22 October 2020
  • Geneva
  • conference
  • peacebuilding
  • environmental peacemaking

Geneva Peace Week goes online

GPW forum will host several live sessions and digital series where viewers can view and interact with during and after GPW20. Register here for the live sessions from 2 - 6 November 2020. 

Geneva Peace Week (GPW) is a leading annual forum in the international peacebuilding calendar, and the flagship event of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. This year, the thematic focus of the week is "Rebuilding trust after disruption: Pathways to reset international cooperation". Geneva Peace Week 2020 (GPW20) aims to galvanise leadership, build trust and contribute to transforming international cooperation in the wake of COVID-19. Geneva Peace Week 2020 will be held totally online from 2-6 November 2020.

Institutions and individuals in Geneva and around the world have come together to organise an interactive GPW20 experience. Attendees are welcome to participate in GPW ‘Live Sessions’ and to also engage with the new GPW ‘Digital Series’. The forum is free and open to the public, and details on how to participate can be found below. 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.

Opening Ceremony

The Geneva Peace Week Opening Ceremony will focus on this year's theme: Rebuilding trust after disruption: Pathways to reset international cooperation. GPW20 aims to galvanize leadership, build trust and contribute to transforming international cooperation in the wake of covid-19. This session formally opens GPW20 and launches the reflection of this exciting week with key-note speeches, discussions, video contributions, and attendee participation and engagement. Stay tuned for the announcement on our dynamic lineup of speakers.

Closing Ceremony

The final day of Geneva Peace Week 2020, held on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, will be devoted to innovations, conversations, and solutions in environmental peacebuilding. A combined 45 institutions will host, curate, and facilitate conversations and sessions both live and in contributions to our pre-recorded Geneva Peace Week 2020 digital series. The day will culminate in a closing ceremony, held online in the afternoon (CET) on 6 November.

A major stop on the Environmental Peacebuilding Association’s Road to Geneva, an international series of events leading up to the Second International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding, the 6th of November will offer an opportunity to highlight environmental peacebuilding to key stakeholders in the Geneva and international community, including representatives from permanent missions, journalists, environmental peacebuilding practitioners, researchers, and many more.

The vision for the closing ceremony includes a mix of media, including live interviews and discussions, pre-recorded videos, and audience participation through online chat features. The ceremony will range from Geneva to the international levels and feature global thought leaders, technical experts, and peacebuilders in their own communities. The closing ceremony aims to focus the conversation on impact and policy, pushing the collective community of practice towards what comes next.

How to participate?

This year's Live Sessions will all take place online (virtually). Attendees can engage in panel discussions and workshops that have been prepared by our partner organisers. To participate in live sessions, you must register to attend. Once you have registered, you will be able to join live sessions from your Virtual Lobby. Details on how to register and join Live Sessions can be found below.

In addition to the Live Sessions, the GPW20 Digital Series will be launched on 2 November! This year, our partner organisers have developed their peacebuilding expertise, research, and stories into pre-recorded videos, podcasts, and other media. The digital series will be free to view, listen, download, and interact with on this website during and after GPW20. Details on how to engage with the Digital Series can be found below.

For the full GPW20 experience, be sure to register by following the steps detailed below. Only registered attendees will have access to the new Geneva Peace Week app, networking features, the Virtual Lobby, session calendar invites, reminders and more!

This article was first published by the Geneva Peace Week

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