Geneva International Peace Research Institute
The Geneva International Peace Research Institute (GIPRI) is an independent foundation without political or religious affiliation which aims to promote the study, teaching and interdisciplinary discussion of peace-related problems. In 1988, GIPRI was recognized as a United Nations “Peace Messenger” and it was granted ECOSOC special consultative status in November 1996.
GIPRI’s most prominent activity is the organisation, with the assistance of UNIDIR and the Bernheim Hub for Peace and Citizenship at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, of French-language courses on major peace issues which take place every summer.
With the help of its network and members, GIPRI also organises conferences on essential issues in order to try to provide answers to major peace-related problems. These conferences have included “Water for Peace: Water in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”, meetings between senior officials from India and Pakistan and a 2006 conference on Iran.
In 2006, GIPRI launched its first research project supported by the Geneva International Academic Network (GIAN), in association with the political science and geography departments of the University of Geneva, the Geneva Environment Network and the IPCRI (the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information). The project, entitled “Israeli-Palestinian Water Studies: An Assessment of Twelve Years of Cooperation Efforts”, aims to evaluate the impact of these studies in order to provide recommendations to improve future cooperation between the two parties.
with international organizations, other international centres for peace and academic research centres (universities, GIAN), among others.