I.P.O. ANNUAL REPORT 2009
Vienna, 18 December 2009
DIALOGUE OF CIVILIZATIONS
In the course of 2009, the International Progress Organization continued its participation in the global discourse on the dialogue among civilizations as basis of peaceful co-existence among peoples and states. Among the international meetings the I.P.O. co-organized or participated inare: -- "Les musulmans et l'occident," Public forum and book launching event on the occasion of Salon international de l'édition et du livre (Siel) in Casablanca, Morocco (15 February 2009); -- International Conference on "Unity in Diversity: Eurasia's Contribution to Civilizational Dialogue," organized by the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" in Almaty, Kazakhstan (9-10 June 2009); -- Global Dialogue Conference 2009, organized by Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark (5-6 November 2009).
On 7 October 2009 the President of the I.P.O. spoke at a press conference at the National Press Club of Greece in Athens (Greece) on the role of civil society in the dialogue of civilizations.
The President of the I.P.O. further gave exclusive interviews for the daily newspaper Libération (Casablanca, Morocco) (January 2009) and for the weekly magazine Raiffeisenzeitung (Austria) on the dialogue of civilizations (10 October 2009).
The I.P.O. participated in the meetings of the International Co-ordinating Committee (ICC) of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" in Vienna, Austria (12-13 February 2009 and 1 September 2009).
POWER, JUSTICE AND WORLD ORDER
The book "World Order: Vision and Reality" (Vol. XXXI of the I.P.O. series "Studies in International Relations") was presented at a lecture meeting at the University of Innsbruck (Austria), which was co-sponsored by the International Progress Organization (30 November 2009). The book was presented by the editor, Mr. David Armstrong (University of Cambridge). Other speakers at the meeting were Prof. Türkkaya Ataöv (Ankara, Turkey) and Dr. Lyal Sunga (Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for International Humanitarian Law, Sweden).
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC CRISIS
On 21 February 2009, the President of the International Progress Organization delivered a keynote speech on "The 'New International Economic Order' Revisited: Philosophical Considerations on the Collapse of Neoliberal Globalization" at the International Conference "Rebuilding the World Economy after the Systemic Crisis" in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
delegation of the International Progress Organization participated in
International Conference "Prague Dialogue on Europe in the XXI Century,"
under the patronage of the
President of the Czech Parliament by
the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" (WPFDC) and Klub Rusko
Czech Republic (14-15
The President of the I.P.O. delivered a keynote
address at the opening session.
The President of the I.P.O. delivered a keynote address at the opening session.
On 21 October 2009, the President of the I.P.O. delivered a lecture on "The Global Economic Crisis and the Role of Religion" at the Seventh Doha Interfaith Dialogue Conference in Doha, State of Qatar.
INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE
FOLLOW-UP TO THE LOCKERBIE OBSERVER MISSION
In an article for the 2009 edition of the National Law School of India Review (NLSIR), Dr. Hans Koechler, international observer at the Scottish Court in the Netherlands, summarized his evaluation of the handling of the Lockerbie case by the Scottish and British authorities.
On 6 August 2009 Dr. Koechler gave an interview for BBC Newsnight (London) on the question of the release of the only person convicted in the Lockerbie case. On 21 August 2009 Dr. Koechler issued a statement on the compassionate release of the Lockerbie prisoner by the Scottish authorities. In connection with the prisoner's release, Dr. Koechler gave a number of live interviews for international newspapers, TV and radio stations, including Al-Jazeera News (Qatar), BBC Radio 4 (London), Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) (Sydney), Irish Radio (RTÉ), Sunday Express (London), and Le Temps (Geneva, Switzerland).
In connection with the Summit Conference of the Non-aligned Movement in Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt) the President of the I.P.O. gave live interviews to Deutsche Welle/German Radio (13 July 2009), South African Radio and Al-Jazeera TV ("Inside Story"), Qatar (15 July 2009), and Student Radio in Ljubljana (Slovenia) (17 July 2009).
ACTIVITIES RELATED TO THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE
In a statement issued on 8 January 2009, the International Progress Organization called upon the United Nations Organization to establish a War Crimes Commission with the mandate to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on the territory of occupied Gaza (Palestine), to record them and help prepare indictments in conformity with the mandatory provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of August 12, 1949 (Fourth Geneva Convention).
INITIATIVE IN SUPPORT OF THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
On 5 January 2009 the President of the I.P.O. sent urgent messages to the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, the President of the UN Human Rights Council, Ambassador Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navanethem Pillay, transmitting the text of a resolution adopted by the participants of the conference on "The Protection and Promotion of Indigenous Peoples' Rights" in Manila, Philippines.
SPECIAL LECTURES BY THE PRESIDENT
PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES
framework of the I.P.O.'s activities, Prof. Hans Koechler undertook
information visits to India (14-18 April 2009), Ukraine (17-20 September
2009), Lebanon (24-27 September 2009), and Turkey (10-13 December 2009).
SPECIAL MEETINGS OF THE PRESIDENT
CO-OPERATION WITH OTHER NGOs
The International Progress Organization agreed to continue co-operation with the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" (Moscow/Vienna), the Doha International Centre for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID) (Doha, Qatar), Peace for Life (Manila, Philippines), the International Movement for a Just World / JUST (Malaysia), and the NGO Committee on Peace at the United Nations Office at Vienna.
Mr. Nathan Mundell (Cornell
College, Muscatine, USA) served as
intern at the head office of the I.P.O. in Vienna.