Walter Schwimmer is the Former Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Chairman of the International Coordinating Committee of the World Public Forum – Dialogue of Civilizations. He gave this speech in Japan during a series of Universal Peace Federation events.
What is Europe? Looking at the map, strictly speaking, and from a geographic point of view, it is not a continent at all but a mere peninsula tacked onto Asia, the Western-most outreach of Eurasia, while Japan is the Eastern-most one. Europe has been considered since ancient times a continent with a strong cultural identity, despite its huge variety of nations, languages, features, landscape and religious beliefs. You will find in Europe 49 states, 200 languages, and several religious affiliations: Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christians, Muslims, Jews and even Buddhists; there are Latin, Germanic, Slavic and Ottoman traditions, and others. But for millennia this Europe was far from forming unity and providing peace.
A Universal Peace Federation (UPF) - UK, YouthUPF and International Relief Friendship Foundation (IRFF) - UK concert to raise money for a North Korean Medical Project was held last night in UPF's UK Head Quarters last night featuring wonderful singers and musicians who donated their efforts for the cause. The audience was also able to enjoy spicy Korean food as well as learn about the jointly supported North Korean Medical Project and other IRFF humanitarian efforts. Photo Link
Universal Peace Federation - UK's Headquarters in London, together with Mothers of Congo, hosted an event to update and harness the passion to improve the human rights position of people in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A number of the Congolese diaspora were present to share their experiences and to encourage everyone to work for a better future in DRC. Photo Link
Forum for Religious Freedom - Europe names Aaron Rhodes President
Vienna, 4.Apil, 20014 (FOREF): Dr. Aaron Rhodes will succeed Professor Christian Bruenner as President of the Forum for Religious Freedom – Europe (FOREF). The board of directors will formalize the selection at their General Assembly meeting on 5 April 2014.
Aaron Rhodes is a founder of the Freedom Rights Project, a human rights research initiative and think-tank. He was formerly associated with the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) and the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF), which he led for 14 years between 1993 and 2007. In 2008, he and colleagues established the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Rhodes has taught and lectured widely at universities in the United States and Europe. (Photo [L-R] Peter Zoehrer, Dr. Aaron Rhodes, Dr. Willy Fautre, Jura Nanuk)
A Universal Peace Federation - UK event hosted by Rt. Hon. Baroness Verma: Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. (Photo link of the event) Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece: Gender and Equalities Spokesperson for Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords ‘The Lack of Women Representatives in Parliament Especially From BME Backgrounds’ Sir Anand Satyanand: Chairman of Commonwealth Foundation: 'Women of the Commonwealth in the Advance of Civil Society'
'In the Twenty First Century Congo has been dubbed the Rape Capital of the world. We should ask ourselves: Why? For How Long? If it is not Congo, it might be Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe or Rwanda. It might be any African country. It is always Africa. Why? Is it because we are not out there screaming and shouting? Because we are not out there defending? Is it because of the lack of human love?
African Woman of the Year 2012 and Gender Equality Ambassador and Spokesperson for the International Women’s Think Tank & International Women’s Centre
Universal Peace Federation International Women’s Day “Inspiring Change’
House of Lords, Westminster Houses of Parliament, London
Wednesday 12th March 2014
This presentation is based on International Monetary Fund Managing director, Christine Lagarde’s idea of “Daring the Difference to Bridge the Gender Gap: Enabling Women to Participate on an Equal Footing with Men”.