Making Peace


Images from a century of action for disarmament, justice, and sustainable development

A photo exhibition by the International Peace Bureau (IPB)

Photo:Marc Riboud

Peace march against the Vietnam War,
Washington DC, USA, 1967.

About the exhibition

Making Peace is a major photo exhibition that pays tribute to the people who —all over the planet— devote their time, energy and resources to the cause of peace and how these persons and organizations have shaped and influenced the course of the 20th century. Despite two World Wars and many bloody conflicts, there have been significant triumphs, such as the end of the Cold War and the apartheid regime, the banning of antipersonnel land-mines and the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) - all of which were in large part the result of civil society efforts.

At the same time Making Peace explains what 5 elements  - shown in coloured sections - are necessary to create a 'sustainable peace':

  • Disarmament and Nonviolence
  • Conflict Prevention and Resolution
  • Economic and Social Justice
  • Human Rights, Law and Democracy
  • Environment and Sustainable Development

According to the IPB in order to create a sustainable peace, all 5 elements need to be present; if one is missing then peace will remain fragile. Importantly an educational guide is available for teachers and students to use freely in the classroom. Please contact our educational staff for more detail.

In the words of Mr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza, President of the Foundation for a Culture of Peace and former Director-General of UNESCO: "this is  an extraordinarily powerful exhibition that pays tribute to a century of peace making and a wide range of peacemakers across the globe. At the same time it serves as a call to action for ordinary citizens to become involved in peace activities of all kinds, and in so doing to promote a global culture of peace".

About the International Peace Bureau (IPB)

The International Peace Bureau (IPB) is the world’s oldest peace federation. With 320 member organisations in 70 countries, the IPB is dedicated to the vision of a World Without War. Its current programme centres on Sustainable Disarmament for Sustainable Development. The IPB was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1910.  Since then, thirteen leading figures of the organization have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 2013 also marks one hundred years since Henri La Fontaine - then President and co-founder of the IPB - received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Making Peace is curated by Ashley Woods / REAL Exhibition Development. Read more about the exhibition at the website for Making Peace.

Making Peace in Sweden is made with support from PostkodLotteriet. The prints are made with support from HP.

Svenska PostkodlotterietHP

Behind the scenes

Photo: Luiz Vasconcelos
As the exhibition is being constructed you can follow the progress here.

Exhibition Events

Photo: Hans Gedda
The Nobel Museum will feature a broad range of events in conjunction to the exhibition.

Making Peace: stories

Together with refugee children the Nobel Museum has created a complement to Making Peace.


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