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Geneva Peace Week 2015


On the occasion of Geneva Peace Week, the Jet d'Eau will be illuminated in blue on Monday 16 November from sunset until approximately 23:30 (Photo credits: Francois Wavre / Lundi 13 for Interpeace)

Download the final programme below!

Geneva Peace Week 2015 - Final Programme.pdf

Key points

  • 5 days, 41 events, 165 speakers, 50 institutions.
  • Geneva Peace Week highlights that each and every person, actor and institution has a role to play in building peace. It also highlights the importance of working outside the silos that all-too-often characterize the international community to enable more creative responses in a variety of contexts.
  • Events focus on substantive and original contributions about building peace and resolving conflict. Each event is owned by its respective organizers.
  • Participants to Geneva Peace Week must follow the registration procedure of each event noted in the detailed event descriptions.
  • Geneva Peace Week is a collective action initiative facilitated by the United Nations Office at Geneva and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform.

Why Geneva Peace Week?

Geneva is home to a large number of international organizations, including more than 40 United Nations entities, a thriving community of non-governmental organizations and renowned academic and research institutions. 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 dialogue about building peace and resolving conflict.

What is Geneva Peace Week?

By synchronizing meetings on different topics related to the promotion of peace during one week, Geneva Peace Week maximizes synergies between organizations in Geneva, focused on the cross-cutting nature of peace. Geneva Peace Week underlines that each and every person, actor and institution has a role to play in building peace and resolving conflict. It also highlights that peace promotion occurs in many different contexts and cuts across disciplines and sectors. In this sense, Geneva Peace Week highlights the importance of working outside the silos that all-too-often characterize the international community to enable more creative responses.


Geneva Peace Week 2015 is the umbrella for 41 events organized by 50 institutions. All events resulted from a public call for submissions of events to contribute in two programme tracks. The Main Programme has been developed collaboratively between UNOG, the founding partners of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform (CCDP, GCSP, Interpeace, QUNO), organizations hosted in the Maison de la Paix, and the University of Geneva.  The Side Events Programme reflects events organized by Permanent Missions, International Organizations, and non-governmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC. Overall, Geneva Peace Week has encouraged event partnerships across institutions and sectors.


Main Programme

Monday, 16 November 2015

  • 09:00-11:00, WIPO     Launch of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace (FDFA, GWH)      
  • 12:30-14:00, MdP       Promoting Peaceful and Inclusive Societies: Practices that Count (SAS, IPU, DCAF, IPTI)
  • 17:30 (approx.)         On the occasion of Geneva Peace Week, the Jet d'Eau will be illuminated in blue from around 17.30 to 23.15 (weather permitting).

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

  • 10:10-12:00, IPU         The Existential Threat of Climate Change and Nuclear Weapons: The Marshall Islands Experience and Action in the International Court Of Justice (WFC, BPO, RLAF)
  • 12:15-13:30, MdP       Future Prospects for the Arms Trade Treaty: The Secretariat, Treaty Implementation And Beyond (CCDP, GCSP, UNIDIR, SAS)
  • 13:30-15:00, PdN        Mining Communities in Post-Conflict Settings: New Challenges and Opportunities for Peacebuilding (GCSP, FES)
  • 15:00-17:00, PdN        Natural Resources and Conflict: A Mediated Solution (UNEP, UNDPA, UNOG)

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

  • 11:30-13:30, MdP       Barn Owls Know No Boundaries: The Role of Biodiversity in Peace Processes (GCSP, IHEID, UNIL)
  • 12:00-14:00, WMO     Applying Information and Communication Technologies to Peacebuilding: Experiences from the Maison de la Paix (DCAF, IHEID, GICHD)
  • 12:00-14:00, MdP       Geneva Reflections on the Global Study on Women, Peace and Security (GDH)
  • 12:30-14:00, PdN        The Evolution of the Role of International Organizations in the Maintenance of Peace and Security on the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations (UNOG, UNIGE)
  • 14.30-15.30, MdP       Tackling Insecurity in the City: Key Issues for HABITAT III (UNOG, GPP, UNECE)
  • 15.30-17.00, MdP      Can Elections Build Lasting Peace? (KAF)
  • 18:00-19:30, MdP       Mediating Complexity and Inclusion in Current Peace Processes (IPTI, CHD)
  • 18:30-21:00, MdP      Cine-Onu: The Day After Peace (UNOG, IHEID)

Thursday, 19 November 2015

  • 09:00-12:00, CB          How Can Neurobiology and Affective Sciences Contribute to Conflict Resolution? (SCAS-UNIGE)
  • 10:00-11:30, PdN        Conflict Sensitivity in Business: Experiences from China and Southeast Asia (QUNO, AFSC, PNF)
  • 10:30-12:00, WMO     Contemporary Challenges to Peace in Security in Cyberspace (DCAF)
  • 10:30-12:00, MdP       A Fragility Compass to Orient Employment and Decent Work Projects (CCDP, ILO)
  • 11:00-13:00, PdN        Implementing the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in the Geneva Context: A Focus on Prevention (Permanent Missions of Australia, Ghana, Hungary, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uruguay, iHEID, GCR2P)
  • 12:30-14:00, MdP       Geneva Launch of the 2015 Global Terrorism Index Report (GCSP, IEP)
  • 12:30-13:30, MdP      After Mosul: What is ISIS up to? (IHEID)
  • 15:00-17:00, PdN       Entrepreneurship for Peace (UNCTAD, GPP, UNOG, ITU)
  • 18:15-20:00, MdP      Torture and Repression in the Arab World (CCDP, IHEID)

Friday, 20 November 2015

  • 8.30-16.00, MdP        Annual Meeting of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform: Building Peace 2030: Facing a New Strategic Landscape of Conflict
  • 14.15-16.15, MdP      Closing panel of Geneva Peace Week 2015: Building Peace 2030 - Getting ready to face future conflict trends
  • 16.00-16.15,MdP       Closing remarks
  • 16.15-17.15. MdP      Reception

Thursday, 26 November 2015

  • 18.30, AdE                  Les Manuscrits de Tombouctou: Table Ronde (UNIGE)

Side events

Monday, 16 November 2015

  • 13:00, PdN                 Launch event of the exhibition ‘What Does Peace Look Like?’ (UNESCO, Austria, AFPA)
  • 18:00, PdN                 Launch event of the exhibition ‘A Time to Forgive’ (IOM)

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

  • 18:30-21:00, CI          Launch of the Geneva Science-Policy Platform Climate Change and the Future of European Security: A Dinner Debate (UNIGE, UNEP)

Thursday, 19 November 2015

  • 12:00-13:30, PdN       Women, Peace and Security (Gazeteciler ve Yazarlar Vakfi – The Journalists and Writers Foundation)   
  • 14:00-15:30, PdN       La Mise en Oeuvre Pour une Paix Durable (OCAPROCE)
  • 16:00-17:30, PdN       World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse (WWSF)

Friday, 20 November 2015

  • 10:00-11:30, PdN       Arab World and Humanitarian Aid: Between Challenges and Opportunities (UTANSC)
  • 14:00-15:30, PdN       Peace through Constitutions (CGNK)
  • 16:00-17:30, PdN       Religion and Peacebuilding (AMI)


  • Les Manuscripts de Tombouctou, 16-20 November 2015, 09:00-18:00, UD (UNIGE and OIF)
  • A Time to Forgive, 16-20 November 2015, and PdN and 16-28 November 2015, UNI Bastion (IOM)
  • What Does Peace Look Like?, 16-20 November 2015, PdN (UNESCO, Austria, AFPA)


  • Enhancing Leadership for Peacebuilding – 7th Senior Level Peacebuilding Course, 16-20 November 2016 (GCSP, IP, FDFA, UNITAR)
  • Resolving Land and Natural Resources Conflict in Peacebuilding, 18 November 2015, 09:00-16:00 (UNEP, IOM, UNEP, UNDPA, SP)