International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace
Session at the Parliament
It is time for humanity to embrace universally shared values, going beyond differences of ideology, race, nationality, and religion, and pursuing 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. In this session, parliamentarians will propose the formation of a world-level association of parliamentarians as a forum through which to work together for peace and human development.
Moderator: Dr. Thomas Walsh, International President, Universal Peace Federation
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.