The past 1st June 2023 the book “The Shimon Peres Legacy of peace through Fourteen historical speeches” was launched in UN Geneva. This book embodies the first joint endeavor between the Reichman University and the University for Peace – the first of many, we hope. The book was co-edited by David Fernandez Puyana (Ambassador & Permament Observer of UPEACE to the UN) and Daphné Richemond-Barak (Assistant Professor at Reichman University).
Leading scholars, high-level diplomats, UN officials, and distinguished academics agreed to share their memories and thoughts on the work of Shimon Peres. By doing so, they contributed to the education of the world’s new generation of thinkers and practitioners, as well, participated in the 100 Anniversary of the Peres’ birth.
The first part of the book brings together their contributions and reflections on Shimon Peres and his legacy in the field of peace.
There are contributions of Miguel Angel Moratinos (High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations), Francisco Rojas Aravena (Rector of UPEACE), Federico Mayor Zaragoza (Former DG of UNESCO), Chemi Peres (Chairman of the Peres Center on Peace and Innovation), Nadav Tamir (senior diplomatic adviser of Shimon Peres), Alexandros Papaioannou (Ambassador of Greece), Alex Mejia (UNITAR), Meirav Eilon (Ambassador of Israel to UN), Eitan Na’eh (Ambassador of Israel in Bahrain), Annyssa Bellal (Geneva Peacebuilding Platform), and many others.
The second part of the book compiles a selection of fourteen historical speeches delivered by Shimon Peres during his long career. These statements were selected by the Shimon Peres Center.
As a whole, this book connects the past to the future, in the hope of a better present.
Our most sincere gratitude to the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, the World Jewish Congress and the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation for their invaluable friendship and partnership along the way. Also our gratitude goes to UNITAR for the technical support, in particular Daniel Nazarov. This project would not have seen the light without the participation of the permanent missions of Israel and Greece in Geneva who kindly agreed to share with all of us how the work of Shimon Peres has made and continues to make the world a safer and more inspiring place.
University of Peace and Reichman University share the most sincere hope that we all shall live by Shimon Peres’ vision, words, wisdom, creativity, and constant search for peace.