01 Nov 2021 – 05 Nov 2021

Venue: Online

Organization: Geneva Peacebuilding Platform

The Geneva Peace Week is a flagship initiative of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform aiming to foster exchange between the actors working on peace from all sectors. This platform is the opportunity to build bridges and bust silos in order to enable creative responses to violence, exclusion and insecurity.

Geneva Peace Week

Geneva Peace Week (GPW) is where bridges are built and silos are busted, and where the various levels of actors working on peace from all sectors can interact.  It is a space of meaningful exchange and co-created learning linking practitioners, policymakers, researchers, students and individuals from all sectors.  GPW seeks to be as inclusive and high-quality as possible while always adapting from year to year.  It is a platform built by many and it is in many ways an exercise in, and part of, the collaborative process of building peace around the world. 

Geneva Peace Week emphasizes that each and every person, actor and institution has a role to play in building peace and resolving conflict. It recognizes that peacebuilding occurs in many different contexts and cuts across disciplines and sectors. In this sense, Geneva Peace Week breaks down professional silos in order to enable creative responses to violence, exclusion and insecurity. By synchronizing meetings and events on different topics related to the promotion of peace during one week, Geneva Peace Week maximizes synergies between organizations in Geneva and their international partners, focusing on the cross-cutting nature of peace.

Geneva Peace Week is a flagship initiative of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform in collaboration with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), and the Platform’s five partners – the Graduate Institute’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP); the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF); the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP); Interpeace; and the Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva (QUNO). Geneva Peace Week is also supported by Switzerland.

The 2021 Edition

This year GPW will take place online, with a possibility of a hybrid session for the opening and closing sessions. In the run-up to the 2nd International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding, to take place in Geneva in February 2022, environment is also high on the agenda of this edition.


GPW21 will be held under the theme “From seeds to systems of peace: Weathering today’s challenges.” Challenges to peace today have been compounded by the COVID19 pandemic. Geneva Peace Week 2021 nurtures seeds of peace in the new approaches and tools necessary to “weather” the contemporary challenges, while seeking to engage and affect change at the systemic level.

The organizing consortium proposes the following thematic tracks to guide content and conversation at GPW21:

  1. Creating a climate for collaboration: Ways forward for environment, climate change, and peace
  2. Moving beyond securitization: What risks (and new horizons) for peacebuilding
  3. Harnessing the digital sphere for peace
  4. Confronting inequalities and advancing inclusion, peace, and SDG16

Call for applications

Read through the full GPW21 call for applications document (the French version is available here), which includes detailed guidelines on the GPW21 application process and the selection criteria. Submissions are welcome until 16 June 2021.