What's new in 2019?
GPW19 will implement several new features with the aim of enhancing participant and organizer experience. The innovations include the following:
1. Broader spectrum of how organizers can participate in GPW19: To reduce the number of panel events and to enhance the diversity of events, GPW19 offers two tracks to organizers:
- Event track: As in previous years, organizers can propose events, but there will be a stronger emphasis on the quality criteria mentioned below and streamlining into substantive clusters.
- Speaker track: New in 2019 is the possibility for organizations to suggest and sponsor a speaker within a specific thematic cluster.
2. Curation around three thematic clusters + an open programme: Rather than one single theme, GPW19 will focus event and speaker submissions in three thematic clusters in addition to an open programme for events outside the three clusters. These include:
- Global perspectives on peacebuilding: Much theory and practice of peacebuilding is rooted in the intellectual traditions and historical experiences of Euro-Atlantic societies. This cluster invites events on approaches to preventing and resolving violent conflict and building peace that are rooted in diverse traditions and know-how across the world.
- Building peace in Europe: This cluster examines the peacebuilding frontiers in Europe. It invites events on the peacebuilding implications of ongoing and escalating political and social conflicts on the European continent. Events should focus on how peacebuilding knowledge and practice could address and mitigate the rising tension and polarization in Europe.
- Multilateralism in transition: The state-centric system is experiencing change towards more interaction with other sectors. Trends suggest a greater focus on transnational connections and more interactive modes of working. This cluster invites events on the peacebuilding implications of UN reforms and on the growth of city and corporate diplomacy around peace and conflict issues, chronic urban violence and exclusion, or conflict dynamics in cyber space.
- Open programme: Event submissions that do not fall within the three focus clusters may be part of an open programme.
3. High-level segments: GPW19 encourages applicants to propose events involving Heads of State, Ministers, CEOs, Mayors, or speakers in other sectors at a comparable level.
4. Venues: GPW19 will include curated programme segments in the Maison de la Paix from 5 to 7 November. In general, event organizers are invited to make their own arrangements for venues once the event date and time has been confirmed by GPW19.
Geneva Peace Week is an inclusive and collaborative initiative welcoming event and speaker submissions involving the full spectrum of views and experiences on preventing and resolving violent conflict and building peace.
The event and speaker track for GPW19 applications are explained below. Applications on the event and speaker track are competitive.
Proposed events will be assessed according to the following criteria:
Quality criteria: Applications should
- Clearly describe the overall goal and the specific objectives of the event;
- Make the case for how the event adds value to at least one of the three GPW19 thematic clusters or in the open programme;
- Identify good practice and innovations that will be shared during the event;
- Assure diversity of speakers, with an emphasis on local level actors, women or youth and/or on speakers from different sectors or regions;
- Describe the event design with preference given to dynamic event formats that foster interaction, creative exchange and participation from the audience (proposed formats should consider the maximum time allocation of 75 minutes per event).
- Events should be organized by at least two actors, each representing a different institution.
- Event organizers accept responsibility for all aspects of the event, including travel assistance or visa support for speakers, and any interpretation costs.
- GPW19 registration will be centralized, but event organizers will be responsible for counting the number of participants in each of their events for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
- Communication and promotion of each event is the responsibility of each event organizer, in accordance with the Geneva Peace Week communications guidelines.
GPW19 will for the first time include a speaker track. This track solicits applications from organizations that are willing to sponsor courageous people that have found practical solutions to building peace and resolving conflict. Applicant organizations can become event partners should their suggested speaker be included in a specific event.
Proposed speakers will be assessed according to the following selection criteria.
Selection criteria: Speaker applications should
- Clearly describe why the organization proposes a specific speaker;
- Make the case for how the speaker adds value to at least one of the three GPW19 thematic clusters or in the open programme;
- Highlight how the speaker has found practical solutions to preventing or resolving violent conflict or building peace;
- Provide examples of previous speaking engagements (e.g. links to videos or speeches).
Applications must be made by the sponsoring organization that accepts responsibility for all aspects of the speaker’s participation in GPW19, including travel assistance or visa support, and interpretation costs (if applicable). GPW19 especially welcomes speakers from different sectors or regions, and local-level actors, women or youth.
- The deadline for event and speaker applications is Friday 14 June 2019, COB.
- Event applications must be submitted online, in adherence with the submission guidelines.
- Submission will be reviewed by a committee composed of representatives of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform and its five partner organizations.
- The selection process will be guided by the criteria mentioned above.
- The website of Geneva Peace Week is constantly updated to include the most recent information: http://www.genevapeaceweek.ch
Geneva Peace Week is not a political platform, and events or speakers are not allowed to serve the exclusive promotion of a specific organization. UNOG, the Graduate Institute, and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, as well as its five partner organizations, do not endorse any particular event or speaker during Geneva Peace Week. Geneva Peace Week events do not necessarily reflect the views of UNOG, the Graduate Institute or the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform and its five partners.