Who we are
Institute for Peace and Dialogue (IPD) is an independent, international non-profit and non-religious institute located in Lucerne, Switzerland, where it dedicates itself to the promotion of prevention of conflicts between and within states, companies and communities by strengthening institutional dialogue, mediation and academic education with the participation of civil societies, INGOs, business and state institutions. To achieve its purpose, IPD can provide its beneficiaries with academic-scientific programs, institutional broad research-survey outputs, publication of educational materials, carrying out mediation, negotiation, reconciliation initiatives as well as reports.
IPD invites state organs, companies, INGOs, think tank centres, researchers, media and interested public actors for the cooperation and implementation of creative, innovative, effective and sustainable initiatives for the sake of empowering constructive intercultural dialogue, mediation, global governance, responsible leadership, peaceful conflict transformation, active world citizenship, human security and welfare.
Our vision is the education of an institutionalized civil society platform in peace-building, mediation, conflict transformation and intercultural dialogue, to convey a peaceful approach and behavior.
Our mission is to empower civil society capacities in peace-building, mediation, intercultural dialogue and peace education, to build up a solution-oriented positive thinking in their works, community and family in order to have positive impact for the whole society.
Brief Info in Peacebuilding, Mediation & Conflict Resolution
Nowadays unfortunately several frozen or ongoing conflicts between or within states, companies and communities still exist. Conflicts are different and if we look to the world mankind, how they are facing many new challenges, coupled with new dangerous situations, i.e. terrorist acts, non-legal arming of conflict sides, re-determination of borders, establishing new countries in the world map, non-providing territorial integrity, trafficking of arms, drugs and human; disputes on the implementation of transnational energy projects, democratization and false elections, revolution and internal political conflicts, armed guerrilla movements, violation and discrimination by nationalists, world economic crisis, conflicts between company and clients/partners or competitors, climate change and unsafely biodiversity etc. Unfortunately the list is long. Conflicts are related and an integral part of human beings, as conflicts cause violation of human rights.
Existing conflicts weaken every kind of cooperation between nations, companies and states. Without mutual cooperation and understanding, the future prosperity of the region would remain only as a good dream. Taking into consideration of peaceful behaviour and engagements, we can make a decision on the strict belief, that opportunities for solving conflicts are feasible. Because in every conflict situation and tension forms we consequently face the below mentioned common situations:
1. Desperate situation and non-solving problems are not eternal.
2. It is possible to make common decision which both sides.
3. We can find common values, traditions and similar situation among conflict parties.
4. Protracted conflicts on the same time endanger regional development and prosperity.
5. Any mediation and negotiation actions are better than nothing.