International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace

Parliamentarians play a central role in nations throughout the world, representing the people, respecting the rule of law, and upholding human rights; in effect, parliamentarians work to build safe, secure, stable and peaceful societies.

The “International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace” is being launched as a worldwide association of parliamentarians which provides a forum to bring their experience and wisdom to bear in the search for solutions to our world’s problems. Parliamentarians from around the world have offered their remarks on the importance of their work and the value of increased cooperation and collaboration in the search for innovative solutions to some of the critical issues that we face on the local, national, regional and global levels, from climate change to the rise of extremist ideologies to humanitarian disasters and conflict.

Read the explanation by Dr Thomas Walsh, President of UPF International

  • International Day of Families Observed in Italy

    International Day of Families Observed in Italy

    Rome, Italy—On the occasion of the UN International Day of Families, UPF-Italy held a conference in the Palazzo San Macuto of the Italian Parliament.

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  • International Women’s Day Observed in Italy

    International Women’s Day Observed in Italy

    Monza, Italy—Prominent women from various fields spoke at a conference in northern Italy held to mark UN International Women’s Day.

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  • Plenary Session V: IAPP Global Assembly

    Plenary Session 5

    This session and the one before it both focused on the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP). The moderator for this session was Dr. Thomas Walsh, the president of UPF International.

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  • Plenary Session IV: IAPP Global Assembly

    Plenary Session 4

    This session and the one after it both focused on the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP). The moderator of Session IV was Hon. Dan Burton, a former U.S. congressman from the state of Indiana (1983-2013) and one of the two co-chairs of IAPP.

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  • Plenary Session VI - ICUS

    Plenary Session 6

    Plenary Session VI: Peace and Human Development: ICUS: The Role, Responsibility and Relevance of the Sciences.

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  • Day Two of World Summit 2017 Honors UPF Founders

    TP's Birthday Celebration

    Seoul, KoreaThe second day of World Summit 2017 began with a celebration of the UPF founders’ birthdays.

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  • Special Session of IAPP at the Korean National Assembly

    Special Session of IAPP at the Korean National Assembly

    The UPF World Summit 2017 brought more than 400 parliamentarians representing 120 nations to the National Assembly, the national legislature of South Korea, for a special session of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace.

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  • Vienna memorandum

    We, convened at the round-table “Family Values, Family Policies, European Culture: Challenges and Opportunities in Central Europe Today” in Vienna on July 8, 2016, are a group of concerned citizens, educators, experts, opinion-makers and politicians from the “Visegrad Four” and other Central European countries.

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  • Search for Balkan Consensus at Sarajevo Conference

    International conference in Sarajevo

    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina—Consensus and cooperation in the Balkan region were the focus of a conference held on December 15, 2016.

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  • Czech Conference Examines Challenges and Opportunities

    Meeting at the Prague parliament

    Prague, Czech Republic—More than 50 participants attended a conference held in the Czech Parliament on “Challenges and Opportunities of Our Time.”

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  • Intervention of Hon. Silvio Parnis

    Hon. Silvio Parnis, Member of Parliament, Malta

    I am very honoured to address this conference and to be part of IAPP. First of all, may I introduce myself? I am from Malta, a country which, from the beginning, even before its independence in 1964, promoted initiatives for peace.

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  • Intervention of Hon. Virendra Sharma

    Hon. Virendra Sharma, Member of Parliament, United Kingdom

    First, please accept my apologies for not being able to join you earlier. I’m supposed to be out of the country, but all the program changed and I happen to be here, so first let me welcome you all here and say how glad am I and proud to be associated, myself, with the organisation and the many friends I can see from everywhere that I can see joining us today.

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  • Intervention of Hon. Karlis Kreslins

    Hon. Karlis Kreslins, Member of Parliament, Latvia

    It’s only natural that good people want everyone else to feel good too. It is reminiscent of communism, in which everyone is supposed to contribute what they are best at and get what they need.

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  • Keynote Address: Dr. Sun Jin Moon

    Dr. Sun Jin Moon, International Chair, Universal Peace Federation

    Distinguished members of parliament! Participants in the UPF International Leadership Conference, from Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa. Ladies and gentlemen! Good afternoon. It is an honor for me to stand here today in this historic venue and to be with all of you.

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  • Budapest round table

    Budapest round table

    Following up on the Vienna Round table, 17 politicians, experts, academics and NGO representatives from 5 nations gathered in Budapest on Monday 24, October 2016 for a Round table convened by Hon. Nina Nováková, member of the Czech Parliament and Mr. Jacques Marion, Secretary General of UPF Europe.

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  • Kosovan Conference Seeks a ‘Righteous Peace’

    Kosovan Conference Seeks a ‘Righteous Peace’

    Pristina, Kosovo—Around 90 dignitaries from Albania, Macedonia, Serbia and Kosovo attended a one-day conference titled “Righteous Peace, Sustainable Peace.”

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  • Intervention of and interview with Hon. Nina Nováková

    Hon. Nina Nováková

    Ladies and gentlemen, I am very honoured to be here today.

    Let me introduce myself: I am a woman, white, Czech, catholic, European, mother, wife, teacher, politician, activist…

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  • Letter of Greetings from Senator Ahmet Palankoev

    I would like to express my gratitude to the organizers of this imposing inter-parliamentary peacemaking action — the Universal Peace Federation, which was able to involve such qualified personalities for the common good. This significant event brought together people caring, principled, and open to dialogue.

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  • Intervention of Hon. Hilik Bar

    Hon. Hilik Bar

    First, I am very excited to be here at the British Parliament to actually discuss peace. I am not saying this just for nothing, because it’s not very popular to discuss peace; not in our region, in the Middle East and in Israel between us and the Palestinians, and definitely not in parliament. What we are doing here, UPF at the British parliament, is amazing; it is to put peace at the top of the priorities.

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  • Intervention of Hon. Eleonora Bechis

    Hon. Eleonora Bechis

    Today in this institutional setting I’m going to talk to you with humility and passion about the reasons why I consider essential, for my country and for the whole world, the establishment of a worldwide association of parliamentarians, whose purpose is to weave a rich, continuous dialogue in order to build peace and the awakening of human consciousness.

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