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World Peace Forum 2013 (Luxembourg)

Protected content Peace Forum Kicks-Off on Thursday

The Protected content Peace Forum is taking place from Thursday 16 to Monday 20 May Protected content the Schengen Lyzeum in Perl, Germany (just across the river from Schengen, Luxembourg).


Established by the non-profit organisation, the Schengen Peace Foundation, in Protected content recognised by Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Henri, the World Peace Forum is organised by a group of volunteers engaged in peace efforts and led by its president, Dominicus H. Rohde.

The World Peace Forum presents a worldwide platform to enhance the exchange of best practice between existing peace activists and peace initiatives, inviting all interested parties for participation and support. Additional related conferences and other events are conducted around the world, further bringing the 'Spirit of Schengen' to the world.

The aims and goals of the World Peace Forum are:

• to encourage free discussion on peace issues and related matters between all interested parties;

• to promote peace into major areas of human life, from business activities to the arts; and

• to institutionalise peace by placing it onto the agendas of governments and organisations globally.

The World Peace Forum counts on the support of a growing number of Nobel Peace Laureates including South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu as well as Argentine peace activist Adolfo Perez Ezquivel and former Luxembourg Prime Minister, Jacques Santer.

The Schengen Peace Foundation and the World Peace Forum are funded by public donations and sponsorship.

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The Protected content Peace Forum takes place between Thursday 16 to Monday 20 May Protected content comprises a comprehensive programme involving keynote speeches, panel disucssions and workshops, as well as themed meals and a cultural programme, full details of which can be found at Protected content .

The event attracts an ever-growing number of peacemakers who are coming to Luxembourg in order to present their peace projects and ideas, their efforts and ways to build a more peaceful world. As a result, the World Peace Forum is becoming a broader platform for best practice exchange and a market place for peacemakers.

As in previous years, speakers and delegates are expected from all corners of the globe, including North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. In total, circa 40 countries will be represented at the Protected content Peace Forum, with the delegates attending the events in Perl & Schengen and other official partner events worldwide. Around one hundred experts and speakers will be involved in conducting workshops and conferences.


Issues such as the tense situation in Korea will be discussed with the participation of veterans of the Korean War from Protected content 1953. Syria is also on the agenda with the participation of Raphael Pitti, a military doctor who has supervised the creation of several field hospitals to help Syrian refugees. The World Peace Forum Protected content also address the role of youth and social networks as a new form of political expression, as well as the situation of women in the world today, with testimonials from around the globe.

This year, India is partner country for the World Peace Forum and will feature an afternoon conference dealing with social, economic and religious issues.

Each half-day of the forum is dedicated to one of nine specific themes that affect our world today, as follows:

- Thursday 16 May: World Youth Parliament; Veteran's Day

- Friday 17 May: Conflict Resolution; India - Partner Country of the Forum

- Saturday 18 May: Sports4Peace; The Importance of Languages in a Peace Process

- Sunday 19 May: Women's Day; Syria - Understanding and Helping

- Monday 20 May: Forgiveness and Reconciliation.

Most of the Speeches, Panels and Workshops of the World Peace Forum Protected content be held in English.


In Protected content , Pakinam Magdi and Mohamed Sadek, two young Egyptians who used social media to spread peace after the uprisings in their countries, were invited to share their experiences. In Protected content , it was the author Boualem Sansal, a French Algerian writer, dismissed from his position as Director General of the Ministry of Industry for his writings and pronouncements against the Algerian regime, who was honoured. This year, the World Peace Forum wishes to support the Rotary Club International in its efforts to promote peace, and Heinz Wismann being presented with the "Luxembourg Peace Prize".

Attendance: €60/day (€30for students & WPF members) - includes all food & beverages

For full details, see Protected content .

Venue: Schengen Lyzeum Cenference Centre, Auf der Sabel 2, D- Protected content , Germany (tel: Protected content


Thursday 16 May:

09:30 Opening Address, Dominicus Rohde, President, Schengen Peace Foundation

10:00 World Youth Parliament - Panel Discussion: Challenges for Young People Today, from China to Egypt

11:00 World Youth Parliament - Workshops: Can we Open Europe for the Youth from around the World?

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Veteran's Day - Panel Discussion / Presentation

15:00 Veteran's Day - Religious Ceremony for Veterans from Luxembourg, Germany and France

16:30 Veteran's Day - Panel Discussion: War and Peace - Lookign Back at 50 Years following the Korean War

18:30 Closing Speech: Will the European Peace Model come to an end?

20:00 Opening Day Cocktail Reception, Koch Haus, Schengen

Friday 17 May:

10:00 Presentation of the "World Peace Journal" by Antoine C. Sfeir

11:00 Conflict Resolution - Workshops on Conflict Resolution

12:00 Conflict Resolution - Closing Panel

13:00 Lunch

14:30 India, Partner Country of the Forum - Caste system and social eqlibrium in Modern India, an analysis by Ambi Venkatram, Hon. Consul General from India to Luxembourg

15:00 India - Role of India in promoting peace - Sudhir Kohli, President, Indian Business Chamber of Luxembourg

16:00 India - Panel discussion: Religious harmony in India - where does India lack or lead?

17:00 India - Panel Discussion: Status of women in Indian society - what has gone wrong?

18:00 India - Stage performance by Indian children

19:00 Indian dinner

Saturday 18 May:

09:30 Sports4Peace - Opening speech

10:00 Sports4Peace - Panel Discussion: How can Sports help foster Peace?

11:00 Sports4Peace - "New Games" workshops

13:00 Lunch

14:30 The Importance of Languages in a Peace Process - Opening Speech by Heinz Wismann and Pierre Brunel

15:30 The Importance of Languages in a Peace Process - Workshops on Languages and Peace

17:00 The Importance of Languages in a Peace Process - Closing panel, introducing Friedensfestival Berlin e.V.

18:00 Presentation of the "Luxembourg Peace Prize" to Heinz Wismann

19:00 Dinner, representing the three surrounding countries, followed by "Songs of Love and Hate" Concert by Saphir Blanc

Sunday 19 May:

10:00 Women's Day - World Peace Prayer Society: Flag Mandala, Dagmar Berkenberg, Goi Peace Foundation, Japan

11:00 Women's Day - Panel Discussion: Today's Role of Women from around the World, Catia Goncalves, "I Billion Rising"

12:00 Women's Day - Workshops (India: Examples of Peace - Society in unrest; "Micro finance", Social Engagement; Responsible Investment - Can we Evaluate Peace Efforts?

13:00 Lunch

14:30 Syria, Understanding and Helping - Panel Discussion: Humanitarian Actions currently taking place in Syria, with Raphael Pitti

16:00 Syria, Workshops - Current Conflicts: Mali, Israel-Palestine, Egypt

18:00 Syria, Closing Panel

19:00 Middle Eastern Dinner

Monday 20 May:

09:00 Forgiveness and Reconciliation - Keynote Address: Jaime Cadenas, Santiago de Compostela: Outlooking Forgiveness at the

10:00 Forgiveness and Reconciliation - Panel Discussion: 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty

11:15 Forgiveness and Reconciliation - Workshops (Jurgen Schmitt: "Menu-Geschichte"; Manffred Kontz: Rober Schuman - the architect of Europe)

12:30 Closing Ceremony of the 7th World Peace Forum Protected content

13:00 Closing Lunch

15:00 Departure of Delegates

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