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Oslo to Host European Conference on Sustainable Peace

Steinar Murud
August 9, 2012
UPF -- Norway

Oslo, Norway -- UPF-Europe is organizing a European Leadership Conference September 20-22 in Oslo, Norway linked to the theme of this year's International Day of Peace: "Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future." Distinguished delegates from many European countries will be in attendance.

Sponsored by UPF and the Women's Federation for World Peace, the conference is part of a series being held in Parliaments and at UN institutions around Europe. This conference benefits from sponsorship from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and some sessions will take place in the Stortinget, Norway's Parliament.

Session topics

A New Vision for Sustainable Peace

Human Rights – a Necessity for Sustainable Peace

Our Spiritual Traditions and Sustainable World Peace

Education for Global Citizenship and Sustainable Peace

Human Security and Sustainable Peace

Peace Loving Nations Retaining Military Strength -- A Prerequisite for Sustainable Peace?

Norway's Global Role for Peace

Closing Session

For more information, email Steinar Murud.

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. 

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