Events

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 info@unfoldzero.org 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
Contact info@baselpeaceoffice.org

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 info@unfoldzero.org

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

www.makingpeace.org

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

Free

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 alyn@pnnd.org 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

Contact info@baselpeaceoffice.org

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

Featuring:
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

Featuring:
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)

 

Sports and games workshop

Resolving Conflicts and Creating Peace through Sports and Cooperative Games

Basel Peace Office workshop for youth - May 24-26, 2013

Report by Elisa Schmidt. Photos by Jonas Rohloff

The first sports and peace workshop took place on May 24th-26th, in cooperation with the Basel Peace Office, Ban All Nukes generation and the Youth Future Project. The idea was born at the Visionaries in Action Conference 2012, where Alyn Ware, winner of the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize, inspired the conference participants with his cooperative games.

Our workshop weekend started on Friday evening with a public opening event at the University of Basel with inspiring examples of how sports can be used to create peace in schools, communities, as well as in civil and armed conflicts:


Alyn Ware
, consultant of the Basel Peace Office, gave an impressive report of his peace work in schools and at political level. He uses cooperative games to resolve conflicts according to the win-win principle, builds confidence and promotes cooperative behaviour. During a workshop on the Kashmir-Jammu Conflict, he juggled together with Indian and Pakistani politicians to create a work atmosphere of trust, to give an example.


At the New York Marathon 2011, he ran together with Wilson Kipketer, long-time 800 meters world record holder, for the organisation Peace and Sport. Wilson shared very personal information about his life. In his opinion, sport has always been the unifying element that brings people together, builds understanding of other cultures and teaches how to deal with challenges. After a severe malaria infection, which the multiple world champion suffered at the peak of his career, he had to start from scratch and to learn again how to move, before he could celebrate his comeback. As a former top athlete, he now wants to encourage especially young people by telling his story. His main message is: ”Get up, don’t give up because you can make a change“.


Maren Kröger
reported on the work of the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) in Geneva. One of the main projects is the “Youth Leadership Camp”, a multi-day meeting for socially disadvantaged young people who work on sport-based grassroot projects in their communities and thereby contribute to a social change.


Roland Pavloski
, former basketball coach of the Starwings Basket Regio Basel, presented the project “Midnight basketball”, which enables disadvantaged teenagers to play a free and peaceful basketball game.


Bert Ballegeer
, project manager of the Belgian Homeless Cup, impressively explained how regular sports can give more structure in life and how it helps to develop the character. Besides his work for the Homeless Cup, Bert also works for the organisation “Flanders Peace Fields” which organises and executes national and international peace projects which are arranged in remembrance of the Christmas Truce. On Christmas Eve in 1914, there was a fraternisation between British, French, Belgian and German soldiers. Together they sang Christmas songs and played football between the trenches.


At the end of the opening event, Carola Szemerey presented the work of the Youth Future Project and the youth network Ban All Nukes generation and inspired the audience with a first group dynamics exercise.

Full of inspiration, the evening was capped off with a barbecue party with tasty vegan burgers in the Institute of Sociology.

Saturday:  

On Saturday morning, the programme included team building games and the topic of conflict resolution. After an exhausting climbing on top of mount Kilimanjaro with Alessa and her axe, Carola with her clown, Elisa with her energy drink and Jonas with his joke, we solved the Gordian knot and got to know the positive experiences of the participants from the past week.


Already grown together as a team, we turned to the topic of conflict resolution. By playing the game “hands on hips”, we learned in a fun way that most of us are very influenced by the wish to win and to beat others (win-lose principle). It was interesting that those who reached the highest score, acted according to the win-win principle, a constellation which only results from the cooperation and working towards a common goal. Based on this finding, we learned the practical method of conflict resolution of Edward de Bono “Explore both sides”.

After the lunch break, we went to the gym and played trust exercises and cooperative games, special highlights were the cooperation games with the parachute and earth ball. Again, we climbed the Kilimanjaro, hid in his caves, made blind motor races, played chest without speaking and transformed ourselves into crazy machines.

After all these adventures, a great reward was awaiting us in the evening: Daniela Schlettwein-Gsell, a supporter of the Basel Peace Office, invited us into her beautiful house. There, we watched the movie Joyeux Noel (the 1914 soccer truce) and talked with Bert Ballegeer about our impressions. In a comfortable atmosphere with pizza, delicious chocolate mousse and nice conversations, we let the very eventful day come to an end.

Sunday:

Full of energy, on Sunday we started with the simulation game “red or blue”, an adaptation of the famous prisoner’s dilemma from the game theory.

We built two groups with the objective to achieve the maximum result. We quickly realised that the maximum result can only be achieved together and, therefore, we merged to the “crazy purple people carrot eaters”. This even surprised our game master Alyn Ware. How do cooperation and solidarity in favour of the common good develop? In our case, the most important reasons have been trust, communication, common decision finding, as well as similar interests.

Finally, we tried out the creative thinking and learned different exercises from the area of lateral thinking, a method which helps to change rigid patterns of thinking and to explore new and unusual ways.


In the final reflection, we all agreed that we had a lot of fun in the workshop. We learned how sports and cooperative games can form community and peace. This is possible, if non-violence, trust, the win-win idea and cooperation are in the centre of interest. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces and to discover again the child in us. We want to share this experience with others, therefore, we want to organise further workshops and activities, for example at conferences, in educational institutions or games afternoons with friends.

Thanks to all for this wonderful weekend!

More photos on Flickr

SportsPeaceWorkshop2013 – Descriptions of the games

 

(Text: Elisa Schmidt, Photos: Jonas Rohloff)

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