Protecting civilians in armed conflict

History

07/2017

Geneva Call has engaged over 100 armed non-State actors since 2000

More than 50 of them have signed at least one Deed of Commitment.
01/2017

Geneva Call ranks 85th best NGO in the world

NGO Advisor, an organization that ranks NGOs according to several criteria (including impact, innovation, transparency and accountability), has named Geneva Call as the #85 NGO in the world in its 2017 edition of the ranking.
05/2015

Launch of the mobile quiz application Fighter not Killer

Fighter not Killer is a mobile phone quiz that seeks to raise awareness of the law of war among armed non-State actors.
07/2014

Following the signature of Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment 149 child soldiers were demobilized in Syria

The People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) demobilized 149 children from their ranks
12/2012

First signatures of the Deed of Commitment prohibiting sexual violence and gender discrimination

Five Iranian Kurdish ANSAs are the first to sign Geneva Call's Deed of Commitment prohibiting sexual violence and gender discrimination.
11/2012

Geneva Call launches www.theirwords.org

Geneva Call launches www.theirwords.org, a unique online directory of commitments, policies and agreements made by ANSAs on issues related to international humanitarian law and human rights.  
08/2012

First signatures of the Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict

The Karenni National Progressive Party/Karenni Army (KNPP/KA) and the New Mon State Party/Mon National Liberation Army (NMSP/MNLA) from Burma/Myamnar are the first two groups to sign the Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict.
06/2012
01/2012

Geneva Call is recognized in the world’s Top 100 NGOs by the Global Journal

03/2011

An expert conference on armed non-State actors and the protection of internally displaced people

Geneva Call, in partnership with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), organizes an expert conference on ANSAs and the protection of internally displaced people.
11/2010

Geneva Call launches a 2nd Deed of Commitment

Geneva Call launches a 2nd Deed of Commitment, the Deed of Commitment under Geneva Call for the Protection of Children from the Effects of Armed Conflict.
06/2009

Second Meeting of Signatories to Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment banning anti-personnel (AP) mines

Representatives of 28 ANSAs attend the event. Discussions also take place on the protection of children and women in armed conflict, and ANSAs encourage Geneva Call to begin work on these issues.  
05/2009

Geneva Call’s work recognized by the UN Secretary-General

In his report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, the UN Secretary-General mentions Geneva Call as a successful example of humanitarian engagement with armed non-State actors.
09/2006

Geneva Call’s work recognized by the European Parliament

The European Parliament expresses its appreciation of Geneva Call’s work and notes that ANSAs need to respect the mine ban norm in order to fulfil the aims of universalization of the AP Mine Ban Convention.
09/2005

Geneva Call becomes a Foundation under Swiss law, thus increasing accountability and transparency (changing from its previous status as an Association)

06/2005

Geneva Call’s President is nominated for Switzerland as one of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize.

11/2004

First Meeting of Signatories to Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment banning AP mines

Geneva Call, in partnership with the Program for the Study of International Organization(s) (PSIO) of the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI) and the Armed Groups Project (University of British Columbia), convenes the First Meeting of Signatories to the Deed of Commitment banning AP mines. Representatives of 20 ANSAs attend the event.
08/2004

A workshop with current and former women combatants

In collaboration with the PSIO, Geneva Call organizes an unprecedented workshop with current and former women combatants to discuss their experiences and their potential roles in promoting humanitarian norms within their ANSAs.
11/2003

Recognition of Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment banning AP mines by the UN

The Deed of Commitment banning AP mines is included in the UN ‘Mine Action Guidelines for Ceasefire and Peace Agreements’ as a mechanism for ANSA engagement.
04/2002

First Geneva Call verification mission

Geneva Call conducts its first verification mission in Mindanao, southern Philippines.  
09/2001

Supporting declaration of the States Parties to the AP Mine Ban Convention

States Parties to the AP Mine Ban Convention gathered in Managua acknowledge for the first time that “progress to free the world from AP mines would be promoted by the commitment by non-state actors to cease and renounce their use in line with the international norm established by this Convention.”
09/2001

Supporting resolution of the European Parliament

The European Parliament passes a resolution calling on the international community to support efforts made by NGOs to engage ANSAs on the AP mine ban.
03/2000

First signature of the Deed of Commitment banning anti-personnel mines

Two ANSAs from the Philippines, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Revolutionary Workers Party of the Philippines/Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPM-P/RPA-ABB), are the first to sign the Deed of Commitment banning AP mines.
03/2000

Geneva Call is officially launched in Geneva

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 organization.