1-5 NOVEMBER 2021
Call for Sessions to be announced soon

What is Geneva Peace Week?

Geneva Peace Week (GPW) is a leading annual forum in the international peacebuilding calendar, and the flagship event of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. For 2020, the thematic focus of the week was "Rebuilding trust after disruption: Pathways to reset international cooperation". Geneva Peace Week 2020 (GPW20) aimed to galvanise leadership, build trust and contribute to transforming international cooperation in the wake of COVID-19. While Geneva Peace Week 2020 live sessions may be over, a digital series of over 70 videos, podcasts, and more continues the conversation here on our website. This digital series is free and open to the public. 

We thank our more than 280 partnering organizations for their work to bring Geneva Peace Week 2020 to life. 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.

Geneva Solutions was the official media partner of Geneva Peace Week 2020. 

2020 Opening Ceremony

The Geneva Peace Week Opening Ceremony focused on this year's theme: Rebuilding trust after disruption: Pathways to reset international cooperation. GPW20 aimed to galvanize leadership, build trust and contribute to transforming international cooperation in the wake of COVID-19. The session formally opened GPW20 and launched the reflection of this exciting week with key-note speeches, discussions, video contributions, and attendee participation and engagement. 

Read the report in English here. Read the French version here

2020 Closing Ceremony

The final day of Geneva Peace Week 2020 was held on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. It was devoted to innovations, conversations, and solutions in environmental peacebuilding. A combined 45 institutions hosted, curated, and facilitated conversations and sessions both live and in contributions to our pre-recorded Geneva Peace Week 2020 digital series. The ended with a closing ceremony, joined by peacebuilders and practitioners from all over the world and cartoonist Hani Abbas, proposed by UNESCO.

2020 Digital Series

Please follow the steps below to access the Digital Series:

  1. View the Digital Series page on the Geneva Peace Week website by clicking the button below.

  2. Select thematic tracks to access the content lists for GPW20.

  3. Watch and listen to the content online from the Digital Series pages.

  4. You can view our videos on the GPW YouTube Channel and our Podcasts on the iTunes podcast app, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music/Audible, and Podbean - just search Geneva Peace Week. 

2020 Thematic Tracks

The Live Sessions and Digital Series for Geneva Peace Week 2020 have been organized into 8 thematic tracks. To find out more about each GPW20 thematic track, please click on 'Thematic Tracks' below. Within each thematic track, you will be able to view the relevant content from the GPW20 Digital Series, and also which Live Sessions are taking place in that track.