This was the Opening Ceremony





Reiner Braun, Germany /

Ljuljjeta Goranci-Brkic, Bosnia and Herzegovina /

Goran Bubalo, Bosnia and Herzegovina




6:00 Opening

with music (Choir Pontamina)



6:20 Welcome by:




National Coordinating Committee – Ibrahim Spahic, BiH



International Coordinating Committee – Zaira Zafarana, Italy



Deputy Mayor of city of Sarajevo Ranko Covic, BiH


6:35 Greetings UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs



6:40 Piece of Music (Pontamina)






Joseph Gerson, USA


Hildegard Goss-Mayr, Austria (via video message)


Chico Whitacker, Brasil (via video message)


6:50 Main speakers



Verdiana Grossi (Switzerland, IPB): 1914-2014 – History and lessons learn


Mairead Maguire (Northern Ireland, Nobel Peace Prize 1976):
Nonviolence and a culture of Peace


Samir Arnautović (BiH, University of Sarajevo)


Jasmila Žbanić (BiH, film director): Reconciliation and Europe



7:45 Closing with music


Greetings by Joseph Gerson

Dr. Joseph Gerson is Director of Programs and Director of the Peace and Economic Security Program for the American Friend Service Committee’s Northeast Region. He serves on the Board of the International Peace Bureau and the Steering Committee of No to NATO/No to War.

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Greetings by Dr. Federico Mayor


Dr. Frederico Mayor Zaragoza, former Director General of UNESCO, currently Chairman of the Foundation for a Culture of Peace and Honory Bord member of the International Decade for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace and Non-Violene for the Children of the World.

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