Introduction to the Universal Peace Federation
Eurasia and Europe: Cooperation for a Culture of Peace and Human Development
Written by Robin Marsh
International Leadership Conference held in Paris, December 3rd to 4th, to develop a cooperative relationship of Eurasia and Europe that contain approximately 70% of the world's population.
|By Dr Chang Shik Yang|
|Thursday, 05 December 2013|
International Chairman, Universal Peace Federation
December 3-4, 2013 Hotel Paris 'Novotel Vaugirard', Paris, France
As Chairman of the Universal Peace Federation I am very proud of the work of our Regional Offices here in Europe and Eurasia.
This conference is the third in a series that began in Moscow in April of 2012, with a focus on multi-culturalism, followed by an excellent meeting in Vienna in September 2012, which
addressed the relationship between
Russia and the EU. Both of these meetings were extremely
productive, and established the foundation for our meeting here today in
It is unfortunate that we could not hold this event at
the UNESCO Headquarters itself as originally planned, due, I believe,
to some deep misunderstandings on the part of certain officials.
However, I am confident that we will be able to resolve these in due
course. What has occurred will certainly not take away from the special
respect and appreciation that UPF feels for UNESCO as an institution.
encouraging dialogue and cooperation. By organizing this conference, the
Universal Peace Federation seeks to fully support these UNESCO
initiatives. In this way, we want to serve as a helpful civil society
Europe and Eurasia represent two enormously important
civilizations that play major roles in world affairs, politically,
economically, socially and culturally. Of course, the history or the
relationship between these two cultural spheres has not always been
characterized by harmony and cooperation. The legacy of two world wars
during the last century, and the longstanding Cold War have left bitter
memories and scars.
Northeast Asia, to promote economic and
political cooperation, and to assure peace.
The Commonwealth of
Independent States and the Russian Federation are equally important
historical developments. Currently President Putin is seeking to
establish a Eurasian Economic Union.
UPF is especially committed to promoting
interfaith, inter-ethnic, and inter-civilizational dialogue and
cooperation. One of our main projects over the past ten years is the
Middle East Peace Initiative or “MEPI”. Recently we convened an
important conference in Amman, Jordan to address the conflict in Syria,
calling upon religious leaders, representing Islam, Christianity,
Judaism and Druze to raise their voices for peace and interfaith
cooperation. We expect to have a strong interfaith presence in Geneva at
the time of the Geneva II negotiations next month.
believe that by fostering closer and more cooperative relations between
Russia and the CIS with Europe and the EU we can make a great
contribution to world peace, overcoming many of the obstacles that have
divided these two geopolitical and cultural spheres.
Second, let us promote more interfaith and ecumenical dialogue among
faith leaders of Europe and Eurasia, in cooperation with the World
Council of Churches and the Vatican and interfaith organizations such as
King Abdullah’s Inter-cultural and International Interfaith Center in
Third, let us promote educational programs that affirm
the core values of both Europe and Eurasia, and underscore the shared
values that bind us closer together.