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Mrs Elisabeth Decrey Warner


GCSP Associate Fellow; Founder and Honorary President of the NGO, Geneva Call

Mrs Elisabeth Decrey Warner was a member of the Parliament of the Republic and Canton of Geneva from 1989-2001; she was elected its rotating President in 2000.

Founder of the NGO, Geneva Call and now its Honorary President, for over two decades she led negotiations with armed non-State actors on the protection of civilians in armed conflict by respecting humanitarian and human rights law.

She has been recognized internationally for her outstanding contribution to peace. She was nominated for Switzerland as one of 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. Among her many awards, she received the highest recognition in France, Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Geneva and the Hessian Peace Prize in Germany.

Mrs. Decrey Warner was the President of the Board of Trustees of the World Organization against Torture (OMCT) and has been a member of several other Boards: the Board of the Interdisciplinary Program in Humanitarian Action of the University of Geneva; the Board of the Graduate Institute of Development Studies in Geneva; and the Advisory Boards of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining.  (GICHD)