• International Leadership Conference held in Vienna, Austria

     International Leadership Conference held in Vienna, Austria

    On April 28 – 29, 2018 in Vienna, Austria, the Universal Peace Federation held an International Leadership Conference on the theme: “Toward Interdependence and Mutual Prosperity: The Role of Religious Leaders and Parliamentarians”.

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  • "Peace starts with me" festival at the Wiener Stadthalle

    In the afternoon of 29th April 2018, the ILC attendees participated in the "Peace Starts with Me" Festival at the Wiener Stadthalle attended by 10,000 people, at which the keynote address was given by Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, co-founder of UPF.

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  • Closing banquet & Mauthausen

    The International Leadership Conference concluded with a large dinner banquet at the Parkhotel Schönbrunn, at which congratulatory words and reflections were shared by the former president of Albania, a Moroccan scholar and a woman leader from the United Kingdom. The following day, some of the conference participants made a pilgrimage to the Mauthausen Memorial to offer an interreligious prayer.

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  • Session 5: Inauguration of the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD) in Europe and the Middle East

    It is time for humanity to embrace universally shared values, going beyond differences of ideology, race, nationality, and religion, and pursue a path of mutual cooperation and mutual prosperity. In this way it is possible to build a world of lasting and sustainable peace that can be bequeathed to future generations. To fulfill this task, religious leaders have a primary responsibility to cooperate beyond denominations and work in harmony with leaders in all fields of society. In this session, religious leaders and leaders of faith-based organizations will propose the formation of a world-level interfaith association through which to work together for peace and development.

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  • Session 4D: Peace Initiatives in the Balkans

    As a historical crossroads of empires and cultures, the Balkan Peninsula is the center of political, cultural and religious influences that make it a significant field for interreligious and intercultural peacebuilding in Europe in the 21st century. In this session, panelists will offer their perspectives on peacebuilding initiatives undertaken in the Balkans and recommend action steps toward a peaceful and democratic future in the region. This session also will feature a presentation of the Balkan Peace Road project promoted by UPF.

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  • Session 4C: Toward a New Dialogue between Europe and Eurasia

    After the end of the socialist system in Europe, following the dissolution of the USSR, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, new sovereign states with new borders appeared on the map of Europe. In the context of the current geopolitical realities, participating nations of the Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) need to come to the negotiating table to revise the Helsinki Accords to reach a mutually acceptable understanding of the previous frameworks and discuss their possible modification. Panelists in this session will offer their perspectives on the role that may be played by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly – and by the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) – in this undertaking.

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  • Session 4B: Middle East Peace Initiatives: Assessing the Role of Religion

    Peacebuilding necessarily involves cooperation between all sectors of society. While the world looks in anguish at the horrors of multiple conflicts in the home of the Abrahamic faiths, the evidence on the ground suggests that such conflicts are stoked by an array of other factors, not least a dearth of civic values and near-absence of the rule of law. In what way has—and in what way can—religion play a positive role in bringing peace to the peoples of the Middle East?

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  • Session 3: The Role and Relevance of Religion in Building Inclusive, Peaceful and Prosperous Societies

    Throughout the world, religion continues to play a very significant role in guiding the development of individuals as well as the wider society. While in some countries—in Europe, for example—there are spheres of life that are largely secularized, religion nevertheless has ongoing relevance and importance. The vast majority of the world's population identify themselves with a religious worldview that informs their ideas and guides their practices. In this session, panelists will assess the conditions under which religions can exert a positive influence on modern, democratic societies and offer policy recommendations to this effect.

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  • Session 2: Religious Leaders and Parliamentarians as Peacemakers

    Lasting solutions to the critical challenges of our time call for both the skills and experience of politicians and the global vision provided by religious leaders. How can parliamentarians and leaders of faith-based organizations, transcending national, religious and political affiliations, cooperate to develop comprehensive strategies for peace and development? Panelists will offer their perspectives on the complementary roles of political and religious leaders and propose policies and action steps to address specific challenges affecting Europe and the Middle East.

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  • Session 1: The Vision and Initiatives of the Universal Peace Federation

    This session provided an introduction to the UPF Founders’ vision and the peacebuilding principles, featuring the two projects recently launched by the Universal Peace Federation: the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) and the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD).

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  • Session 4A: Values Education and Healthy Families – Fostering an Environment for Prosperity, Citizenship and Interreligious Harmony

    Building a peaceful world of co-prosperity and shared values has long been the goal of religion, politics and educational institutions. In a stable, loving family, individuals may naturally develop capacities for love, respect, communication, cooperation, service, conflict resolution, forgiveness and other social skills that are relevant to life in the wider society. How can this universal principle be applied and extended to encourage harmonious social relations and partnerships for peace in our communities and in the family of nations?

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  • World Interfaith Harmony Week Observed in Upper Austria

    World Interfaith Harmony Week Observed in Upper Austria

    Gramastetten, Austria—Forty-five guests representing eight religious denominations celebrated the 2018 World Interfaith Harmony Week.

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  • World Interfaith Harmony Week Observed in Vienna, Austria

    World Interfaith Harmony Week Observed in Vienna, Austria

    Vienna, Austria—More than 200 people attended a World Interfaith Harmony Week program that culminated with an Interfaith Peace Blessing.

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  • UPF-Austria Holds 2017 Year-End Meeting

    UPF-Austria Holds 2017 Year-End Meeting

    Vienna, Austria—UPF-Austria organized a meeting of Ambassadors for Peace to reflect on the events of the past year and set a direction for 2018.

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  • Austrians Discuss Hope for Horn of Africa

    Austrians Discuss Hope for Horn of Africa

    Vienna, Austria—About 100 guests attended a panel discussion on human rights in the Horn of Africa in relation to the recent phenomenon of migration.

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  • Interreligious Breakfast Linz

    Interreligious Breakfast Linz

    Linz, Austria—The fourth Interreligious Breakfast of 2017 focused on the theme “You Shall Be a Blessing.”

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  • Austria ‘Peace Road’

    Austria ‘Peace Road’

    Reichraming, Austria—UPF of Upper Austria, in cooperation with three communities and their mayors, held a Peace Road bicycling tour through the scenic Steyr-Land district.

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  • The Cultural Dimension of Peace

    Culture and Peace in the Balkans: the Role of Parliamentarians

    Intervention of Dr Walther Lichem at the European Leadership Conference in Pristina, Kosovo, 23-24 September, 2017, entitled "Culture and Peace in the Balkans: the Role of Parliamentarians".

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  • UN Office at Vienna Is Venue for IAPP Inauguration

    UN Office at Vienna Is Venue for IAPP Inauguration

    Vienna, Austria—The Austrian chapter of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace was inaugurated at the United Nations Office at Vienna.

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  • Vienna Celebrates Asmara’s UNESCO Honor

    Vienna Celebrates Asmara’s UNESCO Honor

    Vienna, Austria—The listing of Eritrea’s capital as a World Heritage Site was celebrated at a special event titled “Asmara—City of Dreams.”

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