Oslo, Norway - UPF-Europe organized a European Leadership Conference Sept. 20-22, 2012 in Oslo linked to the theme of this year's International Day of Peace: "Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future." Some sessions took place in the Stortinget, Norway's Parliament.
This Norwegian-government sponsored conference was attended by around 100 participants from different corners of Europe. To address the main UN theme, Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future, different sessions were set up, each one to discuss specific aspects of sustainable peace.
Session 1: A New Vision for Sustainable Peace
Mr. Steinar Murud, Secretary General of UP-Norway, gave his welcoming remarks, praising the efforts of all the participating leaders, who are making great efforts in their respective fields. World peace cannot be created by any single individual or group, but we all need to work together in order to build sustainable peace.
Mr. Stian Bragtvedt, Communication Officer in the Norwegian UN communication office in Oslo, commented on the role of the UN and the importance of aligning national politics with UN. He also explained about the role of the local Norwegian communication office, which is a large office with its 30 full time employees
Mr. Mark Brann, Secretary General of UPF Europe, spoke on the importance of the logic of love versus the logic of power, which has been the main way of solving conflicts. But a diplomatic and friendly approach can be just as effective. He illustrated his point by talking about Dr. Moon’s initiatives in Nepal and in North Korea.