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Peace and Security

Insight on Critical Issues: Europe-Eurasia Relations

The Universal Peace Federation has organized conferences and forums that addressed issues of Europe-Eurasia relations. Click on the titles for links to executive summaries of the proceedings and some texts of presentations:

In partnership with the Permanent Delegation to UNESCO of Tajikistan and the NGOs Académie de Géopolitique de Paris, UPF, and the Women’s Federation for World Peace, a conference on the theme “Eurasia and Europe: Cooperating for a Culture of Peace and Human Development” took place in Paris Dec. 3-4, 2013. Participants included political leaders, academics, NGO representatives, and youth from Europe, Russia, and other Eurasian nations.

This conference was part of a wider series of European Leadership Conferences on topics of pressing concern for Europe and the world, held at such venues as the UN in Geneva and in Vienna, UNESCO in Paris, National Parliaments in the United Kingdom and Norway, and in the Presidential Palace in Malta, over the past few years.

In support of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures launched in August 2013 in Kazakhstan, the conference explored ways to develop and strengthen a culture of peace as the source of cohesion between individuals, communities, ethnicities, races and nations. It is hoped that the conference will help foster and secure peace and development for all on the foundation of shared values and good practice and generate proposals and commitments for the promotion of the rapprochement of cultures and a society of lasting peace.

This conference was the latest stage in a process begun in 2012, when UPF’s Ambassadors for Peace in Europe and Eurasia began to cooperate closely to raise awareness of the potential for partnership and cooperation between their two regions in place of the friction and, at times, open antagonism of the past.

Two highly successful conferences were held in 2012 with a similar purpose. In April 2012 an initial joint conference entitled Russia-Europe Dialogue: Peace and Security in Multicultural Societies at a Time of Global Crisis was held in Moscow with the participation of high level representatives from both regions. In October 2012, a further conference entitled Europe and Russia - Partners in a Globalized World was held at the UN offices in Vienna and brought together former heads of state and government from a number of nations as well as other leading figures from the areas of politics, religion, business, academe and diplomacy to deliberate on that theme.

See also reports of programs initiated by UPF-Eurasia to build grass-roots connections among neighboring peoples: super-marathons, football tournaments and international music festivals.

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