Celebration the 20th anniversary of the Slave Route project - Opening ceremony around the symbolic globe © UNESCO

The “Healing the Wounds of Slavery” programme is the fruit of a collaboration amongst several significant partners, including the UNESCO Slave Route Project, the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace, and the Berkley Centre at Georgetown University. As the programme develops, more partners will support this important initiative of our time.

UNESCO Slave Route Project

Launched in 1994, the UNESCO Slave Route Project pursues objectives including contributing to a better understanding of the causes, forms of operation, stakes and consequences of slavery in the world, highlighting the global transformations and cultural interactions that have resulted from this history, and encouraging a culture of peace by promoting reflection on cultural pluralism, intercultural dialogue and the construction of identities and citizenship.

Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace

The Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace (GHFP) was founded 25 years ago with the mission of nurturing the qualities necessary for peace and harmony in the world. It operates as a research institute, investigating areas of concern key to the advancement of our mission. The GHFP’s main areas of engagement include advancing positive peace and cultivating peaceful relationships globally; promoting deep dialogue, transforming conflicts in divided communities and healing the wounds of past violence; introducing holistic human well-being and supporting the development of dialogic governance that is humanising and well-being sensitive, and encouraging human-centred education in schools.

Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs

The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs seeks a more just and peaceful world by deepening knowledge and solving problems at the intersection of religion and global affairs through research, teaching, and engaging multiple publics. Two premises guide the center’s work: that a comprehensive examination of religion and norms is critical to address complex global challenges, and that the open engagement of religious and cultural traditions with one another can promote peace. To this end, the center engages students, scholars, policymakers, and practitioners in analysis of and dialogue on critical issues in order to increase the public understanding of religion.