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 advocates to feminist and LGBTQIA+ campaigners, ecologists and climate activists, antiracists and indigenous peoples, human rights defenders and trade unionists to generate a unified response to the anxiety of our times.

Friday  – 15.10.2021

Venue: CCCB (Hall + Pati de les Dones)

IPB Youth Network (IPBYN) & Local Youth Gathering

IPB in Action: Six Examples of Activities for Peace & Disarmament

Opening Plenary: Threats to Peace and Safety Chaired by Chloé Meulewaeter, IPB Council.; & TBD, Catalonian government representative/Barcelona city representative

  • Welcome
    Jordi Calvo, IPB Barcelona
    Lisa Clark, IPB Co-President
    Catalan government representative
    Barcelona city representative
  • Music and cultural presentations
  • Video Greetings
    António Guterres, UN General Secretary (to be confirmed)
    Duarte Pacheco, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union
    Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization
  • Great Power Conflicts and the (New) Cold War
    Jody Williams, political activist and Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Threats of Nuclear Weapons: Reflecting and Looking Forward
    Wada Masako, Nihon Hidankyo (Japan Confederation of A- and H- Bomb Sufferers Organizations)
  • The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the Future
    Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
  • Environmental and Climate Protection and Disarmament
    Vandana Shiva, environmental and social activist
  • Global Justice and Peace
    Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Former President of Brazil (by video)
  • Threats to the Future of Humankind
    Jeremy Corbyn, Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom

Music and cultural performance

Public event and peace vigil
Pati de les dones CCCB

Saturday – 16.10.2021

Lessons from the Covid-19: Pandemic and solutions to the problems

Saturday Plenary: Intersectional Social Transformation
Venue: CCCB (Hall + Pati de les Dones)
Chaired by Enkhsaikhan Jargalsaikhan, Chair of Blue Banner and former Mongolian diplomat; & Emily Rubino, Executive Director of Peace Action New York State

  • Nonviolent Future: Changing the Agenda
    Amani Aruri, UN Women Global Task Force on Beijing 25+
  • Common Security for a New World Order
    Aleksey Gromyko, Director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Regional Peace and Security
    Zhao Tong, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy (by video)
  • Disarmament for Development
    Vanda Proskova, Co-Convener of Youth Fusion – Abolition 2000 Youth Network
  • The Global South, Inequality, Human Rights, and Violence
    Cyrille Roland Bechon, Nouveaux Droits de l’Homme Cameroun (New Human Rights Cameroon)
  • Patriarchy and Gender-Based Violence
    Binalakshmi “Bina” Nepram, Founder, Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network and The Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples, Gender Justice and Peace.

[short break]

  • Racism, Migration, and Peace
    Helena Maleno, Caminando Fronteras
  • Peace and Environmental Protection
    Speaker TBC
  • Transforming the Economy for Peace and Justice
    Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • Militarism and Colonialism
    Lisa Linda Natividad, Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice
  • Peace Education
    A-Young Moon, Peace MOMO
  • Regional Peace: Peacebuilding in the Mediterranean
    Blanca Garcés, CIDOB


Coffee break and networking


Venue: Blanquerna – Universitat Ramon Llull

  • Common Security: A Blueprint for Global and Regional Relations
    Coordinated by Eskil Grav, IPB Council Member
  • Creating a Peace Economy (Conversion)
    Coordinated by Jeroen Beirnaert, ITUC
  • Fair Elections and Peacebulding
    Coordinated by Tyson Berry Smith Jr., 4Kids International
  • The Foundations of Peace: Nuclear Abolition and International Law (including TPNW)
    Coordinated by Lucas Wirl, IALANA
  • The Increasing US Militarization of Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region
    Coordinated by the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN)
  • Indigenous Peoples Movement for Peace & Disarmament : Strengthening Alliances and Daring to Imagine An Alternate World
    Coordinated by Binalakshmi “Bina” Nepram, Founder, Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network and The Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples, Gender Justice and Peace.
  • The Impact of Nuclear Testing and Climate Change on Frontline Communities
    Coordinated by Marshallese Educational Initiative
  • The Intersection of Peace and Gender
    Coordinated by Escola de Cultura de Pau & Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
  • Journalism for Peace and Nonviolence
    Coordinated by Tony Robinson, Pressenza
  • Peace Agreements to End Wars
    Coordinated by ICIP
  • Peace Education
    Coordinated by Alain Rouy, Mouvement de la Paix
  • Peace, Racism and Migration
    Coordinated by Katerina Anastasiou, Transform! Europe
  • Tracking Corruption in the Arms Trade
    Coordinated by Corruption Tracker
  • Weapons in Space and the Digitization of Warfare
    Coordinated by Dave Webb, CND


Lunch break and networking


Venue: Blanquerna – Universitat Ramon Llull

  • Archives as a Tool to Promote Truth, Memory, and Justice
    Coordinated by the Generalitat de Catalunya, Swisspeace 
  • Climate Change, the Environment, and Peace
    Coordinated by Emma Pritchard, peace activist and IPB Youth
    Network Coordinator
  • Measuring Peace, Measuring Conflict – Introducing and Applying the Heidelberg Approach
    Coordinated by Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK)
  • Disarmament for Development: Move The Money
    Coordinated by Quique Sánchez, GCOMS
  • Environmental Protection Against War, Conflict and the Military: The Cases of Nuclear and Uranium Weapons
    The Cases of Nuclear and of Uranium Weapons
    Coordinated by Manfred Mohr, ICBUW
  • Global and Regional Approaches to Common Security and Human Security
    Coordinated by Joseph Gerson, CPDCS
  • Mediterranean as a Space of Peace
    Coordinated by Novact
  • Nuclear Weapons Free Zones (NWFZs): Strengths and Gaps
    Coordinated by Enkhsaikhan Jargalsaikhan, Blue Banner Mongolia
  • Peace, Democracy, and Participation
    Coordinated by Corazon Fabros, Stop the War Coalition Philippines
  • Peace and Religion
    Coordinated by Susan Smith, FOR-USA
  • Stronger Together for Peace: Building Campaigns and Alliances
    Coordinated by Steven Staples, PeaceQuest Leadership and Education Initiative
  • WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East
    Coordinated by the Middle East Treaty Organization (METO)


Informal gatherings: excursions, poster sessions other small events
Knowledge Café and Networking Rooms available


Peace Party, cultural and mobilizing activities (i.e. music, theatre)


Sunday – 17.10.2021

Visions for the future: Practical steps for reaching the solutions

Venue: CCCB (Hall + Pati de les Dones)
Chaired by Federico Mayor Zaragoza, former Director General of UNESCO and Chair of the Foundation
for a Culture of Peace; & TBD

  • Dialogue, Cooperation, and Understanding
    Liv Tørres, Pathfinders
  • Video Greetings
    Noam Chomsky, scientist and activist, University of Arizona
    Pope Francis (to be confirmed)
  • Round Table Discussion
    Featuring Reiner Braun, IPB Executive Director
    Veronica Krashennikova, Chamber of Civil Society Russia, Victor Ochen, Afican Youth Iniciative Network (AYINET)
    3 further speakers TBD

Venue: Blanquerna – Universitat Ramon Llull

  • Arms Trade and Military Business
    Coordinated by Wendela de Vries, Stop Wapenhandel & ENAAT
  • A Culture of Peace
    Coordinated by the Ingeborg Breines, Senior Advisor to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
  • Digital Activism in the Covid-19/Post-Covid-19 Era
    Coordinated by Sara Medi Jones, CND
  • Feminist Peace
    Coordinated by Young WILPF
  • Human Rights Defenders and Peace
    Coordinated by Ciutats Defensores
  • How People Power and Nonviolent Action is Changing the World
    Coordinated by Angelo Cardona, President of Ibero-American Alliance for Peace; and Diego Checa Hidalgo, IPAZ
  • Northeast Asia Peace, Disarmament, and Denuclearization
    Coordinated by Peace Boat/PSPD
  • Pacific Peace Network: Demilitarization and Decolonization of the Pacific
    Coordinated by the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN)
  • The Role of Peace Economics and Peace Science in the Peace Movement
    Manas Chatterji, Binghamton University
  • Strategies and Actions for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World
    Coordinated by Arielle Denis, ICAN; and Rieko Asato, Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs
  • Youth Activism and the Climate Emergency
    Tord Björk, Friends of the Earth

Venue: CCCB (Hall + Pati de les Dones)
Chaired by Reiner Braun, IPB Executive Director; & TBD

Solidarity Action with Repressed People Fighting for Peace and Freedom

  • Presentation of the Declaration/Appeal “(Re)Imagine Our World: Action for Peace, Justice, and the Climate”
  • Feminist/Intersectional Peace Work Statement
  • Presentation of Regional Action Plans/Mediterranean Forum Plan
  • Presentation of the IPB Youth Network Action Plan
  • Closing Remarks
    Philip Jennings, IPB Co-President


This is the second programme draft and all parts of the congress remain subject to changes and adjustments. All titles for plenary and workshop sessions are working titles and may be changed. The final decision on the programme will be made by the programme committee in connection with the local committee. You may contact us with inquiries at

Organized by the International Peace Bureau Regional Co-Organizer: Institut Català Internacional per la Pau (ICIP)