International Peace Bureau

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International Peace Bureau
IPB Logo.svg
Formation1891;128 years ago (1891)
Type NGO
Legal status Nonprofit
PurposeWorking for a World without war
Headquarters Berlin, Germany
Coordinates 52°31′21″N13°23′01″E / 52.522454°N 13.383641°E / 52.522454; 13.383641 Coordinates: 52°31′21″N13°23′01″E / 52.522454°N 13.383641°E / 52.522454; 13.383641
MethodsSeminars and Conferences, Education, Advocation
Fields World peace
Reiner Braun
Lisa Clark
Council of the
Main organ
Assembly of the International Peace Bureau
International Peace Bureau (IPB) council meeting at Bern, 1899 IPB-Yore-1899.jpg
International Peace Bureau (IPB) council meeting at Bern, 1899
General Assembly of the International Peace Bureau, September 1935 Assemblee generale du Bureau international de la paix.jpg
General Assembly of the International Peace Bureau, September 1935

The International Peace Bureau (IPB) (French : Bureau international de la paix), founded in 1891, [1] is one of the world's oldest international peace federations.

French language Romance language

French is a Romance language of the Indo-European family. It descended from the Vulgar Latin of the Roman Empire, as did all Romance languages. French evolved from Gallo-Romance, the spoken Latin in Gaul, and more specifically in Northern Gaul. Its closest relatives are the other langues d'oïl—languages historically spoken in northern France and in southern Belgium, which French (Francien) has largely supplanted. French was also influenced by native Celtic languages of Northern Roman Gaul like Gallia Belgica and by the (Germanic) Frankish language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders. Today, owing to France's past overseas expansion, there are numerous French-based creole languages, most notably Haitian Creole. A French-speaking person or nation may be referred to as Francophone in both English and French.

Peace State of harmony characterized by lack of violent conflict and freedom from fear of violence

Peace is a concept of societal friendship and harmony in the absence of hostility and violence. In a social sense, peace is commonly used to mean a lack of conflict and freedom from fear of violence between individuals or heterogeneous groups. Throughout history leaders have used peacemaking and diplomacy to establish a certain type of behavioral restraint that has resulted in the establishment of regional peace or economic growth through various forms of agreements or peace treaties. Such behavioral restraint has often resulted in the reduction of conflicts, greater economic interactivity, and consequently substantial prosperity. The avoidance of war or violent hostility can be the result of thoughtful active listening and communication that enables greater genuine mutual understanding and therefore compromise. Leaders often benefit tremendously from the prestige of peace talks and treaties that can result in substantially enhanced popularity.


IPB was founded under the name Permanent International Peace Bureau (Bureau International Permanent de la Paix). From 1912 onward it used the name International Peace Bureau. Between 1946 and 1961, it was known under the name International Liaison Committee of Organizations for Peace – ILCOP (Comité de liaison international des organisations de paix – CLIOP).

The organisation was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1910 for acting "as a link between the peace societies of the various countries". [2] [3] In 1913 Henri La Fontaine was also awarded the Prize "[For his work as] head of the International Peace Bureau". [4] [5] As of 2012, eleven other Nobel Peace Prize laureates have been members of the IPB. [6]

Nobel Peace Prize One of five Nobel Prizes established by Alfred Nobel

The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the five Nobel Prizes established by the will of Swedish industrialist, inventor, and armaments manufacturer Alfred Nobel, along with the prizes in Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature. Since March 1901, it has been awarded annually to those who have "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses".

Henri La Fontaine Belgian politician and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Henri La Fontaine, was a Belgian international lawyer and president of the International Peace Bureau. He received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1913 because " he was the effective leader of the peace movement in Europe".



The current Co-Presidents are: [7]

CountryNameNominating Organisation
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Reiner Braun International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Lisa ClarkBeati i Costruttore di Pace


The current Treasurer is: [7]

CountryNameNominating Organisation
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
Lohes RajeswaranBeati i Costruttore di Pace


The Vice-Presidents deputise for the President when necessary. The current Vice-Presidents are: [7]

CountryNameNominating Organisation
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Jordi CalvoCentre Delàs
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Tarja Cronberg Peace Union of Finland
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines Corazon FabrosGensuikyo
Flag of the United States.svg  United States Joseph Gerson Peace Action
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Yayoi TsuchidaGensuikyo
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Dave Webb Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Steering Committee

The members of the Steering Committee are the aforementioned officers, as well as the following persons: [7]

CountryNameNominating OrganisationNote
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq Ali Al-RufaieIraqi Peace & Solidarity Council
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Albert CaramésFundacio per la Pau
Flag of France.svg  France Nathalie GauchetMouvement de la paix
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Alexander HarangNorwegian Peace Association
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan Nonviolence International
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Laura LodeniusPeace Union of Finland
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Tore NaerlandBike for Peace
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus Suleyman SelangerInternational Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Steve Staples Science for Peace
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Etienne de Jonghe Pax Christi International (Co-opted)


The Board of the IPB comprises all elected officers (President, Treasurer and the Vice Presidents), as well as all members of the Steering Committee.

Global Campaign on Military Spending

The Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS) is a permanent, global, year-round campaign that was created in December 2014 by the IPB to tackle the worldwide issue of excessive military spending. [8]

The aim of the campaign is to pressure the world's governments to invest money in the sectors of health, education, employment and climate change rather than military. It also calls for an annual, minimum reallocation of 10% from the military budgets of all states. Finally, it advocates the reduction of arms production and international weapons trade. [9]

It works to achieve this goal through:

The campaign organises the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) to bring public, media and political attention to the costs of military spending and the need to invest in new priorities. [10]

Seán MacBride Peace Prize

Established in 1992, the Seán MacBride Peace Prize is awarded by the International Peace Bureau to a person or organisation that "has done outstanding work for peace, disarmament and/or human rights." [11] [12] It is named after Seán MacBride, a former Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army, who was chairman of the IPB from 1968–74 and president from 1974-1985. [13] [14]


The following are the recipients of the Seán MacBride Peace Prize since its inception in 1992: [11]

1992 Michael D. Higgins
1993 Motarilavoa Hilda Lini Played a key role in the WHO’s decision to approve a request to the World Court on the legal status of nuclear weapons.
1994 Mordechai Vanunu Sentenced to 18 years solitary confinement for revealing details of Israel’s nuclear arsenal.
1995 The Committee of Soldiers' Mothers of Russia Foremost among Russian citizens’ groups opposing the war in Chechnya.
1996Selim BešlagićFor "his fight against nationalism, ethnic cleansing and intolerance during his country's war." [15]
1997 Seeds of Hope Group For disarming a Hawk aircraft bound for Indonesia.
1998 John Hume For "his contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process." [16]
1999Barbara GladyschFor her "extraordinary and year-long commitment to disarmament and practical solidarity with victims of wars and disasters." [17]
20001) Praful Bidwai
2) Achin Vanaik
For being at the "forefront of the international campaign against the nuclearisation of South Asia." [18]
2001 Rosalie Bertell For "her lifelong engagement to the cause of peace and for her deep concern for the well-being of peoples all over the planet. [19]
2002 Barbara Lee For "her sole vote against the bombing of Afghanistan." [20]
2003 Nihon Hidankyō Survivors of the A bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. They have devoted the rest of their lives to the elimination of nuclear weapons.
2004Geneva Initiative on the Middle East
2005No award made
2006 Mayors for Peace:

1) Tadatoshi Akiba
2) Iccho Itoh

For "its achievements in arousing international public demand for the abolition of nuclear weapons and lasting world peace." [21]
2007 Jayantha Dhanapala For "his dedication to the cause of disarmament and his initiatives towards creating the Central Asian Nuclear-Weapons Free Zone." [22]
2008Jacqueline CabassoFor "her years of outstanding work with NGOs and initiatives toward peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons." [23]
2009 Betty Reardon For "her contribution to peace education and to the wider peace movement." [24]
2010 Binalakshmi Nepram For "her extraordinary efforts to promote disarmament and an end to gun violence in India." [25]
20111) Hanaa Edwar
2) Dr. Peter Becker
1) For "her contribution to the advancement of democracy and human rights, as well as her firm stand against violence and war;"
2) For his work with the German section of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA).
[26] [27]
20121) Lina Ben Mhenni
2) Nawal El Saadawi
For showing "great courage and ... substantial contributions to what is known as the Arab Spring." [28]
2013 Chelsea Manning For her "courageous actions in revealing information about US war crimes." [29]
2014The People and Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands For "courageously taking the nine nuclear weapons-possessing countries to the International Court of Justice to enforce compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty and international customary law." [30]
2015The People and the Island Communities of Lampedusa, Italy and Jeju Island, South KoreaFor showing "a profound commitment to peace and social justice." [31]
2016IPB Secretary-General Colin ArcherFor 26 years "in the service of peace and of the IPB community." [32]
20171) All Okinawa Council Against Henoko New Base
2) Noam Chomsky
3) Jeremy Corbyn
1) For "its unflagging commitment to close the Futemna Marine Air Base, and for its nonviolent opposition to the construction of a massive new air, land and sea base in Henoko;"
2) For his "tireless commitment to peace, his strong critiques to U.S. foreign policy, and his anti-imperialism;"
3) For his "sustained and powerful political work for disarmament and peace."
20181) Association For Historical Dialogue and Research and Home for Cooperation
2) Helena Maleno
3) Douglas Roche
1) For its "efforts and promotion of [a] Culture of Peace and as well as the peace building activities;"
2) For her "efforts to save hundreds of lives in the Mediterranean Sea, and her strong commitment to defending human rights;"
3) For his "tireless efforts to promote international peace and disarmament."

Nobel Peace Prizes

IPB's work was rewarded by the Nobel Peace Prize in 1910, which has also been awarded to some of its members: [34]


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