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  • Closing banquet & Mauthausen

    The International Leadership Conference concluded with a large dinner banquet at the Parkhotel Schönbrunn, at which congratulatory words and reflections were shared by the former president of Albania, a Moroccan scholar and a woman leader from the United Kingdom. The following day, some of the conference participants made a pilgrimage to the Mauthausen Memorial to offer an interreligious prayer.

  • Session 5: Inauguration of the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD) in Europe and the Middle East

    It is time for humanity to embrace universally shared values, going beyond differences of ideology, race, nationality, and religion, and pursue a path of mutual cooperation and mutual prosperity. In this way it is possible to build a world of lasting and sustainable peace that can be bequeathed to future generations. To fulfill this task, religious leaders have a primary responsibility to cooperate beyond denominations and work in harmony with leaders in all fields of society. In this session, religious leaders and leaders of faith-based organizations will propose the formation of a world-level interfaith association through which to work together for peace and development.

  • Session 4D: Peace Initiatives in the Balkans

    As a historical crossroads of empires and cultures, the Balkan Peninsula is the center of political, cultural and religious influences that make it a significant field for interreligious and intercultural peacebuilding in Europe in the 21st century. In this session, panelists will offer their perspectives on peacebuilding initiatives undertaken in the Balkans and recommend action steps toward a peaceful and democratic future in the region. This session also will feature a presentation of the Balkan Peace Road project promoted by UPF.

  • Session 4C: Toward a New Dialogue between Europe and Eurasia

    After the end of the socialist system in Europe, following the dissolution of the USSR, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, new sovereign states with new borders appeared on the map of Europe. In the context of the current geopolitical realities, participating nations of the Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) need to come to the negotiating table to revise the Helsinki Accords to reach a mutually acceptable understanding of the previous frameworks and discuss their possible modification. Panelists in this session will offer their perspectives on the role that may be played by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly – and by the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) – in this undertaking.

  • Session 4B: Middle East Peace Initiatives: Assessing the Role of Religion

    Peacebuilding necessarily involves cooperation between all sectors of society. While the world looks in anguish at the horrors of multiple conflicts in the home of the Abrahamic faiths, the evidence on the ground suggests that such conflicts are stoked by an array of other factors, not least a dearth of civic values and near-absence of the rule of law. In what way has—and in what way can—religion play a positive role in bringing peace to the peoples of the Middle East?

  • Session 3: The Role and Relevance of Religion in Building Inclusive, Peaceful and Prosperous Societies

    Throughout the world, religion continues to play a very significant role in guiding the development of individuals as well as the wider society.

  • Session 2: Religious Leaders and Parliamentarians as Peacemakers

    Lasting solutions to the critical challenges of our time call for both the skills and experience of politicians and the global vision provided by religious leaders. How can parliamentarians and leaders of faith-based organizations, transcending national, religious and political affiliations, cooperate to develop comprehensive strategies for peace and development? Panelists will offer their perspectives on the complementary roles of political and religious leaders and propose policies and action steps to address specific challenges affecting Europe and the Middle East.

  • Session 1: The Vision and Initiatives of the Universal Peace Federation

    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).

  • Session 4A: Values Education and Healthy Families – Fostering an Environment for Prosperity, Citizenship and Interreligious Harmony

    Building a peaceful world of co-prosperity and shared values has long been the goal of religion, politics and educational institutions. In a stable, loving family, individuals may naturally develop capacities for love, respect, communication, cooperation, service, conflict resolution, forgiveness and other social skills that are relevant to life in the wider society. How can this universal principle be applied and extended to encourage harmonious social relations and partnerships for peace in our communities and in the family of nations?

  • The Balkan Peace Road Project

    Ms. Manjola Vasmatics, Secretary General, Tirana UPF Peace Council, Albania

    Intervention of Ms. Manjola Vasmatics, Secretary General, Tirana UPF Peace Council, Albania, at the international leadership conference in Vienna, Austria.

  • Some Thoughts on Values for the New World Family

    Ms. Tahirih Danesh

    Intervention of Ms. Tahirih Danesh, Senior Programme Consultant, The Ward and Brown Foundation, United Kingdom, at the international leadership conference in Vienna, Austria.

  • Establishing a true culture of interdependence, mutual prosperity and universally shared values

    Prof. Yeon Ah Moon, President, Women’s Federation for World Peace, International, Korea

    Intervention of Prof. Yeon Ah Moon, President, Women’s Federation for World Peace, International, Korea, at the international leadership conference in Vienna, Austria.

  • Toward Interdependence and Mutual Prosperity: The Role of Religious Leaders

    Archbishop Dr Johanes Ndanga

    Intervention of Archbishop Dr Johanes Ndanga, Founder and Director, Pentecostal Church of Christ International, Zimbabwe, at the international leadership conference in Vienna, Austria.

  • The Role of Parliamentarians in Strenghening Inter-Religious Harmony

    The Role of Parliamentarians in Strenghening Inter-Religious Harmony

    Intervention of Prof. Dr Vasilika Hysi, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Albania, at the international leadership conference in Vienna, Austria.

  • We all live under the same sky, but we do not all have the same horizon

    Viggo Mortensen, Dr. Theology. Professor emeritus, University of Aarhus, Denmark.

    Intervention of Viggo Mortensen, Professor emeritus in Systematic Theology, Denmark, at the international leadership conference in Vienna, Austria.

  • Welcoming remarks by Dr. Katsumi Otsuka

    Welcoming remarks by Dr. Katsumi Otsuka

    Welcoming remarks of Dr Katsumi Otsuka in support of UPF, the ILC, and the Inauguration of the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development in Europe and the Middle East.

  • Freedom of Faith a ‘Litmus Test’ for All Human Rights

    Dr. Jan Figel, the European Union special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU

    Intervention of Dr. Jan Figel, the European Union special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU, at the international leadership conference in Vienna, Austria.

  • Freedom of religion and its role in the promotion of peace

    Dr. Raffaela Di Marzio

     Intervention of Dr. Raffaela Di Marzio, Founder and Director, LIREC (Center for Studies on Freedom of Religion, Belief and Conscience), Italy, at the international leadership conference in Vienna, Austria.

  • Seeking ‘The Femininity of God’

    Seeking ‘The Femininity of God’

    Linz, Austria—The historical development of women’s role, from early Christianity to today, was the focus of a lecture co-sponsored by UPF.

  • Austrian Lecture Exposes the Real Karl Marx

    Austrian Lecture Exposes the Real Karl Marx

    Linz, Austria—In the year of his 200th birthday, Karl Marx was the subject of a lecture on his life and his legacy.

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