World Social Forum 2021 Peace Day


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Programme 24th January 2021: Thematic Space “Peace and War”: geopolitics, militarization, refugees, migration

prepared by Leo Gabriel, Kristine Karch, Reiner Braun, and Eskil Grav

Download the complete Peace Day programme here..

Registration links will be published soon on the webpages of WSF (, IPB ( and No to NATO (no to Links to the livestream and participation will be published shortly before the event on the IPB and No to NATO webpages.

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Central Panel Discussion: Universal Disarmament for Social and Ecological Transformation (English, Spanish, French Portugese)

January 24th, 2021 at 15:00 -17:00 CET (UTC+1)


  • Alexander Ač (Slovakia), Institute of Research on Global ChangeAnn Wright (Hawaii, USA), CODE PINK and Veterans for PeaceBinalakshmi Nepram (India), Manipur Women Gun Survivors and IPB BoardJan Kavan (Czech Republic) ex Minister of Foreign Affairs and chairman of the UN-General Assembly 2002/2003Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan), Nobel Peace Prize LaureateOwen Tudor (UK), Vice-Secretary General of ITUCReiner Braun (Germany), International Peace Bureau (IPB)Socorro Gomes (Brazil), president of the World Peace Council

ModeratorLeo Gabriel (Austria-Mexico), Journalist and Anthropologist, Prague Spring II network, member of the IC of the WSF.


It is impossible to achieve a Social and Ecological Transformation (which is the main goal of this WSF) without peace. This implies first of all a universal disarmament for political, economic, environmental and social reasons. This webinar will explore the strategies of the social and environmental movements for a demilitarisation of the political structures in the aftermath of the pandemic through the discussion of action oriented proposals.


Meeting ID: 943 3402 9186
Passcode: 954659


People’s Voices for Disarmament in Asia

January 24th, 2021, at 9:00 – 11:00 CET (UTC+1)

Organised by IPB


Binalakshmi Nepram (India), Manipur Women Gun Survivors and IPB Board Member

Enkhsaikhan Jargalsaikhan (Mongolia), Blue Banner and IPB Board Member

Eskil M. Grav (Norway), IPB Staff-Member

JunKyu Lee (South Korea), IPB Board Member

Yayoi Tsuchida (Japan), Assistant Secretary General of Gensuikyo

Roland Simbulan (Philippines), Author, Scholar, and Nuclear Weapons Activist

Moderator: Corazon Valdez Fabros (Philippines), Vice-President IPB


This webinar will introduce trends of disarmament issues in Asia, with highlight on the stories of victories and ongoing peoples resistance against militarization in the region. Conclude with Recommendations and proposals for important campaigns that need to be addressed or developed urgently and ways forward.

Zoom Details:

Meeting ID: 973 8851 7995

Passcode: 695655

Preventing War Through Collaboration And Dialogue (English, Spanish, Russian)

January 24th, 2021 at 11:00 – 15:00 CET (UTC+1)

Organised by PragueSpring2


  • on Nagorno-Karabakh:
    • Aram Amirbekian (Armenia), Academic and Anti-War Activist
    • Bahruz Samadov (Azerbaijan)
  • on the conflict in Donbass:
    • Nina Potorska (Ukraine), Political Scientist
    • Andreij Kochetov (Lugansk), Trade Union Leader
  • on the war in Syria:
    • Omar Alshaar (Syria), International Movement for Peace in Syria
    • Samir Abullaban (Istanbul), Muslim Brotherhood
    • Nilüfer Koc (Kurdistan-Germany), Solidarity movement with Rojava
  • on the Resistance in Palestine and Peace in Israel
    • Iman Shaker (Palestine-Austria) BDS
    • Farid Esack (South Africa) Muslim theologist Solidarity Movement with Palestine
    • Yoav Haifawi (Palestine/Israel) One Democratic State solution
  • on the Sahrawi People
    • El Hiba Abdelouhab (Sahrawi) Africa watch
  • introduction on common strategy for transformation
    • Tamas Krausz (Hungary), Historian and Political Philosopher

Moderator: Kate Hudson (UK), CND, No to war – no to NATO network.


What can social movements do to promote peace and prevent war? In this webinar we will first discuss the ongoing processes of collaboration and dialogue as tools in the pursuit of peace in four different areas of conflict (Nagorno-Karabakh, Donbass, Syria and Palestine) and then ask the question, what the different peace-activities can learn from each other in order to establish a common strategy for the transformation of conflicts.

Zoom Details:

Meeting ID: 993 9448 7928

Passcode: 885079

Militarism: Violence against Women as a Weapon of war

January 24th, 2021, at 11:00 – 13 CET (UTC+1)

Organized by Women against NATO

Round Table:

Amela Skiljan (Bosnia & Herzegovina), IPB and International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) Board

Cyrille Rolande Bechon (Cameroon), Nouveaux Droits de l’Homme           Cameroun (NDH)

Judith Mirkinson (USA), President “Comfort Women” Justice Coalition, San Francisco and former President of the National Lawyers Guild SF/Bay Area Chapter

Ria Verjauw (Belgium), Leuvense Vredesbeweging and Belgische en          Internationale Coalitie ‘Stop Uranium Weapons’

Suzuyo Takazato (Japan), President of Okinawa Women Against Military   Violence and International Women’s Network Against Militarism

Moderation: Corazon Valdez Fabros (Philippines), Vice-President IPB and Kristine Karch (Germany), International network ‘No to war – no to NATO’


In this webinar we will discuss the question of gender based violence in the military itself and also in conflict region and during war. Examples could be the Boko Haram in Africa, the IS in West Asia, COMFORT WOMEN in Asia, the rapes and sex industry in Bosnia, but also the feminicide in Latin America. We should not only analyse the problems, but also discuss the possibilities for reconciliation on the one hand and prevention on the other.


Meeting-ID: 827 3570 9540

Passcode: 246755

Militarism and Climate Change

            January 24th, 2021, at 11:00 – 13:00 CET (UTC+1)


Dr. Andrew Boswell (UK), Independent Scientist, UK’s Norwich Green party

Helena Craig (UK/Bangladesh), conservationist & environmentalist,    founder of Black2Nature

Detmer Kremer (USA), Quaker Voluntary Service fellow and Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.

Moderator: Anya (UK), London Students for Yemen


Although military and climate are very much intertwined, often social movements, campaigns and awareness do not reflect this. They are often seen as separate issues. This seminar will bring together people involved in the climate movement and others involved in the peace movement to speak on militarism, climate change, and how they interlink.

Zoom Details:

Meeting ID: 878 0838 9070

Passcode: justice

Military: Environment and Climate Killer

January 24th, 2021, at 13:00 – 15:00 CET (UTC+1)

Organized by Campaign Stopp Air Base Ramstein and International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES)


Claus Montonen (Finland), INES Board, University of Helsinki

Tamara Lorincz (Canada), Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, IPB Council, No to NATO

Moderator: Karl Heinz Peil (Germany), Campaign Stopp Air Base Ramstein


This webinar will address the damages of military and military installations to nature and the environment. It will explore this issue from multiple angles and in several regions, with speakers from Europe, East Asia, and North America.


Meeting-ID: 813 2722 0855

Passcode: 179975

Militarization and Migration – the world of Human Right Defenders (English/Spanish)

January 24th, 2021, at 17:00 – 19:00 CET (UTC+1)

Organised PragueSpring2


Amable Hernandez (Honduras), Mayor of Santa Barbara; Central American Network of progressive mayors

Daniela Gonzalez (Mexico), Coordinator of the Human Rights Observatory

Father Alejandro Solalinde (Mexico), on the “Casas de Migrantes”

Ismael Ortiz (El Salvador), INJUVE – Institute of Youth in El Salvador

José Antonio Foronda (Mexico), Lawyer, on Peoples Tribunals for Migrants

Moderator: Katerina Anastasiou (Austria/Greece), Transform! Europe


The priority given to national and many times nationalistic security in dealing with the worldwide phenomenon of migration has led to a militarisation of certain areas, especially on the borders between Central America, Mexico and the USA. What can civil society do to stop the ongoing violence and corruption and to promote a radical change of policies towards refugees and migrants.

Zoom Details:

Meeting ID: 945 9808 3927

Passcode: 024248

Military Spending Costs Us The Earth – GCOMS

January 24th, 2021, at 17:00 – 19:00 CET (UTC+1)

Organized by Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS) and IPB


Colin Archer (UK), former IPB Secretary‐General and Sean MacBride Peace Prize Winner

Chloé Meulewaeter (Belgium), GCOMS Office and Centre Delàs

Francesco Vignarca (Italy), Italian disarmament and peace network

Tori Bateman (USA), American Friends Service Committee

Quique Sánchez (Spain), Centre Delàs and GCOMS Coordinator

Moderator: Jordi Calvo (Spain), IPB Vice-President and Centre Delàs


In this session experts and activists of IPB’s Global Campaign On Military Spending will discuss current levels of military spending globally from a critical perspective, arguing that ever-growing military power perpetuates and exacerbates conflicts and instability, does not provide security to people and prevents us from adequately dealing with the global challenges we’re facing, as though climate change, pandemics or increasing inequality and migration.


For Peace, Justice & Democracy: U.S. Movement Perspectives

January 24th, 2021, at 17:00 -19:00 CET (UTC+1)

Organized by Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security (CPDCS)


Rev. Karlene Griffiths Sekou (USA), Co-Director of BLM Grassroots and Core Lead Organizer of BLM Boston

Lindsay Koshgarian (USA), Director, National Priorities Project

Michael Klare (USA), Military Affairs Editor of The Nation Magazine, Co-Founder Committee for a Sane U.S.-China Policy.

Moderator: Joseph Gerson (USA), IPB vice President, President CPDCS


This webinar will present leading voices from the U.S. justice and peace movements, summarizing the challenges the U.S. people face and the priorities of the U.S. justice, peace and democracy movements.

Registration: Webinar Registration – Zoom

Nuclear Weapons: Challenging This External Threat Together

January 24th, 2021, at 19:00 -21:00 CET (UTC+1)

Organised by International Peace Bureau (IPB)


Chuck Johnson (USA), International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)

Ludo de Brabander (Belgium), Vrede, No to NATO

Marion Küpker (Germany), Büchel is überall – Nuclear Weapons Free Germany

Oleg Bodrov (Russia), Public Council of the Gulf of Finland, IPB Council

Moderator: Arielle Denis (France), IPB Board


Still 13 400 nuclear weapons owned by 9 countries, are threatening the very survival of humankind and our environment. On January 22nd, 2021, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will enter into force; can this momentum bring us to the total elimination of nuclear weapons? What is the situation in the USA, Russia, and European “nuclear weapons supporting states”, members of NATO alliance? And what can we do NOW?

Zoom Details:

Meeting ID: 974 7431 0623

Passcode: 346393

Military Bases: Environment and Geostrategic Impacts

January 24th, 2021, at 19:00 – 21:00 CET (UTC+1)

Organized by Campign Stopp Air Base Ramstein, No to NATO, IPB


Alain Rouy (France), IPB Board Member and Movement de la Paix

A-Young Moon (South Korea), IPB Council Member and PEACEMOMO

Joe Lombardo (USA), The Unitd National AntiWar Colition (UNAC)

Suzuyo Takazatu (Japan), Okinawa Peace Alliance (tbc)

Moderator: Reiner Braun, IPB Executive Director and Campaign Stopp Air Base Ramstein


More than 1000 military bases exist in the world, more than 800 are either under US or NATO command. What is the geostrategic impact of the military bases? What can we learn from the fights against military bases in Ramstein, Okinawa or South Korea. How we can convert military bases?


Meeting-ID: 863 0095 2443

Passcode: 303759

Divest-Reinvest: Towards a Local Peace Economy

            January 24th, 2021, at 19:00 – 21:00 CET (UTC+1)

Organized by World Beyond War


David Swanson (USA), Co-Founder & Executive Director World BEYOND War

Kelly Curry (USA) CODEPINK Local Peace Economy Organizer

Susi Snyder (Netherlands), Coordinator for Don’t Bank on the Bomb

Moderator: Greta Zarro (USA), Organizing Director, World BEYOND War


Divestment gives direct agency to individuals and communities to cut ties to destructive industries. In this panel, three leading organizers will present case studies of successful & diverse divestment models, including fossil fuel and weapons divestment. Beyond divestment, we will explore how divestment must be paired with reinvestment strategies that advance a just transition from a war economy to a peace economy.


Global NATO – All Countries Are Affected By NATO

January 24th, 2021, at 21:00 – 23:00 CET (UTC+1)

Organized by international network No to war – no to NATO (No to NATO)


Ann Wright (USA), Code Pink and Veterans for Peace, No to NATO

David Swanson (USA), World Beyond War

Ingela Martensson (Sweden), Women for Peace

Julieta Daza (Columbia/Venezuela), Juventud Rebelde, Campaign Stopp Air Base Ramstein

Ludo De Brabander (Belgium), vrede vzw

Pablo Dominguez (Montenegro), Save Sinjajevina Montains

Moderator: Kristine Karch (Germany), No to NATO’


In this webinar, we will not only show that the largest military alliance in the world, NATO, is a war machine that affects each country in different ways. Not only NATO members push militarization in their countries, but also non-members support it, as they are involved in NATO policy through cooperation agreements such as Partnership for Peace, Mediterranean Dialogue and others.


Meeting-ID: 869 3857 7515

Passcode: 012727

COVID-19 Global Solidarity Manifesto: Transforming Structures of Inequity and Violence, Redistributing Wealth and Power

January 24th, 2021, at 21:00 – 23:00 CET (UTC+1)

Organized COVID-19 Global Solidarity Coalition


Harry Cason,

Peter Kuznick,

Chie Miyagi,

Randa Bassem Serhan,

David Vine,

Eirene Visvardi


This participatory session will allow audience members to discuss the COVID-19 Global Solidarity Manifesto and how to turn its principles into realities. Participants will discuss how the Manifesto can assist their own social movements and others movements worldwide. The session will strategize about disseminating the Manifesto more widely and how to ensure its greatest impact. Some of the authors of the Manifesto, from the COVID-19 Global Solidarity Coalition, will describe the Coalition’s upcoming campaigns, including a New Global Compact, a speaker series, and a campaign to thank nurses, doctors, teachers, social workers, and others serving humanity during the pandemic and beyond.


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