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.
Geneva Peace Week 2019
Geneva Peace Week 2019 (GPW19) aims to enhance the experience for event partners and participants based on the findings of a scoping study commissioned by the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform and supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The study’s objectives were to inform the decision making about the development of Geneva Peace Week and to identify practical solutions to advance Geneva Peace Week in the years ahead. The study’s key recommendations were:
Fewer events: The number of events should be reduced with an ideal figure of around 40 events (compared with 66 in 2018). Fewer events will require a more rigorous selection process and clearly defined criteria for selection.
Single venue: A single venue for Geneva Peace Week can increase the brand awareness, simplify registration and access procedures and facilitate networking.
Programming: Programmes and initiatives in the broader peacebuilding field should be better connected to Geneva Peace Week. The Geneva Peacebuilding Platform could also develop dedicated programming for Geneva Peace Week.
Position GPW as a collective space to advance peacebuilding: In order to develop a more global perspective on peacebuilding, Geneva Peace Week is an opportunity to better understand peacebuilding traditions and know-how in different regions.
Better networking: To enhance participant experience, GPW should expand networking opportunities both through networking events or the development of a dedicated GPW networking or conference management app.
These recommendations will serve to guide the evolution of GPW in the coming years.