In Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Iraq, wars and armed conflicts dominate people‘s everyday lives. The negative effects on them are devastating. The consequences of these conflicts are streams of refugees, people in need, terrorism, and global insecurity. 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. Now more than ever seems to be the time to reflect on our peacebuilding efforts so far and rethink our ideas. The Basel Peace Forum, which will be taking place for the second time from January 14-15, 2018 at the Messe Basel exhibition center, will address these challenges and provide a forum for rethinking our existing mechanisms and developing innovative and contemporary approaches to peace.
Basel Peace Forum: Rethinking peace – Innovating the future
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.
Eric SarasinChairman of the Patrons Committee of the Basel Peace Forum
Elisabeth AckermannPresident of the Executive Council of the canton of Basel-Stadt
Anita FetzMember of the Swiss Council of States for the canton of Basel-Stadt
Dr. Claude JaniakMember of the Swiss Council of States for the canton of Basel-Landschaft
Sam KellerDirector of the Fondation Beyeler
Dr. Jenö StaehelinFormer Swiss ambassador to the United Nations
Prof. Dr. Beatrice Weder di MauroMember of the Board of Directors of UBS
swisspeace is a practice-oriented peace research institute. It analyzes violent conflicts and develops strategies for their peaceful transformation. swisspeace aims to contribute to the improvement of conflict prevention and conflict transformation by producing innovative research, shaping discourses on international peace policy, developing and applying new peacebuilding tools and methodologies, supporting and advising other peace actors, as well as by providing and facilitating spaces for analysis, discussion, critical reflection and learning.
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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
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