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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Jacques Marion, Vice President of UPF for Europe and the Middle East, moderated the first session.
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Dr Katsumi Otsuka, President of UPF for Europe and the Middle East, welcomed the participants on behalf of UPF.
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Dr Katsumi Otsuka, President of UPF for Europe and the Middle East, welcomed the participants on behalf of UPF.
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Mrs Carolyn Handschin, President of WFWP Europe, welcomed the participants on behalf of WFWP, co-sponsor of the conference.
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Reverend Jack Corley, President of UPF Eurasia, spoke about the Founders' vision and UPF initiatives.
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The opening session also featured a video message from Mr. Jan Figel, the EU special envoy for religious freedom.

Moderator: Mr. Jacques Marion, Secretary General, UPF Europe

Welcoming Remarks: Dr. Katsumi Otsuka, President, UPF Europe & Middle East

Ms. Carolyn Handschin, UN Office Director, WFWP, International 

Special address (video message): Dr. Jan Figel, European Union Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU 

Founders’ Vision and UPF Initiatives: Mr. Jack Corley, Chair, UPF Eastern Europe

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