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Geneva Peace Week: 6 - 11 November 2017

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Call for event submissions, before Thursday, 15 June 2017

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 in Geneva and beyond.

Geneva Peace Week 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 in collaboration with the Swiss Confederation. By synchronizing events on different topics related to the promotion of peace during one week, Geneva Peace Week attempts to maximize 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 breaks down the silos which all-too-often characterize the international community in order to enable more creative responses to conflict and peace.

Geneva Peace Week 2017 – Prevention Across Sectors and Institutions

Geneva Peace Week 2017 will for the first time focus on a dedicated theme: Prevention Across Sectors and Institutions: What Pathways for Effective Implementation? The theme builds on the prioritization of prevention by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. In his address to Members of the UN Security Council on 10 January 2017, he said that “Prevention is not merely a priority, but the priority. If we live up to our responsibilities, we will save lives, reduce suffering and give hope to millions.” Given the multitude of prevention activities at multilateral, national, and sub-national level in 2017, Geneva Peace Week is an opportunity to take stock about the progress towards solutions for the prevention of violent conflicts and to look into the future of prevention practice jointly with representatives of multiple sectors and institutions that work in this field.

Geneva Peace Week invites event submissions that connect to the overall theme Prevention Across Sectors and Institutions: What Pathways for Effective Implementation? Specifically, events should fall within at least one of the following thematic or regional categories.


    1. The prevention of inter-state and civil wars
    2. Armed violence prevention and reduction
    3. Urban safety and crime prevention
    4. Public health approaches to violence prevention
    5. The future of prevention

    6. Prevention in the Americas
    7. Prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa
    8. Prevention in the North Africa & the Middle East
    9. Prevention in Europe
    10. Prevention in the Asia-Pacific Region

Geneva Peace Week: Principles and criteria
  • Each organization organizes its own events, retains its own visibility and ownership of the event, manages the registration and acknowledges and promotes the event as part of Geneva Peace Week.
  • Events should focus on the overall themes of Geneva Peace Week 2017 and connect to at least one of the specific themes or regions.
  • Events should be co-organized by at least two actors representing a different sector or intuitions. Events are not allowed to serve the exclusive promotion of a specific organization. Geneva Peace Week is not a political platform.
  • All organizations wishing to organize an event must submit an application to Geneva Peace Week. 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:
  1. Monday 6 November, 12.30-18.00 Annual Meeting of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform
  2. Monday, 6 November, 19.00-21.00 – Opening of Geneva Peace Week
  • UNOG, the Graduate Institute, and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform do not endorse any particular event during Geneva Peace Week. Geneva Peace Week events also do not necessarily reflect the views of UNOG, the Graduate Institute or the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform.

Submission process for event propositions can be found on the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform website.