July 24 2015 from 13.30 till 17.00 hrs in the “Huis van Europa”, Korte Vijverberg 5/6, 2513 AB The Hague
Sincerely we invite you to the above meeting, which will take place in the House of Europe (see: http://www.huisvaneuropa.eu ), Korte Vijverberg 5/6 The Hague. We thank the House of Europe for the provision of the space and hospitality.
Although the European Union not so long ago was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the continuation of peace in Europe is not self-evident when looking at the following phenomena: rising nationalism, Russia's agression, the spread of criminal and terrorist networks in Europe, the emergence of China as a superpower (also military), the decline in US influence around Europe and reduced enthusiasm for the EU. Therefore it is important not to lose what has been achieved and to further develop it. With this meeting, we want to contribute to revitalisation of the Road to Peace in Europe and encourage Europe to step up its efforts for peace in the world.
13.50 Opening by dr. M.K. Gautam, emeritus professor in cultural anthropology at the University of Leiden
13.55 Short Introduction about the “Huis van Europa”
14.10 Theme: How to Preserve and Develop Co-operation and Peace in Europe?
Dr. W. van Eekelen.
Dr. Van Eekelen joined the Netherlands Foreign Service in 1957 and served in New Delhi, London, Accra, Paris and Brussels NATO and became State Secretary for Defence, State Secretary for European Affairs and Minister of Defence. In 1989 he became Secretary General of the Western European Union. Now he is a member of the Netherlands Advisory Commission on European Integration.
Mr. G. Oketa
Mr. G. Oketa is a former Minister of Defence and Deputy Prime Minister of Albania and founder of the New Democratic Spirit Party
Prof. Dr. Mrs. M. Kalsky.
Manuela Kalsky is a theologian and director of the Dominican Study Centre for Theology and Society (DSTS). Since January 1, 2012 she holds the Edward Schillebeeckx Chair for Theology and Society at the Free University in Amsterdam. She leads the Project (New) We: Looking for a New We. How to find social cohesion in the highly individualized and at the same time multicultural as well as multireligious society?
Mr. J. Marion.
Jacques Marion is Secretary General of UPF Europe. For a considerable time he has been working in Russia. He is involved in organizing UPF conferences in Europe and world wide.
15:40 Discussion, questions and answers following the contributed ideas
16:10 Concluding Remarks
16:15 Closure and some opportunity for informal gathering
In order to prepare the meeting well and because of limited space, we kindly ask you to confirm your attendance by e-mail, fax or phone to Mrs. Elfi Verstraeten, tel. 0346 572 989, fax 084 7428717 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
In connection with the limited time and coverage, writing down your input would be very helpful.
For further information about the meeting or how to reach the venue, please contact UPF The Hague, Mrs. Rita Salaris, tel. 070 3835938 / 06 55171320. Looking forward to meet you,
Met vriendelijke groet,
Drs. W.A. Koetsier, Secretaris UPF NL
Tel. 020 6957440 / 06 33913844
August 27, prof. S. Miedema on "Philosophical learning to live together: a task for Schools";
October 15, prof. T. de Wit on "Political and religious dilemmas in our multicultural society"
December 10 about Human Rights.
Additionally expected: Celebration of the International Day of Peace on or near September 21.
Tel: 0346-572989 of 070-3835938.E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org