UPEACE The Hague Lecture Series 'Peacebuilding in Progress'

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UPEACE The Hague Lecture Series “Peacebuilding in Progress”

Lecture nr. 2: Prof. Jan Pronk, Chair in the Theory and Practice of International Development at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, will deliver a speech on:

"Conflict Prevention and Fragile States", Boots, Brains, Hearts & Minds: Lessons from Experience.

– By invitation only –

Time:     Tuesday 27 May 2014, 17.00-19.00 hrs.

Venue:  Peace Palace, Academy Building, Seminar Room

Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ The Hague

About JAN PRONK (1940)

Professor Pronk studied economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and became research assistant of Professor Jan Tinbergen at the same university.

In the seventies he became Member of Parliament for the Social-Democratic Party (Partij van de Arbeid) and worked as Minister for Development Cooperation (1973-1977 and 1989-1998) and later as Minister of Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (1998-2002). In 2002, he received an Honourable Degree at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague and was appointed Chair in the Theory and Practice of International Development.

From 2004 until the end of 2006 he worked in Khartoum, Sudan as the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in this country, where he led the UN peacekeeping operation (UNMIS).

In 2007 he returned to the Netherlands and resumed his position at the ISS. Since his retirement in 2012 he is a Professor Emeritus at the Institute and gives lectures at various universities. As of 2009 he is a visiting Professor at the UN Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.


Doors open:        16.30 hrs

Lecture:               17.00-17.40 hrs

Q & A:                  17.40-18.20 hrs

Drinks:                18.20-19.00 hrs

If you wish to receive an invitation for the lecture, please send an e-mail to info@upeace.nl before 20 May.

The number of seats available is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participation is € 10 but for students there is a reduced fee of € 5.


This lecture is # 2 of a new Lecture Series on “Peacebuilding in Progress”.

The first lecture was held by Ms Judy Cheng-Hopkins, 7 March 2014, on "Peacebuilding: What, Why and How?"

The next lecture is scheduled for 3 July 2014.


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