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Lecture: “Monitoring Democracy in the Context of Instability” by Caecilia van Peski

20-06-2016 at 20:00 - 21:30

For this last intellectual activity of the year we are very pleased to welcome Caecilia van Peski, from SIB’s Board of Recommendation, to elaborate on democracy. She will speak about elections in general and how they are assessed if they fit national and international rules and standards: the concept of election monitoring. She will use the example of recent developments in Ukraine and will offer us an exclusive insight on the mandate that the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has and what the OSCE does to reduce tension in East Ukraine.

Caecilia van Peski received international recognition for her work on promoting fundamental human rights of people living in regions of conflict and war and she is regarded as being among the most influential women of her generation in the Netherlands. She held various position in many international organizations and is also in SIB’s Board of Recommendation. Back in 2010 Caecilia van Peski was appointed by Maxime Verhagen, then Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, as United Nations Women’s Representative and in this position she addressed the 65th UN General Assembly in New York with her statement ‘Deepening Democracy’. She also worked as a seconded EU diplomat through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, her work revolves around human rights and humanitarian assistance within the Republic of Georgia, namely, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Later she was appointed as Team Leader Human Rights within the European Union Monitoring Mission to Georgia (EUMM), the focus of her work is now more related to stabilization, confidence building and post-conflict reconstruction. In 2011, Van Peski joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in The Hague. She takes on the position of Senior Policy Officer Democratization and Good Governance. Furthermore, Caecilia contributed substantially to the training of International Election Observers, including Members of Dutch Parliament and European Parliament. She now is an international visiting professor and for the past two years she contributed to reducing tension, fostering stability and the building of security in Ukraine, since she was among the first OSCE responders in Donbas.

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20:00 - 21:30
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Juul Oosterhuis, Commissioner for Intellectual Activities


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