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Geneva Peace Week


About Geneva Peace Week

Geneva is a global hub for governance and international cooperation. It hosts 37 international organizations, a thriving community of non-governmental organizations and renowned academic and research institutions. It is also a diplomatic center with near universal representation of states. Together, all these actors work for peace, rights and well-being, touching the lives of individuals across the world. Geneva Peace Week offers an opportunity to connect and highlight the work of these actors and to expand the space for building peace and resolving conflict through dialogue and negotiation.

Geneva Peace Week emphasizes that each and every person, actor and institution has a role to play in building peace and resolving conflict. It recognizes that peacebuilding occurs in many different contexts and cuts across disciplines and sectors. In this sense, Geneva Peace Week breaks down professional silos in order to enable creative responses to violence, exclusion and insecurity.

By synchronizing meetings and events on different topics related to the promotion of peace during one week, Geneva Peace Week maximizes synergies between organizations in Geneva and their international partners, focusing on the cross-cutting nature of peace.

Geneva Peace Week is a flagship initiative of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform in collaboration with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), and the Platform’s five partners – the Graduate Institute’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP); the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF); the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP); Interpeace; and the Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva (QUNO). Geneva Peace Week is also supported by Switzerland.

Piloted in 2014, Geneva Peace Week has grown from a small handful of 10 events with 9 event organizers and approximately 500 participants to 65 events with 120 event partners and 5'000 participants in 2018.

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Geneva Peace Week 2019

GPW19 will implement several new features with the aim of enhancing participant and organizer experience. The innovations include the following:

1. Broader spectrum of how organizers can participate in GPW19: To reduce the number of panel events and to enhance the diversity of events, GPW19 offers two tracks to organizers:

  • Event track: As in previous years, organizers can propose events, but there will be a stronger emphasis on the quality criteria mentioned below and streamlining into substantive clusters.
  • Speaker track: New in 2019 is the possibility for organizations to suggest and sponsor a speaker within a specific thematic cluster.

2. Curation around three thematic clusters + an open programme: Rather than one single theme, GPW19 will focus event and speaker submissions in three thematic clusters in addition to an open programme for events outside the three clusters. These include:

  • Global perspectives on peacebuilding: Much theory and practice of peacebuilding is rooted in the intellectual traditions and historical experiences of Euro-Atlantic societies. This cluster invites events on approaches to preventing and resolving violent conflict and building peace that are rooted in diverse traditions and know-how across the world.
  • Building peace in Europe: This cluster examines the peacebuilding frontiers in Europe. It invites events on the peacebuilding implications of ongoing and escalating political and social conflicts on the European continent. Events should focus on how peacebuilding knowledge and practice could address and mitigate the rising tension and polarization in Europe.  
  • Multilateralism in transition: The state-centric system is experiencing change towards more interaction with other sectors. Trends suggest a greater focus on transnational connections and more interactive modes of working. This cluster invites events on the peacebuilding implications of UN reforms and on the growth of city and corporate diplomacy around peace and conflict issues, chronic urban violence and exclusion, or conflict dynamics in cyber space.
  • Open programme: Event submissions that do not fall within the three focus clusters may be part of an open programme.

3. High-level segments: GPW19 encourages applicants to propose events involving Heads of State, Ministers, CEOs, Mayors, or speakers in other sectors at a comparable level.


Programme Archive

The detailed programmes of previous Geneva Peace Week events are available below.

Geneva Peace Week 2018 - Building Peace in a Turbulent World

65 Events

120 Event Partners

253 Speakers

Geneva Peace Week 2017

50 events
100 event partners
150 speakers

5'000 participants

Geneva Peace Week 2017 Programme

Geneva Peace Week 2017 Report

Geneva Peace Week 2016

52 events
56 event partners
150 speakers

2'377 participants

Geneva Peace Week 2016 Programme

Geneva Peace Week 2015

41 events
145 speakers
50 event partners

2'780 participants

Geneva Peace Week 2015 Programme

Geneva Peace Week 2014

8 events
15 speakers
9 event partners

500 participants

Geneva Peace Week 2014 Programme