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 Nuclear Abolition Forum, WFC Disarmament Program, PNND parliamentary outreach and engagement, and MPI Framework Forum. The Basel Peace Office brings international organisations to Basel that have a long record of successful work on international security and nuclear disarmament.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- Norway Disarmament for Development Fund
- Kazakhstan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nazarbayev Centre
- Numerous individual supporters of the Basel Run for Peace