The International Peace Bureau is dedicated to the vision of a World Without War. Our current main programme centres on Sustainable Disarmament for Sustainable Development and we campaign mainly on the reduction of military expenditure. We believe that by reducing funding for the military sector, significant amounts of money would be available for social projects domestically or abroad and lead to the fulfilling of real human needs and general development. At the same time, we support different disarmament campaigns and provide them with knowledge about the economic dimensions of weapons and conflicts.
Our 300 member organisations in 70 countries, together with individual members from a global network, bring together expertise and campaigning experience in a common cause. We try to link different experts and campaigns working on similar issues in order to create strong civil society movements.
IPB has had Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council since the 1970s. We also have associate status with the Department of Public Information.
IPB plays a central role in the Geneva-based Special NGO Committee for Disarmament, which is a sub-committee of CONGO, the Conference of NGO in Consultative Status with ECOSOC. We are in close touch with our sister group in New York, the NGO Committee for Disarmament, Inc. and and follow various disarmament negotiations, within or outside the UN.
We are a Nobel Peace Laureate (1910); over the years, 13 of our officers have been recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Read more about us in the IPB brochure, available in English, French, German, and Spanish.