UPF - Universal Peace FederationEuropean Leadership ConferenceWFWP - Women's Federation for World Peace

Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future

United Nations International Day of Peace 2012

Stortinget, Oslo, Norway, 20th-22nd September­

Web: www.uk.upf.org   &   www.wfwp.org


You are cordially invited to attend a European Leadership Conference from September 21st to 22nd under the theme ‘Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future’.  The European Leadership Conference (ELC) is sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and Women's Federation for World Peace (WFWP) and is part of a series being held in Parliaments and at UN institutions around Europe. This particular conference benefits from sponsorship from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For reports of previous ELCs please follow this link.


Secretary General Ban Ki-moon wrote in June about this year’s International Day of Peace theme:  The International Day of Peace, marked every year on 21 September, gives us all a chance to reflect on the unconscionable toll — moral, physical, material — wrought by war. Those costs are borne not only by us today, but by future generations as well. That is why this year’s theme is “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.” It highlights the fact that we cannot possibly think about building a sustainable future if there is no sustainable peace. Armed conflicts attack the very pillars of sustainable development, robbing people of the opportunity to develop, to create jobs, to safeguard the environment, to fight poverty, to reduce the risk from disasters, to advance social equity and to ensure that everyone has enough to eat.

After international arrivals on September 20th the conference programme will convene on September 21st and 22nd in the Stortinget (Norwegian Parliament) and include sessions on Sustainable Peace and their relationship to: A New Vision, Human Rights, Spiritual Traditions, Education for Global Citizenship, Human Security and Retaining Military Strength. A draft programme can be found below listing topics as well as confirmed and invited speakers.

A fee of 320 Euros for each participant will include two nights stay in a twin – bedded room in the Thon Stefan Hotel, with meals, transport and all aspects of the programme (single accommodation and extra nights will incur additional cost). To notify us of your wish to attend, please complete the attached registration form and send it to your local UPF or WFWP contact person. We look forward to hearing from you soon and hope that you will be able to take time out of your busy schedule to join us for this very meaningful conference.

Yours sincerely,


Dr. Yong Cheon Song                                  Carolyn Handschin-Moser

Chairman, UPF Europe                                  President WFWP Int. - Europe


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European Leadership Conference:

Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future

United Nations International Day of Peace 2012

Stortinget, Oslo, Norway, 20th-22nd September­

Thursday, 20th September


Afternoon and Evening:
Arrivals and Registration at the Thon Stefan Hotel

Friday, 21st September

07:00 Breakfast at the hotel

08:30 Depart for the venue for the morning session: Restaurant Mehfel  in Kirkegt. 15

 

09:00 SESSION I: A new Vision for Sustainable Peace
Moderator: Steinar Murud, UPF secr.gen, Norway

Mr. Stian Bragtvedt, UN Communications Office, Norway
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Section for Peace and Reconciliation

Mr. Mark Brann, Secretary general UPF Europe

Comments and questions

 

10:00 Coffee Break

10:30 SESSION II, Youth:  Education for Global Citizenship and Sustainable Peace
Moderator: Bogdan Pammer, UPF Youth leader

Ms. Hilde Ekeberg, National Director, Youth for Understanding

Ms. Nassima Dzair, International Federation of Medical Student’s Associations

Ms. Irene Incerti, Boardmember “Ung Dialog”

Ms. Andrea Hellener, PRESS - Save the Children Youth Norway

Comments and questions

12:00 Lunch                    Venue for the afternoon:  Stortinget – The Parliament

 

14:00 SESSION III: Our Spiritual Traditions and Sustainable World Peace
Moderator: Ed Brown, Stefanus Alliance International

Mr. Stein Villumstad – General Secretary for European Council of Religious Leaders - Religions for Peace (ECRL)

Dr. Imam Abduljalil  Sajid, Chair, Dialogue of Cultures in Europe, Deputy Chair, Religions for Peace- Europe

Bhante Sobhana, Prelate of Scandinavian Sri Lanka Theravada temple in Stockholm
Mr.Jack Corely, UPF Europe

Comments and questions

15:30 Coffee Break


16:00 SESSION IV: Human Rights – a Necessity for Sustainable Peace
Moderator: Ed Brown, Stefanus Alliance International

Mr. Jan Egeland , Human Rights Watch Europe
Ms. Silvia Escobar, Former Human Rights Ambassador of Spain

MP Ine Eriksen Søreide,   Leader of the Standing Committee of Foreign Affairs and Defence
Comments and questions

 

17:30 SESSION V: Contributing to Sustainable Peace between Israelis and Palestinians

Mr. Robin Marsh, UPF UK
Film Premier:  ‘Within the Eye of the Storm’

 

19:00 Dinner  and great cultural performances at Restaurant Mehfel, Kirkegata 15

Saturday 22nd September : Venue: House of the Conservative Party, Høyres Hus, Stortingsgaten 20

07:00 Breakfast and Check-out

 

09:00 SESSION VI, Women:  Human Security and Sustainable Peace
Moderator: Robin Marsh, UPF UK
Prof. Akiko Yamanaka, Deputy Foreign Minister of Japan (2005-2006)

Ms. Carolyn Handschin-Moser - President WFWP Int. – Europe
Ms. Kerstin Schultz, Researcher – Institute for International Studies, Stockholm
Ms. Isabel  Hillestad, Institute for Family Policy, Oslo
Comments and questions

 

10:30 Break

 

11:00 SESSION VII: Peace Loving Nations retaining Military Strength- a Prerequisite for Sustainable Peace?
Moderator: Mark Brann, UPF UK
Dr. Werner Fasslabend, Former Minister of Defence Austria (1990-2000), President, Academy of the conservative party Austria.
Colonel Gjermund Eide, The Norwegian Defence University College

Mr. Tore Nyhamar, Researcher  FFI, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment

Comments and questions

 

12:30 Lunch

 

14:00 SESSION VIII:  Peacemakers
Moderator: Cecilie Fortune, UPF UK
Norway’s Global Role for Peace:

-Prof.  Øyvind Tønnesson, Lillehammer University College and University of Oslo

A Peace Loving Global Citizen:
-Mr. Timothy  Miller, Vice-Chair UPF Europe

15:00 Break

 

15:30                     SESSION IX:  Closing Session
Moderator: Tim Miller, UPF UK (TBC)
Update and Overview

Ms. Carolyn Handschin-Moser - President WFWP Int. – Europe

Mr. Mark Brann, Secretary General UPF Europe

Reflections and Ambassador for Peace Awards

17:00                     Departures


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UPF Global Peace Council

Partial listing of European members


H.E. Dr Alfred Moisiu President Albania 2002-07

Prof Dr Christian Brunner Professor Emeritus of Constitutional Law University of Graz, Austria

Robert Vandemeulebroucke Ambassador (retd.) Kingdom of  Belgium

Prof Dr Anto Domazet Former Minister of Finance, Bosnia Herzegovina

Mr Rony Wolf Smolar Councillor, Former Vice-Pres.  European Jewish Congress Finland

Prof. Zsuzanna Horvath Lestak

Professor of Marketing & Communications, Budapest College of Finance & Economy Hungary

Dr Antonio Stango  Secretary-General Helsinki Committee, Italy

The Hon Noel Farrugia Member of Parliament, Malta

Dr Willem Van Eekelen Former Minister of Defence, The Netherlands

Dr Andrzej Szewinski  Senator, Poland

Dr. Gabriela Elena Rezk-Gavrila  Vice Pres. National Agency for Social &Health Problems, Romania

Hon. Anton Rop  Prime Minister of Slovenia (2002-2004)

Lord Tarsem King  House of Lords, United Kingdom

Imam Dr Abduljalil Sajid European Representative World Council of Muslims Inter-faith Relations