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H.E. Ms. Alice Wairimu Nderitu

Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, United Nations Office of Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 10 November 2020 the appointment of Alice Wairimu Nderitu of Kenya as Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. She succeeds Adama Dieng of Senegal, to whom the Secretary-General has expressed deep gratitude for his dedicated leadership and achievements. The Secretary-General also wishes to extend his appreciation to Navamanee Ratna (Pramila) Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, who has been serving as Acting Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.

Ms. Nderitu has been a recognized voice in the field of peacebuilding and violence prevention, having led as mediator and senior adviser in reconciliation processes among communities in her country, Kenya, as well as in other African settings. She served as Commissioner of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission in Kenya (2009-2013) as well as Founding Member and co-Chair of the Uwiano Platform for Peace, a prevention agency linking early warning to early response in Kenya. She is also the founder of Community Voices for Peace and Pluralism, a network of African women professionals preventing, transforming and solving violent, ethnic, racial and religious conflicts worldwide.

Ms. Nderitu’s national experience includes serving as Director, Education for Social Justice at Fahamu (2007-2009), Head of Human Rights Education and Capacity-Building Programme for the Kenya National Human Rights Commission and its predecessor body the Standing Committee on Human Rights (1999-2007) as well as Researcher and Administrator, Kenya Prisons Services, Ministry of Home Affairs (1992-1999). She serves as Member of the Kenya National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and all Forms of Discrimination, the African Union’s Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation (Fem-Wise), and the Women Waging Peace Network.

Ms. Nderitu holds a Master of Armed Conflict and Peace Studies (2013) and a Bachelor of Arts, Literature and Philosophy (1990) from the University of Nairobi. She is a Transitional Justice Fellow, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in South Africa. She is widely published and is the recipient of awards recognizing her commitment to peaceful resolution of conflicts throughout Africa and innovative approach to mediation.

Monday, 4.10.2021 13:30
Opening Ceremony Main Hall

Prof. Azza Karam, Secretary General, Religions for Peace


Welcome Remarks by Religions for Peace Co-Moderators and Youth Representative

Dr. Vinu Aram, Director, Shanti Ashram; Co-Moderator, Religions for Peace
Rev. Kosho Niwano, President-Designate, Rissho Kosei-Kai; Co-Moderator, Religions for Peace
Ms. Lyka Mtambo, Youth Representative, Public Affairs Committee; Member, International Youth Committee


Welcome Remarks by German Host Country Representative

Ms. Anna-Nicole Heinrich, President of the Synode of the Protestant Church
Bishop Dr. Bertram Meier, Bishop of Augsburg


Keynote Speeches

HRH Prince EL Hassan Bin Talal, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies; Honorary President, Religions for Peace
H.E. Ms. Alice Wairimu Nderitu, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, United Nations Office of Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect
H.E. Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth
H.E. Mr. Nasreldin Mofreh, Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, Sudan
H.E. Ms. Uzra Zeya, Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, U.S. Department of State
H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al-Mamari, Under Secretary for the Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs, Sultanate of Oman
Dr. Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, Minister of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Ms. Ana-Maria Daou, Head of the Research and Courses’ Unit, Adyan Foundation; Deputy Coordinator, Religions for Peace International Youth Committee (Lebanon)



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