International Peace Bureau

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International Peace Bureau

The International Peace Bureau is dedicated to the vision of a World Without War. We are a Nobel Peace Laureate (1910), and over the years 13 of our officers have been recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. Our more than 300 member organisations in 70 countries, and individual members, form a global network bringing together expertise and campaigning experience in a common cause. IPB has UN Consultative Status since 1977 and is the Secretariat for the NGO Committee for Disarmament (Geneva).IPB works on a range of peace related issues and our main present program centers on Disarmament for Sustainable Development, of which the Global Day of Action on Military Spending and the Global Campaign on Military Spending are key parts. IPB is presently preparing for the world congress : Disarm! For a Climate of Peace, in Berlin 30.09-3.10 2015. We believe that by reducing funding for the military sector, significant amounts of money could be released for social projects which could lead to the fulfillment of real human needs and the protection of the environment and have suggested a worldwide 10% reduction in military spending per year over the 15 years of the new UN Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Representing the the International Peace Bureau at the 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is Ingeborg Breines. Ingeborg Breines has a humanistic education in philosophy, French literature, history of ideas and history of the arts with a MA from the University of Nantes and master (cand.philol) from the University of Oslo. She has background from teaching and from the Norwegian National Council for Innovation in Education. She served as Secretary-General of the Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO before joining UNESCO Headquarters, where she first held the position as Special Adviser to the Director-General on Women and Gender, then as Director of the Women and the Culture of Peace Program. Subsequently she was appointed Director of the UNESCO Office in Islamabad and the UNESCO Liaison Office in Geneva. After retirement from UNESCO she was for some three years Director of Nordland Academy for Arts and Sciences, Northern Norway. Ingeborg Breines has served on a broad range of boards and committees. She has authored, co-authored or edited publications notably on gender issues, conflict resolution and a culture of peace, e.g. for UNESCO: “Towards a Women’s Agenda for a culture of Peace”, “Male roles, Masculinities and Violence. A culture of Peace Perspective” and “Building the foundations of peace. 60 women for the 60 years of UNESCO”. She is reelected for a second period as co-president of the International Peace Bureau, IPB, Geneva. She has close relations with Norwegian peace organizations, and is e.g on the board of the Norwegian UN Association and the Norwegian Forum on Development and Environment.

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July 7, 2014