On 8 and 9 June 2018, the 175th year of the birth of Bertha von Suttner was celebrated with a two-day conference in The Hague, the city of Peace and Justice. Bertha von Suttner was the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905 for her relentless work on peace and justice.
Speakers from many countries shared their visions of peace and how international law and its institutions help to make the world a safer place. Special emphasis was placed on the role of Bertha von Suttner, whose work as a writer and activist had a significant influence on the institutionalisation of international law at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.
The former Austrian president Heinz Fischer held a speech that linked the work on peace and an interconnected world, that Bertha von Suttner strived for all her life, with the upcoming EU presidency of Austria in July 2018.
A sculpture to celebrate the 175th year of Ms Von Suttner was also unveiled at the event. This sculpture will be placed in the Bertha von Suttner building in The Hague, the Netherlands. It was sculpted by the Albanian artist Agon Qosa and funded by the Republic of Chameria president Festim Lato. It depicts a youthful Bertha von Suttner.
President Festim Lato is a great proponent of peace through justice and believes that the institutions in The Hague, like the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration, can support an environment that promotes the self-determination of the Republic of Chameria and its citizens. It was therefore an honor for him to fund the sculpture of Bertha von Suttner.
For more information about Bertha von Suttner and the conference please visit the following website: https://www.peace-institute.com/