Voices of Peace (in Italian)

Dear readers,

I am pleased to announce that the first issue of Voices of Peace 2024 has been finalized and will soon be available for distribution. While we prepare the physical copies for circulation, I am delighted to share with you the digital version in PDF format.

Within this edition, our editorial endeavors to explore the foundations of a shared future, focusing on themes of Interdependence, Shared Prosperity, and Universal Values. We delve into the intricate dialogue surrounding European integration in the Western Balkans, examining the role of UPF activities in shaping this discourse.

Furthermore, our publication highlights the insightful contributions of Peace Forum-Italy, particularly the work of Professor Stefano Bartolini from the University of Siena. Professor Bartolini, a pioneer in the field, offers a unique perspective on the economics of happiness through his course—a rare offering within Italy.

Of course, alongside these significant discussions, we cover a spectrum of other compelling topics that I believe will capture your interest.

Please find attached the PDF version of Voices of Peace 2024 for your perusal. I trust that you will find its contents both thought-provoking and enriching.

Happy reading,

Giorgio Gasperoni


Voices of Peace

There are two main themes in this issue.
The first is the editorial on Reverend Moon written by Julian Gray on the 11th anniversary of his death. It reviews the early days of his life focusing on the man.
The second topic is the complex situation in the Balkans and the relationship with the European Union.
Finally, there is a discussion about Africa.

Once again, the topics are numerous and important. The Summit in Korea, the webinar held on May 10 in Italy on the topic of Freedom of the Press organized by IMAP is reported. Another webinar organized by IAPD focused on religious freedom.

There is an excellent article written by a school principal, who is also our Peace Ambassador, discussing Italian schools and the challenges they face with new technologies and the relationship between teachers and families.

Additionally, there is a well-informed article on Africa and the effects of Climate Change on the continent, emphasizing that Africa is not to blame for these effects.

Furthermore, a journalist who spent several years in Afghanistan provides a very dramatic overview of the situation of women in that country.

The issue also covers a webinar organized by WFWP in Rome at the European Office offices, which focuses on trafficking in young women and modern slavery.

Finally, we include abstracts of the Peace Forum Italy's work. Once a month, we hold Zoom meetings where forum members present papers on specific topics related to their area of expertise.

The main topic is about Religious Freedom and the Conferences of Hope held in the second part of 2022. 

We have, then continued to deepen the Africa theme by reporting on the speeches of H.E. Brighi Rafini and Dr. Roslyn Ngeno, at the 2020 Summit in Seoul, South Korea.

In addition, there is an extensive analysis of Saudi Arabia.

We reported on the conference held in Vienna on the relationship between the EU and the Western Balkans. So many leaders of the Balkan nations were present, and they all made significant contributions.

Another notable contribution was made by the Secretary General of EURISPES on global competition and collaboration toward sustainability and social harmony.

Finally, we reported on WFWP activities at the European Parliament in Rome.

In this issue of Voices of Peace, we have delved into the topic of Africa. We talked about the 2nd Summit in Korea with also reference to Africa. We received two important contributions on the topic of the African Continent: a university professor from Cattolica University in Milan and a former deputy editor of an Italian national newspaper, Il Sole 24 Ore. The approach was on Africa's potential from the economic, technological, social and especially youth point of view. We also reported on the "A Football for Peace" project with Arab and Jewish kids from the "Holy Land” in San Marino.

Giorgio Gasperoni
Editor in Chief
Voices of Peace

Main theme of this issue of Voices of Peace:

The basic foundations of democratic thought

The concept of human rights in democracy is expressed in the form of fundamental rights, which are to be enjoyed by citizens, respecting individual human character such as the right to life, the right to property and the right to vote, based on reason. In fact, these basic individual human rights become the basis on which democracy can be founded and become the standard that cannot be controlled by any externally imposed force. Thus, the human rights of the individual constitute the foundation of democracy. Stating that "without human rights, democracy cannot exist" has become the foundation of democracy itself.

This leads us to the conclusion that even the best government requires adequate cultural, educational and economic institutions to succeed. When people have values in common, they can more easily trust each other, seek solutions to social problems and live together harmoniously regardless of their political affiliation.

In conclusion, the most stable societies and governments are those that are based on maximum distribution of responsibility down to the lowest levels. In this session, we asked authoritative experts from our Italian Think Tank to explore the topic from the perspective of Institutional, Cultural Diplomacy and Civil Diplomacy.

In addition, we analyzed research of the state of perceived democracy in several Western nations.

Also, an excellent article by our academic Emilio Asti on Indochina.

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