On Friday 11 November 2016, between 16.00 – 18.00, IPB will organise a Round Table discussion: "Moving the Military Money: to climate, development, humanitarian action and peacemaking". It will be held at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva.
Each year since 2011, the Global Day of Action on Military Spending has brought together some 100-150 actions and events organised in communities around the world, in order to build public awareness and challenge decision-makers.
At the Triennial Assembly held in Berlin on October 3, a new group of IPB officials was elected. See list HERE. Our new Co-President is Lisa Clark from Italy. She takes over from Ingeborg Breines and will lead the organisation in the new 'Transition period', together with continuing Co-President Reiner Braun.
For a short background information on all the persons elected to the IPB Board and Council (2016 - 2019), take a look HERE. A fresh list of IPB Consultants was also adopted. Those present at the Assembly meeting gave a warm vote of thanks to the outgoing officials and welcomed the new team to their diverse positions.
October 21, 2016. The Board of the International Peace Bureau is pleased to announce that the Sean MacBride Peace Prize will be awarded this year to our own Secretary-General Colin Archer, who since 1990 has served the organization with outstanding commitment and competence. Colin Archer, who will retire next year and return home from Geneva to the UK, has spared no efforts over the last 26 years in the service of peace and of the IPB community in particular...
October 19, 2016. The mass slaughter and war crimes we witness today in Syria merit the highest level of citizen engagement: they demand a worldwide commitment to achieving a ceasefire and opening a process to reach a political solution. The matter could not be more urgent.
In the wake of discussions at its Berlin congress (early October), IPB proposes the following 6 elements of a peace plan. It is not an exhaustive strategy, but it does offer an orientation for international civil society action in the coming weeks and months, especially for those of us in Western countries…
IPB Vice-President Joseph Gerson (USA) made a wide-ranging speech to introduce the conference-in-the-congress on nuclear disarmament at IPB's Berlin gathering. He began:
"Friends, let me begin by naming the urgency of this moment of danger and opportunity. With the renewed nuclear arms races, the growing tensions between the great powers and between India and Pakistan, and the dangers of accident or miscalculation triggering nuclear war, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Perry and others are warning that “the danger of some sort of nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War.
UN Day on 24 October marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.
As the official UN Day, 24 of October is a perfect occasion for peace manifestations and celebrations. The Peace Union of Finland, a long time IPB member organisation, will use this UN-day to support efforts towards peace in Syria.