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?
The 3rd Geneva Peace Week will be held from 7 to 11 November 2016 and is a collective action initiative facilitated by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform with the support of Switzerland. 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.
The full programme can be accessed here.
Geneva Peace Week 2016 has two programme tracks.
- Main Programme developed collaboratively between the United Nations Office at Geneva, the founding Partners of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, organizations hosted in the Maison de la Paix, and the University of Geneva.
- Programme of Side Events open for events organized by Permanent Missions, International Organizations, and non-governmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC.
UNOG and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform do not endorse any particular event of the Geneva Peace Week Programme. Geneva Peace Week events also do not necessarily reflect the views of UNOG, the Graduate Institute or the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform.