Oslo Opening SessionSession 1: A New Vision for Sustainable Peace

Mr. Steinar Murud, Secretary General of the Universal Peace Federation - Norway, gave his welcoming remarks, praising the efforts of all the participating leaders, who are making great efforts in their respective fields. World peace cannot be created by any single individual or group, but we all need to work together in order to build sustainable peace.

Mr. Stian Bragtvedt, Communication Officer in the Norwegian UN communication office in Oslo, commented on the role of the UN and the importance of aligning national politics with UN. He also explained about the role of the local Norwegian communication office, which is a large office with its 30 full time employees

Mr. Mark Brann, Secretary General of UPF Europe, spoke on the importance of the logic of love versus the logic of power, which has been the main way of solving conflicts. But a diplomatic and friendly approach can be just as effective. He illustrated his point by talking about Dr. Moon’s initiatives in Nepal and in North Korea.

Biographical Data:

Opening Session I

Moderator: Steinar Murud, Secr.gen, UPF Norway

Mr. Stian Bragtvedt,
Communication officer at UN Communications Office, Norway

Mr. Mark Brann,
Mark Brann is currently Secretary-General of Universal Peace Federation in Europe based in the United Kingdom. He trained and practised for many years as a lawyer, was Director for Europe, The Middle East and Africa of the international press agency United Press International  and is C.E.O. Europe of the international relief agency International Relief and Friendship Foundation.


Session 2: Education for Global Citizenship and Sustainable PeaceYouth Session Panel

When people of the world are only concerned with their own interest, a common culture of peace is very distant. How can we educate people in global citizenship? This was a youth session with Bogdan Pammer, UPF Youth Europe, as moderator. Ms. Hilde Ekeberg, Norwegian Director of Youth for Understanding, Spoke about the value of cultural exchange. Learning to understand each other is one of the fundamentals for sustainable peace.

Ms. Nassima Dzair, Director of the international Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, used her own background as an example. She is from an Algerian background, born in Norway, and attended the French school in Oslo. This background made her feel very connected to the theme of being a global citizen.

Ms. Sarah Ben-Ammar, a Project Manager from Finland, also with a very international background, spoke about the need of informal education. While the society values formal professional education, we need informal education in order to mature as human beings.

Ms. Irene Incerti, board member of Young Dialogue in Norway, and UPF youth representative, spoke on freedom and responsibility. We all value freedom, but to be responsible in all kind of situations is most fundamental to building peaceful relations.

Biographical Data:

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

Hilde Ekeberg
National Director, Youth for Understanding,  City Council Member in Lillehammer, Advicer in Christian Democratic Party

Nassima Dzair                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Medical student from the University of Oslo. She is representing the International Federation of Medical Student’s Association,  where she has the role of Liaison Officer to Human Rights and Peace Issuses.

Andrea Hellener
PRESS - Save the Children Youth Norway
Central Board Member ,   her special area is democracy and participation

Irene Incerti
Has been the chair and is now boardmember  in “Ung Dialog” (Young dialogue)
Long experience in various dialogue projects between young people, among them Dialogtreff at the Nansen school at Lillehammer


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