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Latest news and upcoming events | October 2018


  • Saying goodbye to Ambassador Mohamed Sahnoun
  • Bringing our approach to Geneva International
  • Looking back to the Caux Forum 2018

Dear Friends,

As autumn slowly settles in, we are delighted to update you about our work and our activities for the rest of this year.

The former President of IofC International and founder of the Caux Forum for Human Security, Ambassador Mohamed Sahnoun, passed away on 20 September 2018 at the age of 87, leaving behind a great legacy for Initiatives of Change and the world’s peace-building community. Cornelio Sommaruga, Honorary President of Initiatives of Change International, writes about his old friend Mohamed. Rainer Gude and John Bond, both from IofC, describe not only Mohamed's footprint in international diplomacy but his inspiring human values.

We were proud partners in this year's edition of the Geneva Peace Talks, an annual event at the UN headquarters in Geneva to mark International Peace Day, hosted by the Geneva Peace Building Platform, Interpeace and the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG). Our Strategic Partnerships Manager, Rainer Gude, was a co-moderator, giving the audience the opportunity to experience one of IofC's main tools: silent reflection. Watch the Geneva Peace Talks full video here.

More than 1,300 individuals from over 80 countries took part in the 2018 Caux Forum. Its six main events this year highlighted innovation and resilience in business and society, our role in achieving the Global Goals, restorative justice as a framework for advancing justice and peace, land restoration as an effective means of conflict resolution, tools for changemakers, and child protection mechanisms. Revisit the highlights of an enriching summer!

We thank you for your continued support and would be grateful if you could share information about our activities in Switzerland with your networks. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our events. Wishing you a lovely autumn,

The IofC Switzerland Staff


Check out our Annual Report 2017

Trust building, peacebuilding, reconciliation and ethical leadership at the heart of our activities throughout 2017.
In this report, you will read about the Caux Forum and also about our activities in Switzerland, which expanded throughout the year.



Geneva Peace Week: Peacebuilders – voices from local communities

Part of Geneva Peace Week, this event offers you personal and professional stories of individuals promoting peace in local communities. Each story is unique and shows the importance of building relationships and understanding as key steps for peacebuilding processes. This event is organized in collaboration with the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) and in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, and the Kofi Annan Foundation.

More info

Discovering testimonials and experts' views on migration and integration

The Hospice général, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and Initiatives of Change Switzerland have launched a series of conferences with the aim of informing debates in Geneva on issues related to migration and integration. The fourth and last of these conferences will explore international agreements related to migration, refugees and procedures. It will take place at GCSP's offices in Maison de la Paix.

Learn more

 Training opportunities and retreats

Develop your facilitation skills!

Group Facilitation Methods | 29 and 30 October CANCELLED

Facilitating Organisational Change | 31 Oct. and 1 Nov.
Still some places available!

This two-day course offers ICA’s perspective on change in an organizational context, introducing a series of tools and frameworks which enable people to take a more holistic view and ensure that the ‘human factor’ is included. The tools help practitioners to understand, analyze and respond to changing dynamics both outside and within an organization, as well as to consider how to support individuals through the change process.

More info

Support us

Support a young peacemaker
Some 60 young people from all over the world will gather in Caux next summer to take part in the Caux Peace and Leadership Programme. While supporting the running of the Caux Forum, they will get equipped to become positive leaders and bring about peace in their communities. Your support will enable them to travel to Switzerland.

Support now!


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