Basel Peace Forum: Rethinking peace – Innovating the future

Since the end of the Cold War, the United Nations, the European Union, individual states like Switzerland, as well as companies and NGOs have done a great deal to promote peace. Over the years, though, there have been repeated setbacks and previous successes keep being challenged by the latest developments. In the wake of political instabilities and violence in states such as Syria, Iraq, and Nigeria, we believe it is urgent to tackle the theme of peace in new ways.

The Basel Peace Forum, held January 14-15 2018 in Basel, Switzerland, is thus pursuing peace by bringing together experts and decision-makers from politics, business, civil society, and academia. The handpicked participants will provide a unique set of experiences necessary to develop new ideas and thereby make a difference.


The Basel Peace Forum is pioneering in its nature. It is the first forum in the world to address the subject of peace at the highest level and in an interdisciplinary way.

This second Basel Peace Forum will lay the foundations for future years, and expanding it in such a way that it achieves global importance and reach. The stimulus that comes from the Basel Peace Forum should bring about specific action from all kinds of organizations.

Patrons Committee

A broadly-based Patrons Committee supports the Basel Peace Forum. It is made up of experienced and high-caliber personalities from the Basel area.
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    Eric Sarasin

    Chairman of the Patrons Committee of the Basel Peace Forum
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    Elisabeth Ackermann

    President of the Executive Council of the canton of Basel-Stadt
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    Anita Fetz

    Member of the Swiss Council of States for the canton of Basel-Stadt
  • Claude Janiak sw

    Dr. Claude Janiak

    Member of the Swiss Council of States for the canton of Basel-Landschaft
  • Sam Keller sw

    Sam Keller

    Director of the Fondation Beyeler
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    Markus Ritter

    Deputy Secretary General, Presidential Department Basel-City
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    Dr. Jenö Staehelin

    Former Swiss ambassador to the United Nations
  • Beatrice Weder di Mauro sw

    Prof. Dr. Beatrice Weder di Mauro

    Member of the Board of Directors of UBS

Organizer - swisspeace

The Basel Peace Forum is being organized and conducted by swisspeace.

swisspeace is a practice-oriented peace research institute which analyzes violent conflicts and develops strategies for their peaceful transformation. Our aim is to contribute to the improvement of conflict prevention and conflict transformation …

… by producing innovative research and shaping discourses on international peace policy,

… by developing new peacebuilding tools and methodologies, supporting and advising other peace actors,

… and by providing and facilitating spaces for analysis, discussion, critical reflection and learning.

The institute, which is associated with the University of Basel, has more than 25 years of experience in innovating peacebuilding.


The Basel Peace Forum partners with the following organizations
The Basel Peace Forum is supported financially by the following organizations and further private donors

Peace City Basel

The Swiss Government is striving to establish a new pillar of Swiss foreign affairs in Basel with a focus on international peacebuilding. This endeavor is supported by the political authorities of Basel, as well as by actors of the economy and civil society who aim to extend the current focus on art and business by a political dimension. Basel, being a scene of world political decision-making since the Middle Ages, also boasts one of the oldest universities in Europe, which has included courses on international conflicts and peace promotion in its study program. The combination of international relations, academic knowledge generation and socio-political commitment lays the foundation for innovation in the field of peacebuilding.


For any questions please contact us.
+41 31 330 10 87

Bernoullistrasse 14-16
CH-4056 Basel

Information for media

Media release of the 16.01.17: Basel Peace Forum calls for responsive and responsible leadership for peace

Medienmitteilung vom 16.01.17: Basel Peace Forum fordert anpassungsfähige und verantwortungsvolle Führung für Frieden

Media release of the 21.12.16: Basel Peace Forum is rethinking peace

Medienmitteilung vom 21.12.16: Basel Peace Forum denkt Frieden neu

For any media inquiry please contact us:

Isabel Prinzing
+41 31 330 12 07