IPB's annual Activity Reports are an account of all activities conducted out throughout the year. They describe our strategy and the events organized and publications produced to achieve it. The reports also list the names of the Board and Council members.
Every three years IPB holds a special gathering to bring together our members and supporters and to discuss the challenges facing us as peace movements in an unstable and over-militarized world. This year IPB met in Stockholm from Sept 13-15, to explore the issues of military intervention (and the alternatives) and the economy of war. The conference title was: 'The World is Over-Armed, and Peace is Under Funded' (a quote from Ban Ki-Moon).
IPB convened its annual Council Meeting for the first time in Ireland in partnership with the Afri ‘Hedge School’ in Dublin. Held simultaneously at the same venue, the Sean MacBride Peace Prize ceremony, as well as the panels on Activism, Disarmament and Peace Education Initiatives and Climate Change attracted many participants and had fruitful discussions and exchanges of experiences.
President Michael D. Higgins of Ireland awarded the Sean MacBride Peace Prize to Lina Ben Mhenni, the courageous Tunisian blogger and to Nawal el-Saadawi, the world-famous Egyptian feminist author.
With the help of its many partner organizations, IPB was able to bring the disarmament perspective to Rio+20. Through our side events on 'disarmament for development' and 'the linkages between food security and armed conflicts', we were able to discuss with other stakeholders the importance of disarmament and to encourage them to join our call.
The main attraction of the week, however, was our tank made of bread.
In the first week of the Non-Proliferation Treaty PrepComm (April 30 -May 11), IPB organised 4 side events, together with our partners INES and Gensuikyo.
On April 17, IPB organised two events to mark the second GDAMS.
IPB worked with several other organisations to organise three very successful activities to mark the Global Day of Action on Military Spending - a project itself co-coordinated by IPB. Activities included a public action at the Place des Nations,a lunchtime seminar on 'Military Spending or the MDGs?', and an evening meeting on militarisation in Burma.