New Board and Council Members

We are welcoming the new Board and Council members that will be representing IPB for the next three years:


Lisa Clark (Beati I Costruttori di Pace, Italy)

Phillip Jennings (UNI Global Union, former General Secretary, Switzerland)


Corazon de Fabrios (STOP the War Coalition, Philippines)

Dave Webb (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, United Kingdom)

Joseph Gerson (Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, American Friends Service Committee, United States)

Jordi Calvo Rufanges (Centre Delàs, Spain)


Lucas Wirl (IALANA, Germany)


Alain Rouy (Mouvement de la paix, France)

Arielle Denis (IPB Consultant, France)

Binalakshmi Nepram (Manipur Women Gun Survivors, India)

Etienne De Jonghe (Pax Christi International, Belgium)

Jargalsaikhan Enksaikhan (Blue Banner NGO, Mongolia)

Jun Kyu Lee (Peace researcher, South Korea)

Patricia Pérez (Instituto Latinoamericano Para La Paz Y La Ciudadanía, Argentina)

Rieko Asato-Kodama (Gensuikyo, Japan)

Steven Staples (Rideau Institute, Canada)

Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan (Nonviolence International, Thailand)


Reiner Braun (IPB, Germany)


Ann Wright (Code Pink/Veterans for Peace, United States)

Balkrishna Kurvey (New India Development Association, India)

Jenny Clegg (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, United Kingdom)

Kwaku Addai (Millennium Development Institute, Ghana)

Lisa Silvestre (Mouvement de la paix, France)

Oleg Bodrov (Public Council of the South Coast of the Gulf of Finland, Russia)

Onwuekwe Ejimole Fidela (World Youth Peace Organization, Nigeria)

Stephan Möhrle (Arms Information Centre, Germany)

Surrender Singh Rajpurohit Gundecha (Bharat Uday Mission, India)

When Nobel Peace Laureates meet. The 17th Nobel Summit.

When Nobel Peace Laureates meet. The 17th Nobel Summit.

Make your mark for peace!

The first Nobel Summit was organized 20 years back, initiated by Mikhail Gorbachev with resources from the Nobel Peace Prize, which he earned in 1990. Nobel peace laureates have met almost every year since then, to strengthen their engagement for peace, to discuss topical questions of interest to world peace and make suggestions for action. Strong recommendations have been made, not least in relation to non-violence, nuclear disarmament and the relation between peace and the environment. See The high-level meeting also gives the participants the possibility to discuss their own on-going projects and create a deeper understanding, cooperation and networks.

The 17th Nobel Summit was organized in Mexico, 19. – 22. September this year with the theme Make your mark for peace. 30 laureates met 10 individuals and 20 organizations. I was invited to speak on peace education, which was a top theme this year, but ended up also representing IPB since Lisa Clark, who took over after me as co-president of IPB, last minute had to cancel her participation.

Since the meeting was in Merida on the Yucatan peninsula, it was natural that the situation of Indigenous Peoples and what the world can learn from them was high on the agenda. Some 60% of the inhabitants of Yucatan have Maya-Indian ancestors. With the climate and environmental crisis, perhaps we are ready to listen more carefully to old Maya Indian wisdom about the relationship between Mother Earth and us, and see the intimate relations and interdependences that we have allowed ourselves to ignore for far too long? Listening to Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Nobel peace laureate in 1992, speaking about the sacred land of the Maya people and seeing how she operates among her own people with deep respect, care, love, and encouragements, was among my strongest experiences during this summit. We were also taken to visit traditional Maya villages and see their wonderful pyramids, some up to 3000 years old. The Secretariat of the Nobel Summits reminded us of the Earth Charter, developed by the Club of Rome, not least by President Gorbachev, Maurice Strong and Federico Mayor from UNEP and UNESCO respectively. The Earth Charter presents fundamental principles for a just, sustainable and peaceful global society. It should continue to inspire us.

Mexico has been at the forefront of nuclear disarmament. The Mexican diplomat Alfonso Garcia Robles got the Nobel Peace Prize in 1982 for his disarmament efforts together with Alva Myrdal. He was one of the initiators of the treaty of Tlateloco in 1967 that established Latin America and the Caribbean as a nuclear weapon-free zone. Mr. Robles was both thanked and honoured during the meeting. And how it felt good to be in a nuclear weapon-free zone! For our survival, the planet as such should urgently become nuclear weapons-free. Mexico also hosted the second of the big meetings on the humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons. The first meeting was in Oslo and the last in Vienna in December 2014, which led to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The struggle for nuclear disarmament remains central to the work of the Nobel Summits. A special statement was agreed and partly integrated into the final Merida statement. Nobel laureates urge governments to sign and ratify the UN Treaty.

The level of violence is lower in Yucatan than in the rest of the country, but still too high, in particular violence against women. Yucatan, like the country and the bigger region, is also struggling with poverty, inequality, joblessness and an insufficient health system. The governor of Yucatan, Mauricio Vila Dosal, made commitments to strengthen his peace efforts, seemingly with great engagement and enthusiasm. Also, the President of Mexico, Manuel Lopez Obrador, honoured the meeting with his presence. He was reminded of his commitment to establishing a commission to work on the prevention of violence. I had a fruitful meeting with the Minister of Education and the minister of Women’s Affairs of Yucatan and their staff together with Kailash Satyarthi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 together with Malala Yousafzai. We got a good insight into the challenges of the school system, not least in relation to sexualized violence and pregnancy among schoolgirls. They are all set to start with peace education at different levels of the school system. They were interested e.g. in the relevant normative instruments of UNESCO, in the UNESCO Associated Schools Project and the civil society project Global Campaign for Peace Education, developed out of the Hague Appeal for Peace.

Over the last years, it has been conceived as increasingly important to involve young people in dialogues with the Nobel Peace Laureates. This year some 1200 students and teachers participated, half of them from Mexico and the other half from different countries. The students were present in the plenary sessions and organized peace labs and workshops to further deepen their knowledge. I met the students in the two plenary panels I participated in on nuclear disarmament and on peace education, Love of power or power of love. And I contributed to a workshop on the nuclear danger, together with the Peace Boat. The students also developed their own Youth statement. Both students and Nobel laureates supported a Friday School strike for the environment – and a future. Based on preparatory work done by IPB, I had a ”strategic change impact meeting” on peace and technology convened by Scott Cunningham and Lisa Short. A mission statement was developed with the view to develop ”a social impact community stock exchange” to help amplify grass-root voices for peace, hopefully, to be presented at the next Nobel Summit.

On the last day of the Summit, several prizes were given. The Peace Summit Award went to the singer and well-doer Ricky Martin, who answered with a fierce show. This year’s publication on Nobel laureates, Being Nobel, developed by Livia Malcangio of the Permanent Secretariat of the Summit was given to everybody. The whole Secretariat, and not least the president, Ekaterina Zagladina, deserves a lot of credit for having organized yet another big and successful summit. I left with new knowledge and new inspiration to continue the work for peace, however hopeless it may feel from time to time. Hopefully, both the final declaration and the strong urge to build a culture of peace will be useful also for those who were not present in Merida.


Ingeborg Breines

Sigerfjord, Norway, October 2019

Jai Jagat, the Global March for Justice and Peace

Jai Jagat, the Global March for Justice and Peace

Jai Jagat is a wake-up call to respond to the deepening economic, social and environmental crisis. The campaign is an urgent appeal for people to transform and achieve one planet one people

The Delhi-Geneva Global March for Justice and Peace, Jai Jagat 2020, will physically leave Delhi on October 4, after a day of festivities on October 2, the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The March will arrive in Geneva a year later, on September 26, 2020, and the walkers of Jai Jagat will be welcomed in Geneva with Marchs coming from everywhere.

The International Peace Bureau, IPB, is supporting the Global March for Justice and Peace and calls IPB Members Organisations to join their efforts to make the March a success.

The Jai Jagat campaign seeks to create a political space for action for the most disadvantaged from India and from all the world, to discuss all the immense challenges of our time, climate change, explosion of inequality and violence, through an inclusive and non-violent dialogue with the United Nations on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals. This is a great tool for democratic participation, enabling everyone to take on the great challenges they face.

The March will go through many of countries, promoting debates around Jai Jagat’s demands:

  • Eradicating Poverty – Everyone’s basic human needs are met.
  • Removing Social Discrimination – Respect for human rights so there is no destructive discrimination on the basis of race, caste, gender, religion and ethnicity.
  • Reversing Ecological Destruction and the Climate Crisis – This requires radical changes in production and consumption patterns.
  • Ending Conflict – Conflict has caused so much destruction of human lives and potential and the only way to end it is by generating a collective commitment to build a nonviolent society.


IPB will be co-organising the celebration of the start of the March in Meyrin-Geneva, with a concert and a conference.

More information at

The Global March:

Contact in Geneva Arielle Denis:

The 17th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in 2019

The 17th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in 2019 was hosted in Mérida, México between 19-22 September 2019.


The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates established in 1999 is one of the most relevant and renowned events related to the peace dialogue around the world, and this year it celebrates its 20th anniversary since its inception.

The outcome of the Summit was a Declaration to make an urgent call to all countries and organizations of the world, their leaders and citizens, to build a CULTURE OF PEACE.

The undersigned, gathered in Mérida, Mexico, at the 17th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates declared:

1- Peace is the right of all human beings. It is the supreme good of humanity because without it there is no true development or possible coexistence.

2- Building a Culture of Peace rests on the belief that we must treat others as we wish to be treated. This ethical principle applies at all levels of human endeavor – personal, family, community, and national. When honored, dignity and stability follow. When violated, instability results.

3- In the midst of the current challenges of war, fear, racism, intolerance, and populist nationalism, today more than ever it is necessary to promote a Culture of Peace that follows tolerance and respect for diversity as a fundamental principle of coexistence among human beings and nations.

4- A Culture of Peace is essential for the integral development of individuals and their families, for the progress of societies and the survival of humanity.

5- A Culture of Peace expresses unconditional respect for human life and human rights. Human rights are the foundation upon which humanity can live in harmony.

6- A Culture of Peace requires respect for all other life, and for the systems that support all life on earth, as a prerequisite for the healthy development of human society. A Culture of Peace includes being at peace with oneself, others and the natural world.

7- The primary tool to promote a Culture of Peace is Peace Education, which must be taught in families, all levels of education, workplaces, and disseminated through the media, and encouraged at all levels of society.

8- First, we are human beings. Our common humanity precedes gender, race, religion, nation, sexual orientation, and political affiliation. Our humanity is enriched by its diversity.

9- We support and are inspired by the resolutions and institutions of the United Nations such as the Culture of Peace Program developed by UNESCO and in a broader sense the Sustainable Development Goals.

10- There is no greater gift we can give our nations and communities than peace. Our children and generations to come deserve this gift. Let’s make the Culture of Peace our legacy!




Mérida, Mexico – 22 September 2019

We, the Nobel Peace Laureates and Peace Laureate Organisations, gathered at the XVIIth World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates from 19 – 22 September 2019, wish to thank the State of Yucatán, the city of Mérida and the nation of Mexico for hosting this World Summit. We are inspired by being able to meet in a city and state with such warmly hospitable people, with such a rich Mexican and Mayan cultural heritage and surrounded by such natural beauty.

We commend the progress that the State of Yucatán has made in implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and encourage the promotion of a just society for all.

We recognise and commemorate the Mexican Nobel Peace Laureate, Ambassador Alfonso Garcia Robles, for his role in the adoption of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, and in the initiation of the concept of nuclear weapons-free zones.

We also wish to congratulate the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates on its 20th anniversary.  We thank it for organising this XVIIth Summit and acknowledge its contribution over the past two decades in providing a global platform for Nobel Peace Laureates to express their views on continuing threats to peace and in sharing their experiences in peace-making with the coming generation.

We have been immensely enriched by the presence of more than 1 000 young people at the Summit and by our interaction with them on the issues that will mould the world that they will inherit.   Ultimately, their lives will be deeply affected by our common success or failure in addressing the climate crisis; in controlling nuclear weapons and in building a world based on a culture of peace, human rights and social justice.

At the conclusion of our meeting – and after in-depth consideration of the threats to peace, social progress and our environment – we have adopted the following Declaration:



We need a renewed understanding of the concept of peace.  After the devastation of two world wars and a series of ideological, religious and civil wars, the relative absence of war has been mistaken as the achievement of peace. For as long as basic freedoms are violated and gross corruption, violence, extreme poverty, inequality, racism, modern-day slavery and trafficking of persons, discrimination, and discrimination phobias exist, there can be no true peace.  We proclaim that true peace is inseparable from the achievement of true justice.

We are deeply concerned about current threats to peace, social justice and global sustainability for the world and for future generations.  Every human being should understand how we are all interconnected – not only with one another, but with all life on our beautiful planet.  Any threat to the wellbeing of any of us – or to our environment – affects us all.

We accordingly call on every single person to leave their mark for peace in the world that we all share.

We call on all citizens to participate in building a more just, a more peaceful and a more sustainable world by working for the Goals in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Summit is deeply concerned about the threat posed to humanity by the climate and environmental crisis.  We have heard the worldwide call of young people on 20 September for concerted action by governments to take real and overdue action to combat global warming and to reduce carbon emissions.

During the Summit we have addressed seven topics affecting the peace, wellbeing and sustainability of humankind. At the conclusion of our deliberations, we make this CALL TO ACTION:




  • All states and national and international actors to heed the call of the youth on 20 September 2019 to take effective action to combat global warming and carbon emissions;
  • all states without exception to adhere to and implement to the full their obligations in terms of the 2016 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change;
  • all states to achieve as soon as possible the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in particular
    • goals focusing on the wellbeing of children – especially with regard to the prohibition of child slavery;
    • to promote youth development;
    • to promote the use of the Multidimensional Poverty Index as a means of being more effective in fighting poverty and in prioritising social development;
    • to encourage countries and people around the world to support the victims of sexual violence; and
    • to accept access to financial resources as human right and promote social business;
  • all states and national and international actors to protect citizens, and particularly, women and children, from violence and to listen to the voices of the victims of violence.
  • all states to adopt a new approach to the global drug problem. We call for:
    • scientific studies to evaluate the the impact of the world war on drugs, drug trafficking and levels of drug use;
    • review and encourage innovative strategies to combat the drug crisis, such as those that have been implemented in several national and state jurisdictions to regulate drug use;
    • endorse a new approach to the global drug crisis, based on human rights and treating addiction as a health problem and not as a crime.
  • all states to honour the role of civil society and ease restrictions on their ability to achieve their goals.



The world’s 6 000 Indigenous peoples, who make an essential contribution to the diversity and  richness of humanity’s cultural heritage, face the threat of being overwhelmed by commercial, global and national cultures.


  • ensure the education of all indigenous peoples in the language of their choice, while protecting and promoting their languages, their science, philosophy and cosmology, and their right to religious freedom;
  • respect the autonomy and self-determination of all indigenous peoples without limiting or criminalising their participation in indigenous and national politics and society as citizens with full political rights;
  • preserve their habitat, land and natural resources, with particular attention to their lakes, rivers, water sources and forests, which are also humanity’s and the world’s lungs; and
  • to obtain free, prior and informed consent from indigenous peoples on any decisions relating to their territories.



Everywhere people are on the move. They are leaving their normal places of residence because of war, climate change, social violence and poverty arising from the lack of economic and employment opportunities.


  • raise awareness of the complex and diverse motivations for people on the move, within and between countries, particularly those arising from economic deprivation and political instability and situations of violence;
  • search for fair, compassionate and orderly solutions to the challenges created by human migration;
  • protect the human rights and dignity of internally displaced persons and migrants, without leaving anyone behind;
  • end the detention of migrant children;
  • end the militarisation of border communities;
  • all states to protect migrants from acts of xenophobic violence; and
  • build networks and effective channels to come to the aid of communities suffering from the impact of climate change and natural disasters – and to do everything possible to avoid massive displacements.



We live in an age of immediate mass communication in which there has been an exponential increase in our ability to disseminate news instantly throughout the world.  The geometric expansion of social media has brought the power of global communication to the fingertips of everyone with access to the internet.  This power creates new responsibilities – particularly within the context of the threat that social media poses to traditional global media; the manipulation of social media for illegitimate economic and political purposes and the growing dissemination of “fake news”.


  • promote transparency and accountability in the management of social and traditional media;
  • resolutely protect freedom of expression globally and within all countries, as well as the safety of journalists all over the world;
  • expose and oppose manipulation of social media for illegitimate commercial and political purposes, including promoting extremism, digital sexual abuse and trafficking;
  • prohibit the use of social and traditional media to stir up hatred against people on the basis of their identity and to make propaganda for war;
  • guard against the abuse of technology for the promotion of violent internet games and racial discrimination; and
  • encourage global media to build a culture of peace, through education and dissemination of the values of peace.



We are deeply concerned that 74 years after the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear weapons continue to pose an existential threat to humankind.  As Nobel Peace Laureates we have repeatedly warned of the catastrophic consequences of nuclear war and are compelled to do so once again.

We express our deep concern over the withdrawal of the United States from the multinational agreement that prevents an Iranian nuclear weapons programme, as well as the withdrawal of the United States and Russia from the 1987 Intermediate Forces Treaty.

However, threats to international peace do not come only from nuclear weapons.  We are extremely concerned about escalating expenditure on conventional arms and the development of new and deadly weapons systems.

We have taken note of the letter we have received from President Mikhail Gorbachev and fully support his call to “all leaders of nuclear-weapon powers to reaffirm without delay the proposition that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought” and to “return to the negotiating table to agree on reducing and eliminating the nuclear arsenals”.


  • India and Pakistan to resolve their differences peacefully and to foreswear any use of nuclear weapons. We call on the entire international community to help to avoid a nuclear disaster in South Asia;
  • the international community to call on states to become parties to the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons;
  • all states to implement to the full their obligations in terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and to support the formal entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty;
  • all states to cut massively expenditure on armaments and to divest themselves of all weapons of mass destruction;
  • ban pre-emptively the use of fully autonomous weapons or “Killer Robots”.  Weapons beyond human control would be by their very nature, illegal;
  • stop the use of explosive weapons with wide-area effects in populated areas;
  • all states to join and fully implement the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, and on non-state actors to abide by the norms these conventions represent;
  • promote a policy of a nuclear weapons-free world, inviting countries and individuals to make strong commitments to reverse proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, biological and chemical weapons; and
  • stress the need for transparent information and further education on the impact and status of nuclear weapons.



The rule of law is indispensable for the ordering of social, political and economic relations and it is the foundation of all human rights.  The force of law at the global level provides the framework for international peace and stability.  Within nations it is the foundation for human rights, social cohesion and freedom – while its absence is the source of most of the violations of human rights, social division and oppression.

In our search for peace we stress the importance of non-interference in the domestic affairs of countries and the importance of preventing conflicts and wars before they break out.


  • all the states involved to respect international law and to avoid the escalation of conflict in the Gulf region, Africa, the Middle East, Palestine/ Israel and Yemen;
  • reinvigorate multilateralism and global cooperation for a stable rule-based international order;
  • all states to honor their commitments to conventions related to nuclear disarmament, the protection of the environment, and global economic and social cooperation, which are essential for peace and for the survival of humanity;
  • reject unilateralism, isolationism, authoritarianism, populism, interference in internal affairs and protectionism as threats to the rule of law, both at the national and international levels; and
  • stress the importance of preventing conflicts before they break out.



A core focus of the Summit is to provide a platform for communication between peacemakers and future generations. Education presents a unique opportunity to inculcate the youth with the values and knowledge that are essential for the development of a global culture of peace and for the development of a peaceful world.


  • emphasise the centrality of human dignity in nonviolence and peace education;
  • ensure that all educational curricula include human rights and peace education programmes;
  • facilitate communication and exchanges between different cultures and nations to promote international solidarity and understanding;
  • endorse Peace Education and empower teachers to plant the seeds of peace in the minds of children and youth by providing them with the tools for peace-building, particularly the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
  • prioritise activities and promote policies to implement the Declaration and Programme of the Culture of Peace adopted by the UN General Assembly 20 years ago;
  • promote the declaration of peace zones at all levels of education, parks, museums, and other public spaces that are meant to protect children and youth, and to foster communication between co-generations; and
  • everyone – and particularly the youth – to make a personal commitment to nonviolence and the peaceful resolution of disputes.




The Summit was attended by 10 Nobel Peace laureates:

  1. President Frederik Willem De Klerk
  2. President Juan Manuel Santos
  3. President Lech Walesa
  4. Dr Shirin Ebadi
  5. Mrs Tawakkol Karman
  6. Lord David Trimble
  7. Prof Jody Williams
  8. Leymah Gbowee
  9. Kailash Satyarthi
  10. Rigoberta Menchú Tum

and 30 Nobel Peace Laureate organisations:

  1. President José Manuel Barroso, 11thPresident, European Commission
  2. International Committee of the Red Cross
  3. The American Friends Service Committee
  4. Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet
  5. Martin Luther King Centre
  6. Albert Schweitzer Institute
  7. Desmond Tutu Peace Centre
  8. Grameen Creative Lab
  9. Nelson Mandela Foundation
  10. Institute of international Law
  11. ICAN
  12. Amnesty International
  13. European Commission
  14. International Campaign to Ban Landmines
  15. International Labour Organisation
  16. International Peace Bureau
  17. International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
  18. Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
  19. United Nations
  20. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

However, they do not all necessarily support all aspects of the general consensus that emerged from the Summit’s deliberations.

IPB mourns the death of Cynthia Cockburn

IPB mourns the death of Cynthia Cockburn

With great sadness that we should mention that Cynthia Cockburn, an outstanding scholar of peace and conflict studies, has passed away last week.

Cynthia Cockburn was a British academic, feminist, and peace activist. She was a researcher, writer and photographer who has contributed to the study of masculinity, labour processes and trade unionism, and more recently of gender, war and peace-making. She was an active antimilitarist and has long been involved in a number of peace and anti-war organisations. Cynthia was involved in the European Forum of Socialist Feminists and Women Against Fundamentalism, and has long been active in the international network and London local group of Women in Black against War.

CND & IPB Conference – 21st century security: challenges and solutions

We are looking forward to welcoming you to CND and IPB’s conference which will be held on Sunday October 20 London, opposite the Houses of Parliament. Our Triennial Congress, under the banner: “21st century security: challenges and solution” will also be held in London. Continue reading “CND & IPB Conference – 21st century security: challenges and solutions”

IPB MacBride award 2019 for Elayne Whyte Gómez and Bruce Kent

Every year the IPB awards a special prize to a person or organisation that has done outstanding work for peace, disarmament and/or human rights. These were the principal concerns of Sean MacBride, the distinguished Irish statesman who was Chairman of IPB from 1968-74 and President from 1974-1985. MacBride was a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (1974), deputy General Secretary of the UN and founder if the disarmament committee of the UN. Continue reading “IPB MacBride award 2019 for Elayne Whyte Gómez and Bruce Kent”