About Us

 

The Geneva Peacebuilding Platform is a partnership between four institutions with rich and diversified peacebuilding-related experience, which represent altogether a unique combination of skills and a long record of excellence in their specific sector.

The Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) is the Graduate Institute’s focal point for research in the areas of conflict analysis, humanitarianism, peacebuilding, and the complex relationships between security and development. Its research projects focus on the factors and actors that are implicated in the production and reproduction of violence within and between societies and states, as well as on policies and practices to reduce violence and insecurity and enhance development and peacebuilding initiatives at the international, state, and local levels. While building its reputation around scholarly excellence and academic rigour, the CCDP sets itself apart as a “hands on” establishment with a primary focus on effective policy work and field presence. Its team of faculty members and researchers have a wealth of experience working with international stakeholders at both headquarters and in-country, and have conducted numerous evaluations and assessments.

Interpeace has been working since 1994 with societies divided by violent conflict to create lasting peace. Interpeace focuses on reinforcing local capacities to overcome deep social divisions and to address conflict in non-violent ways. Interpeace works with local peacebuilding teams, made up of nationals from the country concerned, to facilitate dialogue with all sectors of society. These dialogue processes enable populations directly affected by conflict to rebuild trust, to define priorities for social, economic and political rehabilitation, to find consensus-based solutions to conflict, and to assist with their implementation. Interpeace works in partnership with the UN through its Joint Programme Unit for UN/Interpeace Initiatives.

The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) was established in 1995 to provide expert training in security policy and peacebuilding. The GCSP is engaged in four areas of activities: 1) Training in international peace and security, with a special focus on the globalising security environment; 2) Research; 3) Conferences; and 4) Dialogue. The GCSP's core activity is the provision of expert training in comprehensive international peace and security policy for mid-career diplomats, military officers, and civil servants from foreign, defence, and other relevant ministries, as well as from international organisations. The GCSP's activities focus on the following thematic areas: Challenges to Peace and Security; Global and Regional Issues, Institutions; Conflict Management and Peacebuilding; and Geopolitical Implications of Globalisation.

The Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) is engaged since 1945 in facilitating dialogue with the international civil society to promote positive peace worldwide. Located in Geneva and New York, it represents Quakers through the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC). FWCC enjoys General Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council, as an international non-governmental organisation. QUNO came into existence shortly after the founding of the UN in 1945 and since then has worked to support efforts to enhance disarmament and arms control, the peaceful resolution of conflict, human rights, economic justice, and good governance. QUNO undertakes a broad spectrum of activities that aim to promote common understanding, enhance appropriate policy development, and strengthen concerted action by states and international institutions.