasingly interdependent world, global governance is more important than ever. Regional conflicts have the potential to affect economies and societies on the other side of the globe. Peace and justice are paramount if we are to create a world that is a better place to live for us all.
After a highly successful project in 2014, The Hague project Peace and Justice and Cartoon Movement are teaming up again to create a global debate about peace & justice that will involve editorial cartoonists and students from around the world.
For 2015-2016, we have chosen the theme my peace, your peace to reflect how we all depend on each other to create a sustainable peace. We have to understand each other’s perspective to build peace. Within this broad theme the project will focus on women and peace, peace and security and peaceful resolution of conflicts.
Embassies from around the world will take part. Ambassadors will be coupled to cartoonists to give guest lectures at schools and universities in several countries. Cartoonists will show the importance of their work, and ambassadors will talk about the relevance of peace and justice. After the guest lecture, the students get to work. We ask for their ideas about local solutions that can contribute to international justice. Students can submit their thoughts in the form of tweets, sketches, comments and photos, and our cartoonists will turn them into professional cartoons.
At the end of the summer 2015, the best ideas and cartoons that have come in so far will be selected for an exhibition at the Peace Palace in The Hague, in the week of September 21, 2015, the International Day of Peace. To be included in this exhibition, the deadline for submissions is September 1, 2015. After the exhibition the project will continue, with a final deadline ofSeptember 1, 2016. The project will end with a major exhibition featuring the best ideas and cartoons during the Just Peace festival in The Hague in September 2016.