International Institute for Peace

The International Institute For Peace (IIP) was founded in Vienna, Austria in 1956. It was established to conduct research on peace and promote peaceful resolution to conflict. The IIP works worldwide with various organisations such as Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and United Nations Organization for Education, Science, Culture and Communication (UNESCO) in order to implement practices of peace on a global scale.


The International Institute for Peace was founded in Vienna in 1956.[1] In 1989, Erwin Lanc re-founded the institute as a non-governmental organization and introduced new statutes. Since 1989 the IIP is an Austrian association according to Austrian Law and is independent from any state. It has consultative status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and the United Nations Organization for Education, Science, Culture and Communication (UNESCO). The current president is Dr. Hannes Swoboda.[1]


The International Institute for Peace is an international non-governmental organization that gained consultative status with UNESCO in 2011. IIP and UNESCO work together to address any violence that takes place in the world, mainly in areas of high population. Cases are analyzed and members of IIP and UNESCO attempt to find peaceful resolution to the situation. IIP's work helps UNESCO meet its constitutional goal to build peace in the minds of people.[2]

The IIP efforts include:

  • incorporating peace-building practices into various aspects such as art, climate change and the environment
  • provide mediation efforts for those who are in very stressful/violent situations (such as war)
  • building a global platform that people can access in order to help create peaceful societies[2]

The art, climate change and environmental aspects are different ways for people to see and understand the importance of peace in a creative way and or emphasize peace in a way that is understandable. Mediation efforts are a way for the institute to suggest and or provide ways for people to practice peace.

The IIP collaborates with state governments, international organizations, businesses and civil society organizations various countries. The organization specializes in areas such as politics, peace research, and conflict resolution. This international organization focuses on promoting peaceful solutions to people in a wide variety of places. International outreaches in collaboration with other NGOs and IGOs are part of the action plan, specifically in Africa, North America and South America. Research is something that the IIP focuses on all around the world, including Austria, which is where the IIP is founded and based out of. The institute also looks at some findings which are based on how the economy, society and effectiveness of conflict resolutions. Their findings look at all of these things combined, because they all play a significant role when it comes to peace.[2]


According to Dr Julian Lewis, a campaigner against the peace movement, The IIP was "set up by the Kremlin after the World Peace Council was thrown out of Austria for subversion."[3] and according to J. G. Barlow of the Heritage Foundation, the WPC operated under cover of the IIP after the WPC was expelled from Vienna.[4] This was confirmed by Oleg Gordievsky in the book "Sokea peili" written by him and Inna Rogatchi in 1997.[5]


  1. ^ a b IIP Vienna
  2. ^ a b c "The International Institute for Peace". Retrieved 2021-04-10.
  3. ^ Lewis, J., Fellow-Travelling Generals Re-Emerge Archived April 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Barlow, J.G.,Moscow and the Peace Offensive, 1982
  5. ^ Oleg Gordievsky, Inna Rogatchi, Sokea peili, WSOY 1997, ISBN 951-0-21082-X

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