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South Caucasus Peace Initiative

The situation in the South Caucasus, especially after the war between Russia and Georgia in 2008, threatens international security and causes suffering. UPF's South Caucasus Peace Initiative addresses ideological, interreligious and humanitarian challenges in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Scroll down for reports.

Goals: Build understanding among the diverse groups in the region, promote collaboration among governmental and non-governmental (including faith-based) organizations and the private sector
Methods: Consultations, people-to-people diplomacy through service, sports, and cultural exchanges

Baku, Azerbaijan - UPF-Azerbaijan held a seminar for Ambassadors for Peace in Baku on April 18 on the theme of "Conflicts in the World and UPF."

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Yekaterinburg, Russia - An electronic bridge was formed n February 25 between Yekaterinburg, Russia, and Tbilisi, Georgia, on the theme of “We Make Peace.” Seeing each other electronically, the participants discussed the deep meaning of such notions as peace, peacemaking, service, the origin of conflicts, and what could and should be done to put an end to violence on the planet.

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Tbilisi, Georgia - The first meeting of Ambassadors for Peace in the new year took place on February 12 in the office of the Foundation of Human Development. Its purpose was to review the results of the Universal Peace Federation projects in 2010 and discuss plans for 2011.

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Tbilisi, Georgia - At the Palace of Students in Tbilisi, winners from Georgia of the second International Youth Film Festival “Gift” received diplomas and prizes on February 10.

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A review of the developments of UPF's South Caucasus Peace Initiative from 2008 through 2010.

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Tbilisi, Georgia - A national festival of cultural diversity, “All – for Georgia; Georgia for all,” was organized by the youth department of the civil movement “Multinational Georgia” on October 22 in Tbilisi. Among the participants were representatives of national Diasporas permanently residing in Georgia, foreign guests, and schoolchildren of Tbilisi.

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Tbilisi, Georgia - As part of the "Urals - Georgia: We'll Be Friends" project, the leader of UPF-Georgia, Vitaly Maximov, inspired youth of the Georgia to submit their works to the "Gift" International Youth Film Festival October 8-10 in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

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Baku, Azerbaijan - UPF held a conference in Baku on Sept. 27, 2010, to review the peace process in the Caucasus and review the proposal for an interreligious council at the UN.

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Yerevan, Baku, and Tbilisi - The South Caucasus conflicts, like all territorial disputes, cause a deep pain. Yet when UPF-Eurasia leaders visited Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in May 2010, people said they want to see relationships normalized.

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Tbilisi, Georgia - More than 200 paper doves made by children in the Urals region of Russia with messages of peace, friendship and goodwill for children in Georgia arrived in Georgia in March 2010, in response to messages of goodwill from Georgia students sent the previous September.

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Baku, Azerbaijan - Well-known state and public officials gathered in Baku to review the UPF's South Caucasus Peace Initiative and discuss ways to advance peace in the region.

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Tbilisi, Georgia - Children in school #136 in the capital of Georgia received gifts on Nov. 27, 2009, sent by school children from the Urals region of Russia as part of a project to build bonds between the people of the neighboring countries.

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