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  • Margriet Heijdemann - The emotional needs of children

    Margriet Heijdemann, educator and family counsellor

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  • Maria Hildingsson, FACFE - Alliances and strategy for a way forward

    Maria Hildingsson, Secretary General of FAFCE

    Other than the UN commemoration of international family day, there so many treaties, organizations and institutions, so we have so many opportunities:

  • Dražen Vukotić - Family values in croatia

    Dražen Vukotić

    The very striking testimony of Mr. Dražen Vukotić, Vice-President, In the Name of the Family-Croatia, showed the power of civil society that brought about the Referendum in Croatia to protect marriage and family in the National Constitution through a constitutional amendment.

  • Tim Miller, Ffwpu - Strengthening marriage and family in the 21st century

    Timothy Miller

    Mr. Timothy Miller representing the Unificationist perspective as a Vice- President of FFWPU Europe, explained about his personal experience as part of Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Moon’s Cross Cultural Marriage Wedding /Blessing and the vision of “World Peace through Ideal Families”.

  • Harry Benson - Family breakdown-can government policy influence couples to stay together

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  • Lynn Walsh - Lack of family in policy at the UN

    Lynn Walsh, co-chair of UN NGO Committee on  the Family in New York

    The first presentation was given by Ms. Lynn Walsh, Office for Marriage & Family of UPF and co-chair of UN NGO Committee on the Family in New York. She mentioned the consistent failure to include the family in policy at the UN.

  • Harry Benson - Family breakdown-can government policy influence couples to split up

    Harry Benson, Research Director, The Marriage Foundation

    The first presenter, Mr. Harry Benson, Research Director of the Marriage Foundation-UK asked, “Has government made the problem worse”?

  • Maria Hildingsson - FACFE, family policies

    Maria Hildingsson, Secretary General of FAFCE

    Mrs. Maria Hildingsson, SG of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) based in Brussels, spoke about the value of marriage to society.

  • Stephen Stacey - The value of marriage to society

    Stephen Stacey

    Mr. Stephen Stacey, Educator and Marital-family Policy Specialist from Finland asked the question, “Is a parent’s right to happiness more important than a child's right to get a good start in life?”

  • World Interfaith Harmony Week Observed at the Vienna International Centre

    World Interfaith Harmony Week Observed at the Vienna International Centre

    Vienna, Austria - An observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week took place at the Vienna International Center (UN Headquarters) on Feb. 7, 2014. Speakers on the theme of the Role of Religions in Promoting a Culture of Peace included religious representatives, academics, journalists, and leaders of NGOs.

  • Executive Report of Geneva Track II Consultation: Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria

    Executive Report of Geneva Track II Consultation

    Executive Report of the UPF Geneva Track 2 Consultation on «Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: The Significance of Religion, Faith-Based Organizations and Civil Society »,Geneva, Switzerland, January 23-24, 2014

  • Track II Consultation on Syria Held in Geneva

    Track II Consultation on Syria Held in Geneva

    Geneva, Switzerland - UPF convened a special program entitled “Geneva: Track II” in Geneva, Switzerland on Jan. 23-25, 2014, concurrent with the “Geneva II” inter-governmental conference that aims to bring about a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Syria.

  • Conference in Paris Promotes Europe-Eurasia Cooperation

    ELC December 2013

    Paris, France - A conference on "Eurasia and Europe: Cooperating for a Culture of Peace and Human Development" took place in Paris, France, Dec. 3-4, 2013, calling attention to the new "Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures" that was inaugurated in August 2013 at the instigation of Kazakhstan and being spearheaded by UNESCO.

  • Rapport sur session V: Forum des jeunes

    Mrs Sonja Read

    Consisting of young people as well as a professional working with youth, the Youth Panel aimed to explore the role that youth volunteering can have in enhancing a culture of peace between Europe and Eurasia. The opportunities and challenges of organising joint Europe and Eurasia youth volunteering projects as a way of enhancing peace between the regions was looked at through discussing existing projects, the impact these have, and through proposing possible new initiatives.

  • The Role of Volunteering for You and Me

    Ms Marlies Haider

    I want to start with a practical example of volunteering. This summer I was part of the Religious Youth Service (RYS). It took place in Estonia, Johvi, from the 1st to 10th of August, 2013. The project was supported by the Lutheran church of St. Michael, which provided us with accommodation, food and work support. 20 representatives from 13 different countries participated at this RYS projects, such as Germany, France, Austria, UK, Japan, USA, Canada, Italy, Greece, Estonia, and Philippines.

  • Eurasia and Europe: Cooperating for a Culture of Peace & Human Development

    Dr Chang Shik Yang, Secretary General of Universal Peace Federation

    Distinguished Guests, Ambassadors of Peace, Ladies & Gentlemen, on behalf of the Founder, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, and the members of the Board of Directors and the Presiding Council of UPF International, it is my privilege to address you today here in Paris for this conference on Cooperating for a Culture of Peace and Human Development.

  • Can the Family be a Vehicle for Cultural Rapprochement between East and West?

    Josef Gundacker, President, Family Forum, Austria

    Through my work with the Family Forum and also being a partner in the Austrian Family Network, I feel that family is the key factor for human development to create a culture of peace. Having visited different countries in Europe and beyond, I learned that family is of great importance in the life of people in the East and in the West, and so, I maintain, that family is the primary vehicle of rapprochement.

  • The Rising Need for Societal Development

    Dr. Walther Lichem, Former Head, Department of International Organizations, Foreign Ministry, Austria

    The global agendas for the 21st century are marked by an enhanced focus on the human being, on the citizen and on societies in addition to the traditional addressing of issues related to governments and states. Peace is not any more the achievement of governmental armament, defended borders and related policies but, as the title of our meeting indicates, the result of value structures of societal cultures carried by the human being and by societies.

  • Day of Peace Observed at the UN Headquarters in Vienna

    Day of Peace Observed at the UN Headquarters in Vienna

    Vienna, Austria - Nobel laureate Rigoberta Menchú delivered the keynote address at a celebration of the International Day of Peace on Sept. 20, 2013, at the Vienna International Centre.

  • Vienna Forum at the UN Highlights Brazil and a Culture of Sustainable Development

    Vienna Forum at the UN Highlights Brazil and a Culture of Sustainable Development

    Vienna, Austria- "Culture and Creative Economy as Basic Elements for Sustainability" was the topic of a forum at the Vienna International Center (UN headquarters in Vienna) on July 5, 2013.

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