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The opening ceremony for the European office of IAPD takes place within the Peace Museum Vienna.
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Dr. Michael Balcomb, regional chair of UPF for Europe and the Middle East, greets the audience. At left is Mrs. Fumiko Balcomb.
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Dr. Ali Ahmad, the director of Peace Museum Vienna, addresses the audience.
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Dr. Ali Ahmad (left) takes a “selfie” with leaders and staff of UPF and affiliated organizations.
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Mrs. Fumiko Balcomb (left) and Dr. Maria Riehl examine a display of famous peacemakers.
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(Left to right) UPF-Austria President Peter Haider; Michael Platzer of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), Vienna; Dr. Ali Ahmad, the director of Peace Museum Vienna; and Asfar Rathor of ACUNS Vienna
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Leaders and staff of UPF and affiliated organizations
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Arthur Nzekwu of the Celestial Church of Christ, Vienna, with Renate Amesbauer, president of the Austrian chapter of Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP)
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The new European office of IAPD is located inside the Peace Museum Vienna.
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Dominique Dorel Haider of WFWP-Austria (left) welcomes Fumiko Balcomb, the regional co-chair of UPF for Europe and the Middle East.
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UPF-Austria President Peter Haider addresses the audience.
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Arthur Nzekwu of the Celestial Church of Christ, Vienna (second from left), with audience members

Vienna, Austria—The Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD) opened its European office in the premises of Peace Museum Vienna in the city center.

The opening ceremony took place on October 18, 2018, led by UPF-Austria President Peter Haider. The event was attended by Ambassadors for Peace, supporters of UPF and affiliated organizations, and UPF core staff.

The main speaker was Dr. Michael Balcomb, the regional chair of UPF for Europe and the Middle East. He gave an inspiring report about the 2018 Balkans Peace Road that had just finished its tour of seven nations.

Dr. Ali Ahmad, the director of Peace Museum Vienna, spoke about the establishment of the museum in June 2014 and expressed his hope for future cooperation of the two organizations.

Afterward Ambassadors for Peace reported on their activities and made plans for the future.

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