ZERO TOLERANCE TO FGM – Conference

“Sustainable development demands full human rights for all women and girls. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises an end to this practice by 2030.” Antonio Guterres United Nations Secretary-General “It’s time to end FGM and give girls choices for their bodies and their future” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women (on the occasion of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation). “Eliminating FGM is an essential step to realizing other SDGs” Lakshmi Puri UN Women Deputy Executive Director After all, as Ban Ki Moon famously said at the 60th Commission on the Status of Women earlier this year, “We need to reach a place where FGM should stand for Focus on Girls’ Minds—not on harming their minds and bodies. We must make sure that Finally Girls Matter!” — INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION ZERO TOLERANCE TO FGM 8th Vienna Global Citizen Education Conference with the Global Women’s Peace Network Monday 27th March at 13.00 Registration from 12.00 Vienna Int. Centre, C1 in the C building 2nd floor. 1220 Vienna, Wagramer Str.5 Subway U1 (Kaisermühlen). UNFPA, jointly with UNICEF, leads the largest global programme to accelerate the abandonment of FGM. The programme currently focuses on 17 African countries and also supports regional and global initiatives. Key Facts Globally, it is estimated that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM. FGM is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15. FGM cause severe bleeding and health issues including cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth increased risk of newborn deaths....
The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – Conference

The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – Conference

The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) in cooperation with partner organizations is inviting you to a conference on the theme Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Conflict Zones – The Role of Religions Friday, January 27th 2017, 13:00-17:30 (1:00 pm – 5:30 pm) Vienna International Center, C-Building – Conf. Room C1, 2nd floor Picking up the UN day pass: 13:00 – 14:00 (Gate 1) 1st Session: 14:00 – 15:30 (A Culture of Peace versus a Culture of Violence and War, Toward an Interreligious Council at the UN) 2nd Session: 16:00 – 17:30 (Programs for Peace in the Middle East, in the Ukraine and on the Balkans) End of Program: 17:30 Speakers: Religious representatives, academics, diplomats and leaders of NGOs. A ground pass is required to enter Vienna International Centre (VIC). If you do not have a permanent pass, please register not later than January 23rd. Those, who would like to enter the VIC and attend the conference on January 27th 2017, are requested to present their identity document at Gate 1 of the VIC. The VIC, 1220 Wien, Wagramerstrasse 5, is best reached by Subway U1 (Kaisermühlen). World Interfaith Harmony Week First proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010, just under a month later it was unanimously adopted by the UN and henceforth the first week of February will be observed as a World Interfaith Harmony Week. This age of globalization needs enlightened people in each faith who can examine their sacred writings and traditions and identify the aspects that can benefit all humanity as well as those that preserve each religion’s identity. UPF and its network of...
Are we making progress toward disarmament?

Are we making progress toward disarmament?

At the height of the Cold War, Roger Fisher, an advisor to the United States intelligence forces, proposed a new kind of nuclear deterrent (1). There would be no big red button, and no secret briefcase. Instead, the U.S.’s nuclear codes would be surgically implanted behind a volunteer’s heart. If the U.S. ever decided to launch a nuclear missile, the president would first have to physically cut the codes out of the volunteer’s chest, killing them. Fisher’s gory idea never made it past a few repulsed intelligence chiefs, and it earned chuckles from several anti-nuclear activists when I brought it up. But far from being hyperbole, the Fisher plan makes a straightforward, chilling kind of sense. Not only does one violent death on the launching side of a nuclear attack mirror millions on the receiving end, but the wraparound effects of nuclear war could put the launching country at serious risk, too. In the event of nuclear war The fallout (literal and metaphorical) of a nuclear attack is what most concerns Dr. Klaus Renoldner, president of the Austrian chapter of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear Warfare (IPPNW). Renoldner spent several years practicing rural medicine everywhere from Paraguay to Austria, which gave him a keen appreciation for medical infrastructure. “If an atomic bomb was detonated over Vienna, we know at least a million would die instantly,” said Renoldner, gesturing out his window onto the sunny city outside. “But one to two more million would die after the explosion, because there would be no help available.” While some treatments exist for radiation sickness – depending on the type of...