Geneva, Switzerland –
A meeting of the board of the International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP) took place in Geneva, 19-21 June 2009. The meeting, which was attended by 12 board members (from various European countries, Japan, India, and the USA) took place in the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, and was hosted by its director, board member Roger Mayou.
Following the legal incorporation of INMP in The Hague earlier that year, the following officers were appointed: Iratxe Momoitio as INMP secretary, Steve Fryburg as treasurer, and Gerard Loessbroek as membership secretary. In order to effectively start up the Secretariat office in The Hague, it was decided to appoint a part-time secretariat administrator for one year in the first instance.
Various proposals to improve the website were discussed and were being implemented by Steve Fryburg who continued to be INMP’s webmaster. In order to promote publications about museums for peace, a publications committee was established. Following the submission of various designs by the artist, Mr. Yusuke Saito, agreement was also reached on the finalisation of the INMP logo.
Since the city of Barcelona had formally expressed an interest in organising the next conference of INMP in 2011, the meeting decided to accept this offer.
Board members enjoyed a guided visit of the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent as well as a peace walk through the city. Among the highlights of the tour was a visit to the historic Alabama Room, in the Town Hall, where the first Geneva Convention was signed in 1864, and where the famous arbitration between the USA and Great Britain of disputes arising from the American Civil War was held in 1872.
Attachment: Brief report on the 2009 INMP Board Meeting