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More than 120 participants gather at the Tirana Peace Embassy to commemorate International Day of Peace 2022.
Tirana Peace Council Chairman Defrim Methasani moderates the event.
Dr. Katsumi Otsuka, UPF co-chair for Europe and the Middle East, greets the audience.
Well-known Albanian tenor Kastriot Tusha offers a song.
H.E. Professor Dr. Bamir Topi, a former president of Albania, addresses the commemorative event.
H.E. Almira Zebi Xhembulla, Albania’s deputy minister of tourism, gives a talk.
Former President Dr. Bamir Topi (left) is awarded an Ambassador for Peace certificate by Dr. Katsumi Otsuka.
H.E. Almira Zebi Xhembulla (center) receives an Ambassador for Peace certificate from Dr. Katsumi Otsuka and UPF-Albania Chair Dr. Eva Çipi.
Nertila Spiri, the director of information and news of FAXNEWS TV (left), receives an Ambassador for Peace certificate from IAAP-Albania Chair Dr. Saemira Gjipali Pino and Tirana Peace Council Chair Defrim Methasani.
The new Ambassadors for Peace, including former Albanian President Dr. Bamir Topi (sixth from left) and Deputy Minister Almira Zebi Xhembulla (fifth from left) with Dr. Katsumi Otsuka of UPF (fourth from right)

Tirana, Albania—More than 120 prominent Albanians celebrated International Day of Peace at a UPF event at the Tirana Peace Embassy.

The audience included representatives of academia, the media, sports, and women’s groups, as well as young people and Ambassadors for Peace.

The theme of the event, held on September 20, 2022, was "Peace Starts with Me," as UPF believes that each individual has the extraordinary potential to become a starting point of peace. Each individual can resonate peace within himself, within the family and beyond.

Defrim Methasani, the chairman of the Tirana Peace Council and a well-known journalist, was the moderator of the event. After the welcoming speech given by Dr. Eva Çipi, the chairwoman of UPF-Albania, the participants were greeted by Dr. Katsumi Otsuka, the co-chair of UPF for Europe and the Middle East.

This was followed by a moving performance by the well-known tenor Kastriot Tusha.

The two main speakers were H.E. Professor Dr. Bamir Topi, a former president of Albania; and H.E. Almira Zebi Xhembulla, the deputy minister of tourism. Both gave profound messages related to the theme of the International Day of Peace.

The international youth of UPF then gave a beautiful dance performance, showing in practice how to overcome racism and build peace.

Gani Rroshi, the secretary general of UPF-Albania, gave a brief presentation on UPF’s principles and its activities on the national and world levels.

The event concluded with a ceremony in which 10 respected Albanians received the title of Ambassador for Peace.

In addition to former President H.E. Bamir Topi and Deputy Minister of Tourism H.E. Almira Zebi Xhembulla, the new Ambassadors for Peace included Lutfi Nuri, a well-known businessman and philanthropist; Mereme Llubani, a publicist and journalist; and Nertila Spiri, the director of information and news of FAXNEWS TV.

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