I.P.O. ANNUAL REPORT 2014
Vienna, 29 December 2014
WORLD ORDER AND THE POLITICS OF REGIME CHANGE
In the framework of the annual Rhodes meeting of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations," the International Progress Organization (I.P.O.) organized a special plenary session on "World Order and the Politics of Régime Change" (26 September 2014). Among the keynote speakers at the session were Prof. Richard Falk (Princeton University, USA), Prof. Türkkaya Ataöv (University of Ankara, Turkey), Prof. Lyal S. Sunga (Raoul Wallenberg Institute for International Humanitarian Law, Sweden), Prof. Jane Kelsey (University of Auckland, New Zealand), Prof. Alexander Meziyaev (Head of the Dept. of International Law, University of Management, Kazan, Russia), Christopher Black (Canadian Defense Lawyer at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda), Prof. John Laughland (Director of Studies, Institute of Democracy and Cooperation, Paris), and Dr. David Hoile (Professor at Sudan National University, Khartoum).
POLICY OF VIOLENCE
At the invitation of the Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science, the President of the International Progress Organization (I.P.O.), Dr. Hans Köchler, delivered a special lecture on "The Policy of Violence and its Destructive Impact on Social Cohesion" (Muscat, Oman, 4 February 2014). The lecture was part of a Scientific Forum held at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat in connection with the Third "Week of Rapprochement and Human Harmony."
I.P.O. BACKS RESOLUTION CALLING FOR COOPERATION WITH BRICS COUNTRIES
On 17 December 2014, the International Progress Organization endorsed a resolution of more than 100 prominent politicians, businessmen, academics, scientists and artists from 20 countries calling on the U.S. and Europe to collaborate with the BRICS nations in the interest of peace and economic development. The resolution was issued in response to the offer of China's President Xi Jinping for the United States to join China's New Silk Road development program and abandon the policies of confrontation with particularly Russia and China.
I.P.O. co-sponsors appeal for truth and justice in the Great Lakes region of Africa
In November 2014, the International Progress Organization co-sponsored the Appel pour la vérité et la justice dans la région des Grands Lacs, signed by criminal lawyers and human rights experts from Belgium, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and United States.
DIALOGUE AMONG CIVILIZATIONS
On 19 February 2014, at the head office of the I.P.O. in Vienna, the President of the I.P.O. gave an interview for the Network of NGOs affiliated with the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" on the organization's contribution to dialogue among civilizations since the 1970s.
On 5 June 2014 the President of the I.P.O. held consultations in Istanbul (Turkey) with Prof. Bekir Karlıga, Advisor to the Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Coordination Committee (Turkey) for the Alliance of Civilizations.
On 30 August 2014 the President of the International Progress Organization delivered a special lecture on "The Importance of the Dialogue of Civilizations for International Relations" (Annual Conference of the "Courage for Ethics" initiative, Sirnach, Switzerland).
From 17 to 19 September 2014 the International Progress Organization participated in the Peace Summit of the World Alliance of Religions for Peace in Seoul, South Korea. Together with representatives of religious communities from all continents, the I.P.O. signed a solemn Appeal for Religious Unity.
On 17 November 2014 the President of the International Progress Organization delivered a keynote speech on "Dialogue among Civilizations in the Global Era" (11th International Forum of the Nomura Center for Lifelong Integrated Education, Tokyo, Japan).
CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
WAR IN UKRAINE
/ TRAGEDY OF FLIGHT MH 17
/ TRAGEDY OF FLIGHT MH 17
On 26 July 2014, the
International Progress Organization
issued a call for an
impartial and independent investigation of the circumstances of the
crash of Malaysian Airlines 17 over rebel-controlled territory in
Eastern Ukraine. According to the statement of the I.P.O., an
investigation has to be international and it must be ensured that no
party to the conflict in Ukraine is in a position to influence its
On 26 July 2014, the International Progress Organization issued a call for an impartial and independent investigation of the circumstances of the crash of Malaysian Airlines 17 over rebel-controlled territory in Eastern Ukraine. According to the statement of the I.P.O., an investigation has to be international and it must be ensured that no party to the conflict in Ukraine is in a position to influence its outcome.
SPECIAL LECTURES BY THE PRESIDENT
INFORMATION VISITS BY THE PRESIDENT
From 31 January to 7 February 2014 the President of the I.P.O. visited the Sultanate of Oman. He met, among others, with the Secretary-General of the Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture & Science; Minister of Higher Education; Minister of Culture and National Heritage; Minister of Information; Secretary-General of the Foreign Ministry; and Governor of the South Batinah Region.
From 25 to 27
July 2014 the President of the I.P.O. made a fact-finding visit to the
Republic of Moldova.
SPECIAL MEETINGS OF THE PRESIDENT
SELECTED MEDIA INTERVIEWS
CO-OPERATION WITH NGOs
The International Progress Organization has continued co-operation with the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" (Moscow / Vienna) , the Nomura Center for Lifelong Integrated Education (Japan) and People's Forum on Peace for Life (PfL) (Philippines), and agreed to co-operate with the World Alliance of Religions for Peace (Republic of Korea) and Assemblée des Francophones Fonctionnaires des Organisations Internationales (AFFOI).
PRIZE AWARDED TO PRESIDENT OF I.P.O.
GUSI PEACE PRIZE AWARDED TO PRESIDENT OF I.P.O.
At a solemn ceremony on 26 November 2014 in Manila (Philippines), Prof. Hans Köchler received the Gusi Peace Prize 2014 in recognition of his contributions to the philosophy of law.