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Media advisory

Press release - First day

Press release - Second day

Second day: 16:15 | Concluding Session

Closing statements: 

Mr. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal

Mr. Levent Gümrükçü, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey

Second day: 10:45 - 12:45 | Panel 4: The role and impact of film/visual media on coverage of the question of Palestine and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

This session will explore the role and impact of visual media – including film, video and photography – in shaping perceptions about the question of Palestine and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. From the award winning documentary ‘5 Broken Cameras’, to B’Tselem’s video camera distribution project, to the work of the ActiveStills collective, panellists will discuss visual media and the extent to which it has shed light on the situation in the Middle East and changed attitudes about it.   

Moderator: Ms. Deborah Seward, Director, Strategic Communications Division, United Nations Department of Public Information

Mr. Coşkun Aral, War correspondent and photojournalist - @Coskun_Aral

Ms. Shiraz Grinbaum, - @activestills

Ms. Nour Odeh, Media professional and communications consultant - @nour_odeh

Ms. Helen Yanovski, B’Tselem’s video camera distribution project

Second day: 9:00 - 10:30 | Panel 3: Youth activism, digital journalism and social media in the Middle East

Youth activism continues to be a driving force behind movements for peace, justice and democracy in Israel and Palestine, and across the Middle East. This panel will discuss how the acceleration in digital technologies and social media is affecting youth activism, and how the use of social media by youth activists has helped and/or hindered their causes.

Moderator: Mr. Ahmed Shihab Eldin, Producer and host, Huffington Post Live - @ASE

Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth - @ahmadalhendawi

Ms. Rana Nazzal Hamadeh, Youth activist, Palestine - @Zaytouni_Rana

Ms. Sahar Vardi, Peace activist, Israel - @SaharMvardi

Mr. Gökhan Yücel, Digital diplomacy expert and Lecturer at the Leadership, Politics and Diplomacy School of Bahçeşehir University - @goyucel

First day: 16:00 - 17:30 | Panel 2: Forgotten narratives: Palestinian refugees and the contemporary news agenda

With an uncertain peace process and military confrontations continuing to flare with regularity, the ‘battle of the narratives’ is raging as never before. This session will discuss important but too-often unreported aspects of the story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including the challenges faced by Palestinian refugees and internally-displaced persons, as well as how the portrayal of ‘the other’ in media and society can be a major barrier to peace efforts.

Moderator: Mr. Ufuk Ulutaş, Director, Foreign Policy Research, SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research - @ufukulutas

Mr. Joseph Dana, Correspondent, Monocle Magazine - @ibnezra

Ms. Nour Odeh, Media professional and communications consultant @nour_odeh

Mr. Ahmed Shihab Eldin, Producer and host, Huffington Post Live - @ASE​

First day: 14:15 - 15:45 | Panel 1: Shifting media coverage of the Middle East peace efforts and the question of Palestine

This session will discuss how narratives in media coverage might have shifted, especially in light of the major developments of the past 12 months. The issue will be tackled by experts representing different perspectives, and explore to what extent the changes might have an effect on the prospects for peace.

Moderator: Ambassador Lyutha Al-Mughairy, Chairperson of the Committee on Information and Permanent Representative of the Sultanate of Oman to the United Nations

Dr. Ghassan Khatib, Vice President for Advancement and Professor, Birzeit University - @Ghassankhatib

Mr. Ufuk Ulutaş, Director, Foreign Policy Research, SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research - @ufukulutas

Ms. Mairav Zonzein, Editor and writer +972; digital editor at - @MairavZ

First day: 11:15 - 12:15 | Dialogue: A historic 12 months for Palestine at the United Nations

Ambassador Riyad Mansour, Ambassador and Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations - @Palestine_UN

Moderator: Mr. Ahmed Shihab Eldin, Producer and host, Huffington Post Live - @ASE

First day: 10:00 - 11:00 | Keynote address and Q&A: The status of international peace efforts

Mr. Robert Serry, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority

ModeratorMr. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal