International Peace Bureau: Peace and Human Rights Archive on Offer

A message from Colin Archer
Former Secretary General, International Peace Bureau

I am the recently-retired Secretary-General of the International Peace Bureau, IPB, currently living in Leeds, UK. I occupied the position for 27 years, beginning in 1990, working at the headquarters in Geneva. I am now tasked with finding a suitable home for a substantial collection of archives relating mostly to that period.

The IPB is the oldest of the international NGO peace federations, with a long-standing presence in Geneva (since 1924). It was founded in Berne in 1891 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1910. Over the years 13 of the IPB’s leaders also received the Prize – a unique total. The organisation has worked on a multiplicity of peace-related themes.

The collection consists of around 350 box-files. It is currently stored in Geneva, but could be housed anywhere in the world.

The content features material about and from a wide range of conflict zones on all continents, as well as human rights documentation. There are thematic files as well as geographical ones, with a variety of types of literature. There are also runs of around 40 periodicals. IPB’s core organisational documentation and programme areas are already housed elsewhere. The material in this particular collection would suit an institution whose centers of interest include conflicts, human rights, and/or the role of NGOs worldwide.

“You have a rich archive for scientific research on human rights at the end of the 20th century through the organization of the International Peace Bureau.” -Paule Hochuli Dubuis, Assistante conservatrice, Bibliothèque de Genève

We are willing to offer this material (preferably as a whole) as a donation to a suitable institution. However we have no budget for archival work. IPB runs a fairly large global network (300+ member organisations in 70 countries) but has only a handful of staff and very limited income. Although the headquarters recently moved to Berlin, we retain an office space in Geneva.

I look forward to responses, and of course would be happy to answer any questions. I can be reached at

Colin Archer

IPB Statement – INF Treaty

IPB calls for: Defending the INF Treaty

President Trump’s announcement that he plans to withdraw the United States from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty marks a dangerous escalation on the path to creating a 21st century U.S.-Russian Cold War. It again demonstrates that ignorance, the will and need to dominate others and the news cycle, and nuclear weapons make an extremely dangerous cocktail for renewed and extremely dangerous arms racing that endangers human survival.

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Mouvement de la Paix – Peace March 14th of October

On the 7th of July 2017 the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) was adopted and opened for signature at United Nations headquarters in New York on 20 September 2017. France is not one of the signatures and therefore Le Mouvement de la Paix, in order to raise awareness and protest this situation, has called for another peace event on the 14th of October 2018.

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Statement by Fredrik S.Heffermehl: Nobel´s Peace Prize? Yes … and no

by Fredrik S. Heffermehl

Many see the 2019 Nobel for peace as a humanitarian prize and thus not within Nobel’s intention, but the committee’s announcement does characterize sexual violence as a weapon of war and praises efforts to end such war crimes. The 2018 prize is linked to a major theme of the day, equal rights for women, protection against violence. The committee has often borrowed glory from popular phenomena but accepted our advice that the prize could not be given to MeToo. Continue reading “Statement by Fredrik S.Heffermehl: Nobel´s Peace Prize? Yes … and no”

Denny Tamaki won the gubernatorial elections in Okinawa, Japan

Denny Tamaki won the gubernatorial elections on the 30th of September 2018 in Okinawa. Tamaki, who was previously the secretary general of the Liberal Party, is a candidate that opposes the relocation of a U.S. military base on this Japanese island and opposes the construction of the new base at Henoko. The previous Governor Takeshi Onaga unfortunately passed away earlier this summer. Onaga´s policies included a strong position against the presence of U.S. bases in Okinawa. This island, which is located in one of the most southern prefectures, comprises less than one per cent of Japan´s landmass, but accommodates more than two thirds of the U.S. bases in Japan. Continue reading “Denny Tamaki won the gubernatorial elections in Okinawa, Japan”

IPB Youth Network (IPBYN) Public Event and Working Meeting to “Challenges and Positive Approaches to Peace” in Berlin 21-22 September 2018

By Lorena Schwab de la O, IPB intern

IPBYN, in collaboration with IPB and Scientists for Peace Germany (NatWiss), organised a public event on the topic of “Challenges and Positive Approaches to Peace” at Humboldt University on this year´s international day of peace. Continue reading “IPB Youth Network (IPBYN) Public Event and Working Meeting to “Challenges and Positive Approaches to Peace” in Berlin 21-22 September 2018″