International Peace Bureau (IPB)

Bureau international de la paix
Oficina Internacional de la Paz
Internationales Friedensbüro

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Founded 13 Nov 1891, Rome (Italy), by 3rd World Peace Congress, with the title Bureau international permanent de la paix (BIPP), as central office and executive organ of International Union of Peace Societies (UISP), which was set up at the same time. Commenced activities provisionally on 1 Dec 1891, Bern (Switzerland). Statutes adopted at 4th World Peace Congress, 23 Aug 1892, Bern; registered in accordance with Swiss Civil Code, 22 Sep 1893. UISP ceased to exist during World War I. IPB office transferred to Geneva (Switzerland) in 1924. Activities suspended during World War II. Reconstituted 1949, after re-establishment efforts from 1946, as International Liaison Committee of Organizations for Peace (ILCOP) which was recognized by the Swiss Federal Council, 20 Jan 1961, Geneva, as legal successor to UISP. ILCOP has also been referred to as International Liaison Committee of Peace Societies. Subsequently ILCOP re-adopted the name 'International Peace Bureau', representing both the international organization UISP and its secretariat (the previous BIPP) in Geneva. In 1983, IPB took over activities of International Confederation for Disarmament and Peace (ICDP), which had been set up, 11 Jan 1964, Tyringe (Sweden), on adoption of a Constitution prepared by a Continuing Committee elected Jan 1963, Oxford (UK). Received the Nobel Peace Prize, 1910. Registered in accordance with Swiss Civil Code.


Serve the cause of peace by promoting: general and complete disarmament, the non-violent solution of conflicts, international cooperation; facilitate communication between groups and individuals working for peace; aid in sharing of ideas, resources and information; campaign internationally on peace issues; create and support NGO networks and joint platforms.

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Events/meetings; knowledge management/information dissemination; guidance/assistance/consulting; projects/programmes; In 1996 initiated Hague Appeal for Peace (HAP) and subsequent Global Campaign for Peace Education, together with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms and World Federalist Movement. Since 2005, main programme is Disarmament for Sustainable Development. Since 2014, Coordinator of Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS), including Global Day of Action on Military Spending.


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United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Ros A).

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Relations with 25 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • International Relations
    • Disarmament
  • Peace
    • Peace

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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