Thursday December 7.
Basel University, Hörsaal 001
18:00 - 20:00

Premier screening of the award-winning movie 'Where the Wind Blew' about the impact of nuclear tests in Nevada and Kazakhstan. Screenign is followed by discussion with representatives of Kazakhstan.

Basel University, September 14 - September 17

An international conference on the human impact of nuclear weapons and power, legal cases on behalf of victims, and protection of future generations.

Monday Jan 16. 16:30-18:30. Sydney Room, Floor 2, Messe Center, Messeplatz 21, Basel.

Europe could be caught in nuclear cross-fire between Russia and the United States. Join us for a discussion with Swiss and international speakers on new threats from nuclear weapons and what can be done about it.

Kazakh Room (Cinema XIV), Palais des Nations, Geneva.
September 27, 2016. 15:00 - 17:00.

Special event featuring
* Ela Gandhi (grand-daughter of Mahatma Gandhi and Co-President of Religions for Peace);
* Chain Reaction 2016 video, a series of nuclear disarmament actions and events around the world;

* Presentation of the Astana Vision declaration to the United Nations.

Please register at by September 22

Issues and proposals for taking forward nuclear disarmament
Framwork Forum roundtable for invited governments
April 18, 2016
Hosted by the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN, Geneva
Co-sponsored by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

From the NPT to the UN General Assembly: Filling the legal gap to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons

Geneva, 1 September 2015, 13:15-18:00

Restaurant Layalina 121 rue de Lausanne, and Auditorium Jacques Freymond, rue de Lausanne 132       

Sponsored by Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, Middle Powers Initiative, Basel Peace Office and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Geneva
Supported by the Right Livelihood Award Foundation and World Future Council

Screenings in various locations in Switzerland during the week September 21-26

Directed by Peter Anthony
Featuring: Stanislav Petrov, Kevin Costner, Sergey Shnrynov, Matt Damon, Natalia Vdovina & Robert de Niro

On the night of September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov disobeyed military protocol and probably prevented a nuclear holocaust. He says that he is not a hero. 'I was just in the right place at the right time.' You decide!


Wave goodbye to nukes! 24 hours of actions in capitals and other cities around the world April 26-27, 2015

Framework Forum roundtable
Monday September 8, 2014, 13:00 – 18:00
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Auditoire Jaques Freymond, rue de Lausanne 132 , Geneva

By invitation only

Kazakh Room (Cinema Room XIV),
Palais des Nations, United Nations, Geneva
September 25, 16:00 - 17:30
followed by refreshments

Organised by UNFOLD ZERO and the Basel Peace Office
Hosted by the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs

A UN pass is required to attend. Contact

18 August to 15 October 2014
Oberer Rheinweg, Basel, Between Mittlere Brücke (Middle Bridge) and Wettstein Bridge

Late October until early December 2014
Theatrestrasse, Basel. From Elizabethenkirche to Barfusserplatz

Sunday August 17, 6pm – 9pm
Im Fluss stage on the Rhine
Oberer Rheinweg, Basel


PLAYforRIGHTS presents a Youth Music Performance to commemorate World Humanitarian Day

A range of live music featuring ERROR 404 brass band ensemble from Musik Akademie Basel

July 4 - 5
Basel, Switzerland

Hosted by Guy Morin, President of the Basel-Stadt Canton
Organised by the Basel Peace Office

Mayors, parliamentarians and civil society!
Join us in Basel to share initiatives, network with others and advance the cooperative security framework for peace, prosperity and nuclear disarmament.

Chernobyl exhibition and the Rhine
Kleinbasel, Basel
Sunday April 13, afternoon

With Basel Peace Office and Environmental Award laureates participating in the 3rd International Convention of Environmental Laureates.

13:00: Photo exhibition of Chernobyl nuclear disaster
by Alexander Hofmann
Basel Art Center, Riehentorstrasse 33, Basel
Discounted group rate 15 CHF (normal entry is 22 CHF)

13:50 Lunch
Merian Spitz Cafe, Rheingasse 2

15:30. Rhine Promenade, water-powered ferry, Munster

RSVP to or +41 788 912 156

International Day of Sport for Peace and Development
Sunday April 6, 2014

Carton Blanc photo event and short peace run/cycle in Basel
Followed by an informal talk on peace and sport – peace bike rides

3pm: Run/cycle along the Rhine from Oberer Rheinweg (under Wettstein Bridge) to the Three Countries Corner
4pm: Carton Blanc photo event at Three Countries Corner, Dreiländereck
5pm: Light meal and talk at Restaurant Schiff


Act now to encourage your country to engage in the OEWG. Organize a public event with motive of “opening the door to a nuclear weapons free world”!

Tuesday 21 May, 2013
13:15 – 14:45
Room XI, Building A, UN Geneva

Side-event of Open Ended Working
Group on Nuclear Disarmament

Launch of the 2nd edition of the Nuclear Abolition Forum
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
12:30 – 14:00
Geneva Centre for Security Policy
WMO/OMM Building Avenue de la Paix 7bis, Geneva

Ambassador Urs Schmid (Switzerland)
Ambassador Nobuyasu Abe (Japan)
Jean-Marie Collin (PNND, France)
Marc Finaud (Program Adviser, GCSP)
Alyn Ware (Founder, Nuclear Abolition Forum, New Zealand)
Teresa Bergman (Researcher, Basel Peace Office)

6pm, Friday May 24
University of Basel, Lecture Hall 001
Petersgraben, Basel

Wilson Kipketer, runner. Current world record holder for the 800 and 1000 meters (indoors).
Spokesperson for L’organisation pour la Paix par le Sport (Peace and Sport)
Paol Hansen, Special Adviser UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace
Carola Szemerey, Youth Future Project
Henk Van Nieuwenhove, Flanders Peace Field project  (the 1914 Soccer Truce)


About us

The Basel Peace Office is established to advance research, teaching and policy-development programs dedicated to international peace, conflict resolution and security to achieve the global abolition of nuclear weapons.

The Basel Peace Office works on a number of programs including the Climate-Nuclear Nexus, Engaging Legislators, Framework Forum, Humanitarian consequences and the law, Nuclear Abolition Forum, Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones, Sports and Peace and UNFOLD ZERO.  The Basel Peace Office brings international organisations to Basel that have a long record of successful work on international security and nuclear disarmament.

The Basel Peace Office is a proud member of Abolition 2000, the global network to abolish nuclear weapons.

Founding organisations

On August 16th 2012 the Basel Peace Office was founded by the Canton of Basel-Stadt, the University of Basel Sociology Seminary of the Department of Social Sciences, swisspeace and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Switzerland (IPPNW) together with their international partners World Future Council (WFC), Global Security Institute (GSI), Middle Powers Initiative (MPI) and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND). In 2016,  Schweizer Anwälte für Nukleare Abrüstung (the Association of Swiss Lawyers for Nuclear Disarmament) joined as a member organisation of the Basel Peace Office.

About the logo

The Basel Peace Office logo was designed by Jana Jedličková and Alyn Ware.  It represents the Rhine river and a bridge across the river. The Rhine is a central feature of Basel serving as a scenic beauty, a method of transport, a source of water and electricity, and a place to swim and cool off in the summer. Bridges, both historic and new, are also a famous feature of Basel, linking communities on both sides of the river – creating bridges for peace.

The seven overlapping strands making up the river in the Basel Peace Office logo represent the seven partner organisations – the World Future Council, Middle Powers Initiative, Global Security Institute, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, swisspeace, IPPNW Switzerland and the University of Basel Sociology Department. The logo shows the strands mixing together in cooperation – producing the range of Basel Peace Office programs and activities - as the water flows under the bridge. The Canton of Basel, represented by the bridge, connects the organisations and programs.  

The Basel Peace Office logo is reminiscent of the Basel Canton emblem which symbolizes a bishop's crozier and dates back to 999 when Basel began being ruled by prince-bishops.The Basel Peace Office logo is embraced within a circle representing the world and indicating the emergence of Basel as a key player in world affairs.


The Basel Peace Office relies on donations and grants in order to undertake its programs. Please contact if you would like to make a donation.

The Basel Peace Office thanks the following for their financial support:

  • Canton of Basel-Stadt - Office of the President
  • Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Frauen fur den Frieden (Switzerland)
  • Grassroots Foundation (Germany)
  • Quaker Peace and Service (New Zealand)
  • NonProliferation Research (UK)
  • The Simons Foundation (Canada)
  • Individual donors Prof (em) Dr Andreas Nidecker (Switzerland), Gray Southon (New Zealand), Gwen Struik (New Zealand) and others

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