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27. Jänner 2017: Teilnahme an der Konferenz zur Interfaith Harmony Week an der UNO in Wien

"Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Conflict Zones - The Role of Religions" war der Titel der Konferenz, die von unserer Partnerorganisation UPF an der UNO in Wien abgehalten wurde. Zahlreiche Persönlichkeiten aus vielen Ländern waren als Sprecher geladen.

Bericht auf der UPF-Webseite:

The World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Just under a month later, on October 20, 2010, it was unanimously adopted by the UN and henceforth the first week of February will be observed as a World Interfaith Harmony Week. This age of globalization needs enlightened people in each faith, who can examine their sacred writings and traditions and identify the aspects that can benefit all humanity as well as those that preserve each religion's identity. UPF and its network of Ambassadors for Peace celebrate this week each year, in a way that encourages understanding, respect, and cooperation among people of all faiths for the well-being of our communities and peace in the world.

In his welcome address Mr. Peter Haider, President of UPF in Austria stated that peace can be fully accomplished only when the wisdom and efforts of religious leaders, who represent the internal concerns of the mind and conscience, work cooperatively and respectfully with government officials who have much practical wisdom and worldly experience. UPF advocates for the establishment of an Interfaith Council at the United Nations as well as on national and local levels to provide structures for this to take place. Then the World Interfaith Harmony Week anthem "The Gift of Love" was shown.

Mr. Jacques Marion, Secretary General UPF Europe served as the chair of the first session. Speakers included HE Hussam Abdullah H. G. Al Husseini, Ambassador of Jordan to Austria, Dr. Ihor Shaban, who serves as the chairman of the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious affairs in the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in Kiev, Mrs. Lama Al Atassi, a peace activist from Homs, Syria who came from Paris as well as Mrs. Nada El Jarid, Counselor in the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Marocco to the UN in Vienna and Dr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic, a professor in international law and global political studies.

The 2nd Session was chaired by Mrs. Heather Wokusch, Liaison officer for ACUNS Vienna. Speakers included Mr. Mayank Sharma, Counselor in the Embassy of India in Vienna, Dr. Wendelin Ettmayer, who served as a member of the Austrian Parliament from 1977 until 1993 and from 1994 – 2008 as an ambassador to Finland, Canada and the Council of Europe. Mrs. Tatjana Sehic MA, who is the program director of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Dr. Gottfried Hutter, a theologian and psychotherapist from Munich in Germany and Dr. Leo Gabriel, a social anthropologist, journalist and the initiator of „peaceinsyria.org” completed the list of speakers.

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3. - 8. Juli 2016: Teilnahme an der Sommerakademie an der Friedensburg Schlaining

Thema: "Um Gottes Willen - Die ambivalente Rolle von Religion in Konflikten"

Auch wenn Religion vielerorts vermehrt als eskalierender Faktor wahrgenommen wird, trägt sie weltweit zum friedlichen Zusammenleben in Gesellschaften bei. Die Sommerakademie will über den komplexen Zusammenhang von Religion und Konflikten aufklären

Weitere Infos: www.friedensburg.at

Da der Dialog zwischen Religionen und damit der Beitrag dieses Dialoges zum Frieden ein wichtiges Teilgebeit der Friedensakademie ist, hat Paul Ettl wieder an der Sommerakademie in Schlaining teilgenommen.

Eröffnung durch BP Heinz Fischer und Bischof Manfred Scheuer

Bischof Manfred Scheuer, Präsident von Pax Christi © ÖSFK

Eröffnet wurde die 33. Sommerakademie durch Bundespräsident Dr. Heinz Fischer und den Bischof von Linz, Dr. Manfred Scheuer, der auch Präsident von Pax Christi Österreich ist.

Fischer erzählte in seiner Rede sehr persönliche Episoden, da er mit dem Gründer der Friedensburg, Dr. Gerald Mader, sowie dem aktuellen Präsidenten der ÖSFK, Dr. Peter Kostelka, schon lange bekannt ist.

Bischof Scheuer hielt einen sehr beachtete Vortrag über "Die Aufgabe/Rolle der Religionen im Spannungsfeld von Gewalt und Gewaltverzicht". Dieser Vortrag ist auf der Webseite der Diözese Linz zum Nachlesen.


Fotos vom Workshop 4: Interreligiöse Friedensarbeit (Leitung: Otto Raffai)



8. August 2012: GENBAKU NOHI Celebration

The NGO Committee on peace in cooperation with Ms. Yuko Gulda invites to: GENBAKU NOHI Celebration 2012 - Commemorating the victims of nuclear bombs and calling for a ban of all nuclear weapons

Date: 8 August 2012, 13:00 

Place: VIC, at Peace Bell; in case of rain: in the Rotunda


  • H.E. Mr. Toshiro OZAWA, Ambassador of Japan to UN Vienna
  • H.E. Mr. Jargalsaikhan Enkhsaikhan, Ambassador of Mongolia to UN Vienna
  • Ms. Annika Thunborg, Spokes person and Chief of Public Information, Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear‐Test‐Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)
  • Klaus Renoldner, physician, representative of IPPNW to UN Vienna, past chair‐person of the NGO‐cte.‐on‐peace, Vienna

MODERATOR: Ms. Marlene Parenzan, NGO‐cte.‐on‐peace

  • Dance‐performance of dancer Kazuko Korosaki
  • Music: Hans Salomon, Saxophone
  • Origami Corner
  • Ringing Peace Bell