Europe and Russia - Partners in a Globalized World

An International Leadership conference on the topic "Europe and Russia - Partners in a Globalized World," was held in Vienna on October 12 and 13, 2012, organized by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) in cooperation with the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) and the Women's Federation for World Peace.

Ambassador A.S. Azimov

We consider the issue of visa abolition for short-term trips by Russian Federation and European Union citizens to be one of priorities of our current relations with the EU. A breakthrough in this direction will be a serious achievement in our strategic partnership with the EU as well as a sound stimulus for developing economic, cultural, and humanitarian interrelations.

Ambassador Sergei Nechaev

I am happy to welcome the organizers and participants of the conference on cooperation of Russia and European Union in this era of globalization.

Irina Borisovna Orlova, Ph.D., Professor, Institute of Social and Political Research, Russian Academy of Sciences

Many former theoretical concepts about the inter-ethnic and inter-cultural interactions between different population groups in Europe are being revised. One such concept is multiculturalism.

Dr Walter Schwimmer, Former Secretary General, Council of Europe

Europe is a strange continent. Strictly speaking, indeed it is not a continent at all but a mere peninsula tacked onto Asia. Looking at the map, Russia west of the Ural Mountains is either the base or the beginning of this peninsula. But, because of its unmistakable cultural identity, this peninsula has become a continent on its own and Russia is without any doubt an indispensable part of it.

Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, President, UPF

The Universal Peace Federation is dedicated to the promotion of good relations, good partnerships among peoples, nations, religions.

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