Who we are
Geneva Call is a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organization working to improve the protection of civilians in armed conflict. We strengthen the respect for the law of armed conflict by armed non-State actors (ANSAs). During conflict, fighters must comply with the “rules of war” as enshrined in international humanitarian law (and the Geneva Conventions in particular). These rules set out the limits that the parties to conflict must abide by to limit the impact of war on civilian populations. Geneva Call engages ANSAs to encourage them to comply with the rules of war.
Since Geneva Call began its work nearly 20 years ago, we have developed a unique methodology to increase awareness of, and respect for, IHL for the protection of civilians in armed conflict. Geneva Call has a unique and unwavering mission to protect civilians. Whilst other organizations also work to improve awareness of humanitarian norms, Geneva Call is the only organization in the world focused exclusively on creating lasting behaviour change among ANSAs to promote the protection of civilians.
Geneva Call is one of the world’s leading organizations in the field of humanitarian engagement with ANSAs. Geneva Call is active in around 15 contexts worldwide, with offices in seven of them, and has developed a humanitarian engagement with over 150 ANSAs since the year 2000.
Key moments over the last twenty years
January 202020 years anniversary
Geneva Call celebrates its 20 years of humanitarian engagement.January 2019Destruction of all remaining stockpiles of anti-personnel mines held by the Polisario Front
The Polisario Front destroyed 2,485 stockpiled anti-personnel (AP) mines, bringing the total number destroyed to date to 20,493Read moreGeneva Call has engaged over 120 armed non-State actors since 2000
More than 60 of them have signed at least one Deed of Commitment.November 2018Launch of a new Deed of Commitment on protecting healthcare in armed conflictOctober 2018Launch of the “Culture Under Fire” study on armed non-State actors and the protection of cultural heritageJune 2018Geneva Call adopts a new visual identity to reflect its broader and more international missionJanuary 2016First World Humanitarian Summit
At the invitation of the United Nations, a delegation of Geneva Call participated in the World Humanitarian SummitJanuary 2014First demobilization of child soldiers
Kurdish armed forces demobilize 149 child soldiers in Syria following their signature of the Deed of Commitment. This is the first demobilization of children thanks to the work of Geneva Call.Geneva Call at the United Nations Security Council
Geneva Call addressed the United Nations Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Forces for the first timeJanuary 2012Launch of a new Deed of Commitment
Geneva Call launches the Deed of Commitment on the Prohibition of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict and towards the Elimination of Gender DiscriminationGeneva Call launches http://www.theirwords.org
a unique online directory of commitments, policies and agreements made by ANSAs on issues related to international humanitarian law and human rightsRead moreJanuary 2010Geneva Call launches a second Deed of Commitment on the protection of childrenJanuary 2009Ban Ki-Moon praises the work of Geneva Call
The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, mentioned Geneva Call’s work for the first time in the Report on the Protection of Civilians calling the Deed of Commitment a “successful example” of an initiative to seek to end the use of anti-personnel mines by armed groupsJanuary 2005Geneva Call at the African Union
Geneva Call was invited to present its mission and activities to the Peace and Security Council of the African UnionJanuary 2004Geneva Call organises an unprecedented conference
Geneva Call organized an unprecedented conference bringing together 32 combatant and ex-combatant women for a workshop to discuss their experiences within armed opposition groups and their potential roles in promoting humanitarian normsJanuary 2002Geneva Call organises a roundtable discussion
During the Fourth Meeting of States Parties to the Ottawa, Geneva Call organised a roundtable discussion bringing together representatives of ANSAs who have signed a Deed of Commitment and government representativesFirst Geneva Call verification mission
Geneva Call carries out its first verification mission (to the Philippines) to address compliance by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front with the Deed of Commitment for Adherence to a Total Ban on Anti-Personnel Mines and for CooperationJanuary 2001First signature of a Deed of Commitment
The Sudan People Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) is the first ANSA to sign the Deed of Commitment for Adherence to a Total Ban on Anti-Personnel Mines and for Cooperation in Mine ActionThe European Parliament votes to support NGOs working with ANSAs
The European Parliament, following a proposal made by Geneva Call, voted unanimously to call on the international community to support the efforts made by specialised NGOs, such as Geneva Call, to engage ANSAs to ban landminesJanuary 2000Geneva Call is officially launched in GenevaSee more
The conference Engaging Non-State Actors in a Landmine Ban organized by the Swiss Campaign to Ban Landmines and other country chapters of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines is the opportunity to launch the new organization2021 © Geneva Call Tous droits réservés - Made with ♥ by Buxum Communication