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Geneva Peace Week: 5 - 9 November 2018
Call for Event Submissions Deadline: 15 June 2018


Geneva Peace Week 2018 invites event submissions that connect to the overall theme Building Peace in a Turbulent World. This year, Geneva Peace Week emphasizes the urgency of finding peaceful solutions for the growing risks of violent conflict, building on the lessons from history and the needs for future peacebuilding practice.

Collective security and peace practice represent a rich tapestry of challenges and achievements, as well as devastating failures. Geneva Peace Week reflects on the lessons of a century of liberal internationalism in the service of peace and focuses on the roles that every person, actor and institution can play in building peace and resolving conflict. Awareness of the potentials and pitfalls of these roles is ever more important to build and sustain peace in a turbulent world and to broker the partnerships necessary to address them.

Event propositions should fall within at least one of the following guiding themes & questions:
  • Lessons for the future of peacebuilding: How can history inform current practice to confront contemporary challenges to peace? What is the cumulative contribution to peace of a century of liberal internationalism?
  • The future of multilateral peace governance: How do governments and international organizations need to adapt peace policy in a multipolar world?
  • The local voice in peacebuilding: What is peace for local actors? What are their views about how peace can be achieved in their own contexts? How can international actors support such local practice?
  • Towards new partnerships for building peace: What are the roles and functions of different actors and institutions in building peace? Who has what comparative advantage in building peace?

Geneva Peace Week is a collective action initiative facilitated by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform in collaboration the Swiss Confederation. 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, focused on the cross-cutting nature of peace.

Deadline for event submissions: 15 June 2018

Event submissions must be submitted online via an event submission form. Given the large number of responses expected, it will not be possible to process any submissions after the deadline. Complete submissions will be reviewed by the GPW facilitating organizations. Responses to organizers can be expected by mid-July 2018. Organizers should not make any event preparations before receiving a confirmation of their event.

Information for event organizers

All organizations interested in convening an event during Geneva Peace Week must submit an application taking note of the values, criteria, and conditions noted below.

Values of Geneva Peace Week

Geneva Peace Week underlines that each and every person, actor and institution has a role to play in building peace and resolving conflict. Geneva Peace Week therefore aims to bring together voices from a diversity of contexts and backgrounds to share experience and knowledge about resolving conflict and building peace.

Geneva Peace Week welcomes participation of institutions, actors and individuals from Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania. Events should reflect this geographic diversity and be gender-balanced.

Geneva Peace Week encourages a range of event formats, including interactive panels and debates, as well as other dynamic and creative formats that foster participation, exchange and networking. Event designs should balance the contributions from speakers and discussions with the audience (e.g. 50/50 or 60/40).

Application criteria

Events should be co-organized by at least two actors representing a different institution.

Events should focus on the overall theme of Geneva Peace Week 2018 and connect to at least one specific sub-theme or associated question.

Conditions for events during Geneva Peace Week

Each partnership of organizers is responsible for its own event, retains its own visibility and ownership of the event, manages the registration, and acknowledges and promotes the event as part of Geneva Peace Week.

Each organizer shall agree to promote their event as part of Geneva Peace Week and adhere to the communications guidelines.

Events are not allowed to serve the exclusive promotion of a specific organization. Geneva Peace Week is not a political platform.

Simultaneous interpretation costs are at the expense of the organizers
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Each event organizer shall complete a brief event survey and submit a 750-word summary of the event's main learning and outcomes by 23 November 2018
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UNOG, the Graduate Institute, and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform do not endorse any particular event during Geneva Peace Week. Geneva Peace Week events do not necessarily reflect the views of UNOG, the Graduate Institute or the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform.
UNOG, the Graduate Institute, and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform do not provide travel assistance or visa support.

Each approved event will be added to the full programme of Geneva Peace Week on www.genevapeaceweek.ch.

Parallel public events should not coincide with major Geneva Peace Week events (e.g. 5 Nov. 12.30-20.00; 6-8 Nov. 9.00-11.00). Primary venues for 5 & 6 November will be the Maison de la Paix, for 7 & 8 November the Palais des Nations

What is 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.

Geneva Peace Week is a collective action initiative facilitated by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform in collaboration the Swiss Confederation. 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, 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 is an attempt to break down the silos which all-too-often characterize the international community and can limit more creative responses.


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