I.P.O. ANNUAL REPORT 2012
Vienna, 31 December 2012
40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE I.P.O.
In 2012, the International Progress Organization celebrated the 40th anniversary of its foundation. The organization was legally established on 11 July 1972. The first General Assembly was held in Innsbruck (Austria) on 30 October 1972. The declaration issued by the President of the I.P.O. on this occasion concludes with the following words: "Only if human rights are established as the guiding principles of international law can we credibly proclaim a "New World Order" of peace and justice. This is the message of the International Progress Organization for the multipolar order of the future.."
DIALOGUE AMONG CIVILIZATIONS
In the follow-up to the Doha Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the United Nations Department of Public Information invited the President of the International Progress Organization to write an op-ed article for the special issue of the UN Chronicle (No. 3/2012) that is devoted to the 10th anniversary of the UN General Assembly's declaration of 2001 as the "Year of Dialogue among Civilizations." The article is entitled: "Unity in Diversity: The Integrative Approach to Intercultural Relations." Other contributors to the commemorative volume are Seyed Mohamnmad Khatami, former President of Iran, Ali Gomaa, Grand Mufti of Egypt, and Hans d’Orville, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Strategic Planning.
UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL
RELIGION AND SOCIETY
On 25 March 2012 the President of the I.P.O. delivered in Vienna a lecture for Turkish religious officials in Austria on "The Relationship of Religion and Politics in Austria and Europe." The conference was organized by the Austrian Foreign Ministry in co-operation with the Presidency of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Turkey (Diyanet). On 25 December 2012 the President of the I.P.O. held meetings in Qom, Iran, at the University of Qom, the University of Religions and Denominations, and at the International Institute for Islamic Studies to discuss the possibility of co-operation in the field of inter-religious dialogue.
CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE
The International Progress Organization participated in the International Conference on Jerusalem, which was jointly organized by the League of Arab States and the Islamic Cooperation Organization in Doha, Qatar (26-27 February 2012). The President of the I.P.O. delivered a lecture on "The Evolution of the Palestine Problem and the Status of Jerusalem: Force of Law or Law of Force?"
On 20-21 November 2012 the I.P.O. attended the Palestine hearings of the International War Crimes Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
On 29 November 2012 the International Progress Organization, on behalf of the network of non-governmental organizations on the question of Palestine, delivered a statement on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The meeting was organized at the United Nations Office at Vienna by the United Nations Committee for the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. The meeting coincided with the admission of Palestine as non-member observer state by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
SPECIAL LECTURES BY THE PRESIDENT
INFORMATION VISIT BY THE PRESIDENT
At the invitation of the Tajik Society
for Friendship and Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, the President of
the I.P.O. visited the Republic of Tajikistan (3 to 6 May 2012). He met,
among others, with the former President of the Parliament, Mr. Saidullo
Khairullov, the President of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr.
Mamadsho Ilolov, the Director-General of International Organizations at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. M. A. Jalolov, and with the Chairman
of the Association of Political Scientists, Dr. Abdugani Mamadazimov.
SPECIAL MEETINGS OF THE PRESIDENT
CO-OPERATION WITH NGOs
The International Progress Organization agreed to co-operate with Friede - Institut für Dialog (Vienna) on issues of inter-cultural dialogue and multiculturalism in Europe. On 4 March 2012 the President of the I.P.O. took part in the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Nomura Center for Lifelong Integrated Education in Tokyo, Japan. On 5 October 2012 the I.P.O. attended the session of the Advisory Committee of JUST - International Movement for a Just World.