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: Espai Fontana

IPB Youth Network (IPBYN) & Local Youth Gathering

Venue: Plaça Joan Coromines

ICIP Expo:  “Cara a Cara con la Violencia: Historias de Resiliencia en América Central” guided tour

Venue: CCCB (Hall + Pati de les Dones)      Check-in

Venue: CCCB (Hall + Pati de les Dones) 
IPB in Action: Six Examples of Activities for Peace & Disarmament  

Opening Plenary Events: Threats To Peace And Security                                C
haired by Chloé Meulewaeter, IPB Council.; & Reiner Braun, IPB Executive Director.

  • Welcome

Jordi Calvo, IPB Barcelona

Lisa Clark, IPB Co-President

Kristian Herbolzheimer, ICIP

Barcelona City Council Representative

Catalan Government 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  Kazumi Matsui & Tomihisa Taue, Mayors of Hiroshima & Nagasaki
  • 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) (by video)
  • 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 (by video)
  • 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

9:30-11:30                                                    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, Fellow at Harvard University and IPB Board Member


[short break]


  • Racism, Migration, and Peace
    Helena Maleno, Caminando Fronteras
  • 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

  • The Arctic as a Space for Peace
    Coordinated by Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) & the Arctic Free Campaign
  • 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
  • The Digitization of Warfare
    Coordinated by Dave Webb, CND
  • 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)
  • Peace & Disarmament: Strengthening Alliances and Daring to Imagine An Alternate World
    Coordinated by Binalakshmi Nepram, Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network
  • The Impact of Nuclear Testing and Climate Change on Frontline Communities
    Coordinated by Marshallese Educational Initative
  • The Intersections of Peace and Gender
    Coordinated by Escola de Cultura de Pau & Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
  • Migration, Small Arms Trafficking and Grassroots Violence Under the Auspices of Big Power Politics
    Coordinated by Leo Gabriel, Prague Spring 2 Network
  • Nonviolent Journalism
    Coordinated by Tony Robinson, Pressenza
  • 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 Julia Auf dem Brinke & Ruth Rohde, Corruption Tracker
  • Women in Diaspora Building Peace
    Coordinated by ICIP

Lunch break and networking

Venue: Blanquerna – Universitat Ramon Llull

  • Advancing towards a Middle East Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction
    Coordinated by the Middle East Treaty Organization (METO)
  • Archives as a Tool to Promote Truth, Memory, and Justice
    Coordinated by Generalitat de Catalunya and Swisspeace
  • Black Lives Matter: Global Reparations and Making A Just Peace
    Coordinated by Black Lives Matter
  • Climate Change, the Environment, and Peace
    Coordinated by Emma Pritchard, peace activist and IPB Youth Network Coordinator
  • Common Security Approaches to 21st Century Conflicts, Peace, Justice & Security
    Coordinated by Joseph Gerson, CPDCS
  • Defund the Military · Defend People and the Planet
    Coordinated by Jordi Calvo Rufanges & Quique Sánchez, GCOMS
  • Environmental Protection Against War, Conflict and the Military: The Cases of Nuclear and of Uranium Weapons
    Coordinated by Manfred Mohr, ICBUW
  • Measuring Peace, Measuring Conflict – Introducing and Applying the Heidelberg Approach
    Coordinated by Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK)
  • 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 Policy in the Face of New Geopolitical Challenges
    Coordinated by Heinz Bierbaum, European Left
  • Peace, Religion and Sanctuary
    Coordinated by Susan Smith, FOR-USA
  • Stronger Together for Peace: Building Campaigns and Alliances
    Coordinated by Steven Staples, PeaceQuest Leadership and Education Initiative
  • Voices for Peace & Nonviolence from Afghanistan
    Coordinated by Community Development, Rehabilitation and Educational Organization (CDREO)

Peace Party, cultural and mobilizing activities (i.e. music, theatre)
Venue: Pati de les dones CCCB

Seán MacBride Prize Ceremony for Black Lives Matter; Exhibitions, Presentations and Other Events
Venue: Blanquerna – Universitat Ramon Llull 











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 Torres, Pathfinders
  • Video Greetings
    Noam Chomsky, Scientist and Activist, University of Arizona
    Pope Francis (to be confirmed)  Hemantha Withanage, Chair of Friends of the Earth International
    Christy Hoffman, General Secretary of UNI Global Union
  • Round Table Discussion
    Featuring Reiner Braun, IPB Executive Director
    Veronica Krashennikova, Chamber of Civil Society Russia,                              Victor Ochen, Afican Youth Iniciative Network (AYINET)                                    Josep Mayoral i Antigas, Mayor of Granollers
    Joy Onyesoh, WILPF International President
    Srishty Aware, Indian Institute for Peace, Disarmament & Environmental Protection

Venue: Blanquerna – Universitat Ramon Llull

  • 10 Years of Peace in the Basque Country: the Role of Civil Society
    Coordinated by ICIP,  Forum Social Permanente and Baketik
  • Arms Trade and Military Business
    Coordinated by Wendela de Vries, Stop Wapenhandel and ENAAT
  • A Culture of Peace
    Coordinated by Ingeborg Breines, Senior Advisor to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
  • Democracy, Elections & Peacebuilding
    Coordinated by Tyson Smith Berry Jr., 4Kids International
  • 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, IPAZArms Trade and Military Business
  • Mediterranean: Tense Horizons. How Civil Society Can Contribute to Transform Conflicts
    Coordinated by Novact
  • Northeast Asia Peace, Disarmament, and Denuclearization
    Coordinated by Peace Boat/PSPD
  • Pacific Peace Network: Demilitarization and Decolonization of the Pacific
    Coordinated by 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 WeaponsFree World
    Coordinated by Arielle Denis, ICAN; and Rieko Asato, Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs (Gensuikyo)
  • Youth Activism and the Climate Emergency
    Coordinated by Tord Björk, Friends of the Earth

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

  • Closing remarks by Black Lives Matter 
  • 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)