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Sunhak Peace Prize 2017 Laureate Announcement
2017 Sunhak Peace Prize focuses on the Global Refugee Crisis: On November 29, 2016, Dr. Gino Strada from Italy and Dr. Sakena Yacoobi from Afghanistan were revealed as the recipients of the 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize at a banquet held at the International Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.   weiter...


Walls or Bridges?
(Dienstag, 6. Dezember 2016 19:00 - 21:00 Uhr, Lassingleitnerplatz 2/3, 1020 Wien) Youth UPF Austria invites you to our discussion on the topic of migration, from an individual perspective to a global one. In order to provide you a time and space to gather information and reflect on this pertinent issue, we offer the two following panels: Storytelling - My Journey, My Vision & New Trends in Global Politics: Migration and the Rise of Populism.   weiter...


Ambassadors for Peace-Konferenz mit Adventfeier
(Donnerstag, 8. Dezember 2016 ab 14:00 Uhr, Seidengasse 28, 1070 Wien) Berichte über Aktivitäten im Jahr 2016, Ausblick auf 2017, Adventfeier, Nationaler Friedensrat der Ambassadors for Peace.   weiter...


Eine musikalische Reise von Moskau nach Wien
Galakonzert mit Künstlern und Künstlerinnen aus Moskau am 13. November 2016: Romanzen - klassische und moderne Musik aus Russland - Musik aus Wien.    weiter...


Parliamentarians for Peace Launched in Central America-Caribbean Region
San Jose, Costa Rica - The vice president of Costa Rica and dignitaries from Central America and the Caribbean attended the UPF International Leadership Conference (ILC) in Costa Rica. Among the 130 guests attending the ILC and the launching of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) were a total of 78 parliamentarians and government officials from the region. Costa Rican Vice President Hon. Ana Helena Chacon, attended the conference along with the president and vice president of the Legislative Assembly and the minister of foreign trade of Costa Rica.   weiter...


Syria: Church Leaders Bring Children's Call for Peace to European Leaders and UN officials
Acting as "Ambassadors of the Children" three prominent Syrian Church leaders - Patriarch Gregorios III, the head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Greek Orthodox Metropolitan George Abou Zakhem of Homs, and Syrian Orthodox Bishop Selvanos Boutros Al Nemeh of Homs - are this week visiting EU and UN officials, respectively in Brussels and Geneva.   weiter...

Consultations on the Crisis in Syria


International Day of Peace Observed in Italy
Monza, Italy - An interfaith prayer for peace was held by candlelight to celebrate the 2016 International Day of Peace.The prayer vigil was held on the evening of September 21 in front of the Town Hall of Monza.   weiter...


Interreligiöse Feier - Weltfriedenstag der UNO
Die Föderation für Weltfrieden lud am 25. September 2016 gemeinsam mit der Familienföderation und der Frauenföderation zu einer Interreligiösen Feier amlässlich des Weltfriedenstags der UNO ein. Das Thema für 2016 lautet "The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace."    weiter...


Parliamentarians for Peace Launched in London
London, United Kingdom - The third of a series of regional conferences launching the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) was held from September 7-9, 2016. With the theme "Interregional Dialogue Addressing Critical Challenges: Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa" the International Leadership Conference organized by UPF represented the official launch of IAPP in these three regions.   weiter...


Peace and Sustainable Development: Intergenerational Challenges
In honor of the UN's International Day of Peace, an innovative event was held in the Vienna International Centre - United Nations on September 16, 2016: a look at the intergenerational challenges of peace through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).   weiter...

Hip Hop for Peace and SDGs


Friedensforschung in Österreich - Bilanz und Perspektiven
Das Jahrbuch Friedenskultur will einerseits eine Leistungsschau des Zentrums für Friedensforschung und Friedenspädagogik sein, andererseits versteht es sich als ein vielfältiger wissenschaftlicher Diskussionsbeitrag zu Friedensstudien - und zwar nicht nur für Österreich, sondern auch für die internationale scientific community.    weiter...


Ursachen der Konflikte, Flüchtlingselend und Friedensperspektiven in Syrien und im Nahen Osten
Die Föderation für Weltfrieden lud am 16. August 2016 zu einem Informationsabend ein. Vortragende waren Thomas Schellen, Journalist, Editor-at-large für das Executive-Magazine und Hermine Schellen, Generalsekretärin der UPF im Libanon.   weiter...


Swiss "Peace Road" Honors Peace Cyclist
Geneva, Switzerland - The 2016 Peace Road urged the UN to open an office in Korea and honored the memory of a well-known peace bicyclist. Several separate groups of participants supported the 2016 event, which was organized jointly by the Swiss chapters of UPF and Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, an affiliated organization.   weiter...


UPF joins Interfaith Program at UN Church Center
New York, United States - A diverse group of leaders from spiritual and peace organizations shared speeches, traditions and music during the "Interfaith Celebration for World Peace and Harmony." The meeting was held on July 11, 2016 in the Tillman Chapel of the Church Center for the United Nations, directly across the street from the UN headquarters in New York.    weiter...


UPF im Wiener Rathaus als erfolgreicher Kongressveranstalter geehrt
UPF Austria wurde für die im Jahr 2015 veranstalteten bzw. mitveranstalteten Konferenzen wieder als erfolgreicher Kongressveranstalter geehrt. Peter Haider und Elisabeth Cook nahmen mit 350 weiteren Kongressveranstaltern am 11. Mai 2016 in den Festsaal des Wiener Rathauses an einem Festbankett teil.   weiter...


Essential role of mothers and fathers - UN-New York, Holy See/UPF
On June 1 the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN in New York co-sponsored by UPF hosted an event entitled "The Importance of Motherhood and Fatherhood" in observance of the Global Day of Parents, which the UN General Assembly initiated in 2012.   weiter...


Festival der Nationen: Miteinander leben - Miteinander feiern
Am 19. Juni 2016 fand im Heeresgeschichtlichen Museum zum siebenten Mal das Festival der Nationen statt - eine Reise um die ganze Welt mit Musik, Tanz, Spiel und Spaß. Auf der Bühne haben Kulturvereine, Chöre, Folkloregruppen sowie Kinder und Jugendliche aus verschiedensten Nationen getanzt, gesungen und musiziert.   weiter...


Sudan - das Land, wo Weißer und Blauer Nil zusammenfließen
Die Föderation für Weltfrieden (UPF-Austria) lud am 3. Juni 2016 im Rahmen des Projekts "Horn of Afrika"-Friedensinitiative zu einem Informationsabend über den Sudan und andere Länder am Horn von Afrika ein.   weiter...


Russian 'Angels' build Bridges of Peace in Italy
Turin, Italy - Using traditional songs and dances of Russia, a group of youthful performers touched the hearts of adults and children in northern Italy. The Angels of Peace, a group of Russian boys and girls between 10 and 15 years of age, visited the northwestern city of Turin and the surrounding Piedmont Region for a series of performances from April 26 to May 6, 2016.   weiter...


Global Peace Index 2016 - Global Rankings
The 2016 Global Peace Index media pack includes key media contacts, media releases, research highlights, infographics and key images for download and use by journalists and bloggers.   weiter...


Spiritualität und Familie - Basis für eine nachhaltige Zukunft
UPF-Austria veranstaltete von 28. - 29. Mai 2016 in der "Villa Riehl" in Seebenstein gemeinsam mit der Familienföderation für Weltfrieden und der österreichischen Frauenföderation zum Internationalen Tag der Familien ein 2-tägiges Symposium.   weiter...


Countering Corruption for Social Peace: Interstate and Intercultural Challenges
UN Crime Commission (CCPCJ) side event organized by the Universal Peace Federation and ACUNS: Wednesday, 25 May 2016 at 1.10 p.m. in the Vienna International Centre, M-Building, M6.   weiter...


Why World Peace is Possible - US Perspectives in the Year of Presidential Elections
(Friday, May 20th 2016 um 18:30, Seidengasse 28, 1070 Wien) Lecture evening with Paul K. Chappell is a West Point graduate, former army captain, Iraq war veteran, and now international speaker and Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. In cooperation with Peace Museum Vienna.    weiter...


Musikalische Frühlingsgrüße - von der Wolga an die Donau
Künstler aus Moskau gestalteten am 17. April 2016 einen musikalischen Nachmittag mit russischen Romanzen, Volksliedern und bekannten Opernmelodien.   weiter...


Bosnia in Ukraine - How to break the devil's leg
(eurozine.com) In Ukraine, I confirmed what I learned from the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Firstly, you have to talk to your enemy even in the middle of a war, secondly, that dialogue will not be at all easy or pleasant, and thirdly, it is worth trying, since when it does take place, it is almost certain to yield useful results.   weiter...


Brazilians Walk for Peace
On April 16, 2016, UPF-Brazil in partnership with the Palhoca City Hall held the 8th Walk for Peace in the Upper Aririu neighborhood of Palhoca. Approximately 800 people - Ambassadors for Peace, families, teachers, students, and local organizations participated in the walk.   weiter...


Eurasian Peace Council: Interethnic Cooperation and Interfaith Dialogue for Sustainable Development
Moscow, Russia - Prominent representatives of NGOs, science, and government attended the inaugural meeting of the UPF Eurasian Peace Council. The conference held on April 9, 2016, in Moscow at the historic National Hotel across the street from the Kremlin.   weiter...


Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria and the Middle East - The Role of Religions
Vienna, February 5th 2016 - In the Vienna International Center (United Nations), 250 guests attended the World Interfaith Harmony Week conference on the theme "Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria and the Middle East - The Role of Religions".    weiter...

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Religion and the Sustainable Development Goals

Indonesia: A Model of Moderate Islam

The Role of Religious Studies in Peacemaking

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Botschaft des Friedens

Gibt es einen Traum, der allen Menschen unabhängig von Geschlecht, Alter, Zeit oder Ort gemeinsam ist? Die Geschichte hindurch sehnten sich die Menschen nach der Verwirklichung einer idealen Welt des Friedens. Friedensbewegungen erreichten unweigerlich ihre Grenzen und scheiterten letztlich, weil sie von unvollkommenen Menschen getragen waren.
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