The International Peace Bureau (IPB), the oldest global peace network with more than 300 organizations in over 70 countries, was founded in 1891/92. We are a Nobel Peace Laureate (1910) and over the years, 13 of our officers have been recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize.
IPB is dedicated to the vision of a World Without War. Our current main programme centres on Disarmament for Sustainable Development and within this, our focus is mainly on the reallocation of military expenditure. We believe that by reducing funding for the military sector, significant amounts of money could be released for social projects, domestically or abroad, which could lead to the fulfilment of real human needs and the protection of the environment.
At the same time, we support a range of disarmament campaigns and supply data on the economic dimensions of weapons and conflicts. Our campaigning work on nuclear disarmament began already in the 1980s.
Our network of member organisations, together with individual members, forms a global community, bringing together knowledge and campaigning experience in a common cause. We link experts and advocates working on similar issues in order to build strong civil society movements.
IPB has had Consultative Status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1977. We also have associate status with the Department of Public Information and play a central role in the Geneva-based NGO Committee for Disarmament, a committee of CONGO, the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Status with ECOSOC. There are sister committees in New York and Vienna. Together we follow various disarmament negotiations, within and outside the UN.
Our photo-exhibition Making Peace has been shown in many cities in Europe and beyond, reaching many thousands of people.