The international peace movement is gathering in Barcelona in October! Join us!!
The Second IPB World Congress aims to build on the foundation established during our gathering in Berlin in 2016 by
bringing together vast swathes of civil society groups to cooperate on identifying strategies and solutions to the challenges of our times. With the support of local, national, regional, and international organizations and individuals working for peace, disarmament, climate justice, human rights, and more, the congress will offer something for everyone and inspiration for us all as we strive for a better future after the Coronavirus pandemic.
This World Congress will bring together a wide variety of experts and advocates from all around the world. Speakers will come from all kinds of disciplines and backgrounds, including both high level representatives and grassroots level voices. It will equally involve diverse fields: peace organizations, feminist and civil rights groups, labor unions, environmentalists, educators, religious and spiritual groups, development workers, human rights defenders…
Five years after our 2016 Berlin Congress, “Disarm! For a Climate of Peace”, the International Peace Bureau is proud to host the Second IPB World Peace Congress, “(Re) Imagine our World: Action for Peace and Justice” in the Mediterranean city of Barcelona. Our goal is to bring together vast swaths of civil society – from peace and disarmament movements to human and trade union rights campaigners, environmental activists, and social movements – to generate a unified response to the anxiety of the current crises.
We have a planetary crisis: a world in which confrontational policies have replaced international cooperation on issues ranging from arms control and common security to the climate emergency, threats to democratic institutions, and health crises – most notably the Covid-19 pandemic. Only by coming together can we address these interlinked and overlapping problems that threaten us all; therefore, our gathering aims not only to bring these groups together, but to envision shared policy solutions that can serve as a call to action for social movements and decision makers at the global, regional, national, and local levels.
At the center of these policy proposals comes the idea of ‘building back better for peace’. The Covid-19 crisis has made clearer than ever the costs of returning to the status quo and the necessity to create a better system – one that promotes equality, addresses the existential threat of climate change, and understands the need for true security, not the faux security of yearly increases in military spending at the cost of social services. We firmly believe that the only way to truly do so is to put peace at the center of the ‘new normal’.