Creating Safer Space at the United Nations

The Creating Safer Space exhibition will soon be on display inside the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The exhibition will be shown at the Delegates’ Entrance of the UN Headquarters from 29 April – 3 May. The official sponsor of the exhibition is the Permanent Mission of Colombia to the UN. Prof. Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Prof. Rachel Julian and Dr Nerve Macaspac will accompany the exhibition. They will seek to inform UN delegates, UN staff, and other interested stakeholders about Creating Safer Space research and the potential role of Unarmed Civilian Protection in the Protection of Civilians (PoC).

The travelling exhibition, which has previously been on show in Nairobi (Kenya), Bangkok (Thailand) and Aberystwyth (Wales), explores the unexpected power of nonviolence in the protection of civilians living in the midst of violence. The objects, images, and voices originate from a selection of 26 research projects funded by the Creating Safer Space network, which have been conducted in collaboration between academics, self-protecting communities and nonviolent civilian accompaniers. The exhibition draws on experiences from Cameroon, Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Palestine, the Philippines, South Sudan, and Thailand, where civilians are harnessing the power of nonviolence to create safer spaces and work towards alternative presents and futures.

Along with the exhibition, there will be a stand with publications and brochures from Creating Safer Space projects, including a series of new policy briefs specifically for the UN and its member states.

An exhibition event will be held on Tuesday 30 April for members of UN missions and other interested parties, with drinks, nibbles and introductory speeches.