Voices to the Peace Event Sarajevo 2014

Franciscan priest Marko Orsolic

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Franciscan priest Marko Orsolic

founder of International Multi-religious Intercultural Center and one of people recognized as key peacebuilders in BiH and region.

Peace events in BiH concluding with celebration of International Peace Day on September 21st are very important as they affirm Sarajevo as city of peace, and not the cause for the world war.

Peace is built not only by decisions of politicians written on parchment, but with the heart and soul of all the people, and it clearly shown with the basic message being presented in the Judeo-Christian-Islamic spirituality that becomes peace-preserving and peace-creating spiritual strength.

Most beautiful is the fact that young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina have a reason to build peace from events which were a pretext for war previous generations faced 100 years ago.

Director of BEMIC and Member of Directory if IMIC:

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Adolfo Perez Esquivel

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Adolfo Perez Esquivel

Nobel Peace Laureate 1980

The great German - French reconciliation, for what is it good for if the two nations are now together again rushed into war for foreign interests. The country of the great revolution and human rights and the land of Goethe, Schiller and Brecht should fight together the evils of neo-liberal economics – on behalf of human rights and in the name of peace. That is the only way we can make this world to a better place.

Jody Williams

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Jody Williams

Nobel Peace Laureate 1997

“Militarists say that to gain peace we must prepare for war. I think we get what we prepare for. If we want a world where peace is valued, we must teach ourselves to believe that peace is not a ‘utopian vision’ but a real responsibility that must be worked for each and every day in small and large ways. Any one of us can contribute to building a world where peace and justice prevail.”

[Source: www.architectsofpeace.org/architects-of-peace/jody-williams]

Mairead Maguire

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Mairead Maguire

Nobel Peace Laureate 1976

I would like to see political scientists take nonviolence as a serious course of study. If they did so, we could challenge and hopefully change the insistence of world governments that they have a right to threaten or use lethal force as a means of self defence. This long standing building stone of armed force by governments must be removed. There are alternatives to violence and governments and armed insurgency groups can be challenged to use such alternatives.

Desmond Tutu

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Desmond Tutu

Nobel Peace Laureate 1984

We learn from history that we do not learn from history. That is why for the enslaved and oppressed peoples of Africa, WWI was the first of altogether three world wars – The last one is the world war of the rich against the poor and hungry. A war in which they had been conducted by hundreds of thousands to the slaughter for the white men – but it was also the beginning of a comprehensive liberation movement whose success has not been achieved till now. But there is no such thing as a totally hopeless case and god will guide our journey to freedom.

Corazon Fabros

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Corazon Fabros

Secretary General Nuclear-free Philippines Coalition

We have a saying in the Philippines that anyone who does not look at the past does not know the future. In our current work we feel a new sense of urgency to do more mentoring towards the younger peace activists. This is an important part of handing over the work of the past decades. In the same time, it is about handing over the work we at some point had been handed over. Nothing really is permanent, there is always the possibility for change, and change is always for the better.

David Krieger

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David Krieger

Member Advisory Council WFC (World Future Council)

Philosophers have warned that we must learn the lessons of the past if we are going to apply them to the present and change the future. In a nuclear armed world, the challenge is made all the more urgent. As Einstein warned, “The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.” Learning these lessons for peace and changing our modes of thinking to put them into practice are necessary to assure a future.

Philip Jennings

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Philip Jennings

General Secretary UNI Global Union

After the First World War the Treaty of Versailles included the creation of the ILO in the belief that lasting peace could only be achieved if it was truly based on social justice. When our leaders lay wreaths in remembrance next year they’d do well to remember that too. UNI will hold a peace event at our 2014 World Congress in Cape Town. With the global economy unbalanced, 200 million unemployed and leaders intent on filling the troughs of the top one per cent, we will reaffirm the message that an inclusive world is the key to a peaceful one.

Ingeborg Breines

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Ingeborg Breines

Co-President IPB

The first thing that comes to mind are the millions of people who could have made such a different impact on the world, but instead became victims, of greed for power and resources, of imperialism and nationalism. 100 years later, despite many positive steps forward, not least the development of the UN and of civil society organizations, the industrialmilitary complex has grown ever stronger and weapons are becoming increasingly lethal and sophisticated. We need both young women and men to fight for human security, for disarmament and for a sustainable future – in short for what UNESCO labelled a culture of peace.