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UPF Europe Newsletter September 2017

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IAPP Launched in the Balkans

Pristina, Kosovo—More than 100 participants attended the Balkans regional inauguration of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP).

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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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Children from Israel, San Marino Build Friendships Through Soccer

San Marino, San Marino—Israeli and Sammarinese children participated in a week-long Soccer for Peace project that took place in San Marino.

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Ambassador for Peace Gives an Internal View of North Korea

Hamburg, Germany—An Ambassador for Peace who has visited North Korea 11 times gave a presentation on the social and political life of this mysterious country.

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Middle East Ambassadors for Peace Gather in Rome for Peace Principles Seminar

Rome, Italy—Ambassadors for Peace from throughout the Middle East participated in a three-day seminar on UPF’s Peace Principles held in Rome.

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Austrians Discuss Role of Believers in Politics

Linz, Austria—An interreligious breakfast meeting held by UPF of Upper Austria focused on the topic “Spirituality and Politics—Are Religious People Called to be Actively Involved in Political Affairs?”

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Preventing Radicalization Is Discussed in House of Lords

London, United Kingdom—The House of Lords was the setting for an important and timely discussion, organized by UPF-UK, on preventing radicalization.

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International Day of Families Observed in Italy

Bergamo, Italy—International Day of Families was celebrated in the northern Italian city of Bergamo under the theme "The Value of the Family for the New Millennium.”

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United Nations

International Human Rights Bodies in Geneva

With this article we would like to introduce this remarkable contemporary international and inter-governmental body that aims at ensuring the respect for the Dignity and Rights of all. Most of the information compiled below has been taken from the official website of OHCHR (

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UN Secretary-General Urges Faith Leaders to Be Peacebuilders

New York, United States—UN Secretary-General António Guterres has given a speech emphasizing the role of religious leaders in preventing extremism.

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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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IAPP Hosts UN Luncheon to Discuss Northeast Asia

New York, United States—“Building Peace and Stability in Northeast Asia” was the theme of a high-level special luncheon held by UPF and the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) at the United Nations.

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Sexual rights of women and girls in the context of sustainable development

This article highlights the messages of two panelists at the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council, focusing special attention on tackling issues regarding women’s rights and their empowerment, and closes with a short commentary.

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Expert opinions

The Cultural Dimension of Peace

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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The need for an ethics education for peace to be realized

Dr Miguel Cano Jiménez discusses the need for ethics education in order for lasting peace to be established.

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Influences of Religion on the World Today

This November 2, 2016 presentation was a keynote speech at the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation in New York City at the Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, which had the theme, One God in Three Faiths: Exploring the Shared Values in the Abrahamic Religious Traditions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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