• SDG16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions → the Peace Palace!

    November 15, 2018

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations that came into effect in January 2016, are the most important goals that the world should work on for the future. These goals are the successor of the Millennium Goals. In the Sustainable Development Goals, the promotion of just, peaceful and inclusive societies was included a an essential goal for the future for the first time. This is SDG16. It is a goal that matches the ideal with which the Peace Palace was founded well! The Carnegie Foundation – Peace Palace signed the SDG Charter in September 2017. A year later, on 24 September 2018, the Peace Palace was appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands as official ‘SDG 16 House’, the first of its kind in the world.

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  • Concert To End All Wars, Vredespaleis en Doorn, 10 en 11 november 2018

    November 2, 2018

    In een uniek concert bundelen het Montiverdi Kamerkoor Utrecht en de Konrad Koselleck Big Band hun krachten om het einde van de Eerste Wereldoorlog te herdenken. Indringende koormuziek uit die tijd van componisten als Elgar en Ravel ontmoet de vroegere Jazzbandmuziek, nieuwe composities wisselen af met oorlogsklassiekers.

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  • Conferentie 100 Jaar Vrede Organiseren 1918-2018, Vredespaleis, Den Haag

    October 31, 2018

    Op 10 november vindt de interdisciplinaire conferentie ‘100 Jaar Vrede Organiseren, 1918-2018’ plaats. Als aanvullend programma worden er twee concerten georganiseerd in het Vredespaleis en in de Maartenskerk, Doorn.

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  • Carnegie PeaceBuilding Conversations, 24-26 September 2018

    September 24, 2018

    A 3 day programme presented by Carnegie institutions Worldwide and other partners at The Peace Palace, The Hague, the Netherlands.

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  • Legislating Peace: From the Outlawry of War to the Crime of Aggression, 3-4 July 2018

    June 27, 2018

    Dialogue and Speeches. Venue: Peace Palace Library and the Nieuwe Kerk, Delft
    Legislating Peace

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  • Raising the Peace Flag

    June 20, 2017

    On Wednesday, 21 June 2017 at 1:30 pm, the Pro Concordia Labor Flag will be raised at the Visitor’s Centre of the Peace Palace to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the death of Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914). To attend this event registration is required. Please register by sending an email to

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  • Mr. Andrew Carnegie’s ♫ Peace March ♫

    May 30, 2017

    A long-lost march by the Dutch composer J.J.H. van Rosmalen has been rediscovered here at the Library, a century after its creation in 1914. The two-page score is a short festive march in honour of Andrew Carnegie, steel magnate and philantropist. The Peace Palace, officially opened on 28 August 1913, was built with his extraordinary gift of 1,500,00 million dollars.

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  • The Declaration of Christmas Peace

    December 21, 2016

    A Declaration of Christmas Peace is announced in several Finnish cities on Christmas Eve. The oldest and most popular event is held at noon at the Old Great Square of the former Finnish capital Turku, where the declaration has been read since the 1320s. The Declaration of Christmas Peace is a tradition which launches the Christmas celebrations and in a way marks the official start of Christmas. The exact wording used during the first few centuries of the tradition has been lost over time, but the main contents of the declaration remain the same: the declaration is read out loud to remind people that Christmas Peace has begun, to advise people to spend the festive period in harmony, to threaten offenders with harsh punishments, and to wish all a merry Christmas!

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  • Publication on Johan Wateler, Peace Philanthropist and Founder of the Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize

    December 21, 2016

    At the height of the First World War, in 1916, the Dutch banker Johan Wateler wrote his last will in which he decided to allocate his fortune for a peace prize, the current Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize. This prestigious prize is awarded every year at the Peace Palace in The Hague. This publication offers the first biography of the relatively anonymous Dutchman who followed in the footsteps of great peace philanthropists as Alfred Nobel. Johan Watelers motives for establishing a peace prize are discussed by following his career as a pioneer of social credit banks under the patronage of Princess Sophie of Orange-Nassau. And by looking at his personal interests for theatre and poetry. The gift of November 16, 1916 remains an inspiring example of philanthropy as a ‘credit for peace’ in times of war and crisis.

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  • Sigrid Kaag awarded Peace Prize

    December 6, 2016

    Ms. Sigrid Kaag, top diplomat who successfully led the OPCW-UN joint mission on the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons, received the Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize on 16 November 2016. The Carnegie Foundation, which owns and manages the Peace Palace, has awarded this peace prize to Ms. Kaag for her successful efforts in accomplishing sensitive and dangerous missions in the Middle-East.

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