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International Summit for Peace in Ukraine 

Sat June 10, 2023 - Sun June 11, 2023


International Summit for Peace in Ukraine 

Vienna/Austria, June 10th/11th 2023

Location: ÖGB-Catamaran, Johann-Böhm-Platz 1, Vienna 1020; also available online

Inviting Organizations: International Peace Bureau, CODEPINK, Assembly of the World Social
Forum, Transform Europe, Europe for Peace, International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR),
Peace in Ukraine, Campaign for Peace Disarmament and Common Security (CPDCS).

Local Organizers and Supporters: AbFaNG (Action Alliance for Peace, active Neutrality and Nonviolence), Institute for Intercultural Research and Cooperation (IIRC), Herbert C. Kelman Institute
for Interactive Conflict Transformation, ÖGB – Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund, WILPF Austria,
ATTAC Austria, IFOR Austria.

We are calling for an international civil society gathering in Vienna, Austria on June 10/11.*

The Peace Summit 

The goal of the Peace Summit is to publish an Urgent Global Appeal, called the Vienna Declaration for Peace, calling on political leaders to act in support of a ceasefire and negotiations in Ukraine.

The summit will have different parts:

A conference to discuss the controversial questions related to the Russian-Ukrainian war, to hear the voices of civil society representatives of the various NATO countries, as well as representatives from Russia and Ukraine who support the aims of the Peace Summit.

Participants from the Global South will share the dramatic consequences this war has had for the people in their countries and emphasize how they can contribute to peace. The Conference will focus not only on critics and analysis, but also on creative solutions and ways to end the war and how to prepare negotiations. This is not only the task of states and diplomats but nowadays more and more also of a global society.

The conference will include a combination of lectures, working groups, expert groups, and dialogues.

After the summit a march in Vienna to the various NATO-country embassies, as well as the embassies of Russia and Ukraine and international organizations located in Vienna will take place to meet with embassy representatives and deliver the Vienna Declaration for Peace from people around the world; The summit will also be supported by a send-off for delegations to visit the capitals of various European countries with the purpose of meeting with government
officials and international organizations. Also, further events for late 2023 will be developed.

A call for peace 

We condemn the illegal Russian invasion in Ukraine. The war has caused death and injuries  of civilians and soldiers and created untold suffering for the Ukrainian people, destroying the  country’s environment and infrastructure, causing rising food and energy prices around the  world, exacerbating poverty and hunger – especially in the global South – and threatening the  entire world with a nuclear war.

It is time for the weapons to fall silent and for diplomacy to begin to resolve the conflict. We  must counter the logic of war with the logic of peace.

Let us gather to discuss the state and the wider context of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the  positions of our various governments, the efforts, obstacles, and opportunities of the various  peace movements and most importantly, how we can work more effectively to promote a  ceasefire and negotiations, and peaceful solutions as the alternative to war.

Peace is not only the task of states and diplomats but nowadays more and more also of the  global civil society. What is urgently needed now is a global movement demanding that all  parties stop fighting and start talking. The international support garnered by the International  Peace Bureau’s Christmas ceasefire appeal, the appeals at the UN General Assembly and by  many governments, even comments from some political leaders of Russia and Ukraine show  that a window of opportunity may be opening.

Why Vienna? 

Austria is a neutral country. It is a “UN City” and the home to the Secretariat of the OSCE (the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), which had been monitoring the  situation in the Donbas since the signing of the Minsk II agreement.

Join the Peace Summit! 

It is the responsibility of peace movements all around the world and of all peace-loving  peoples to strengthen these efforts. The Vienna Summit for Peace in Ukraine can be a  powerful sign of hope and a catalyst for more and stronger peace actions globally. The future of humanity hangs in the balance; we must seize the moment before it’s too late.

Contact: International Peace Bureau, Marienstraße 19-20, 10117 Berlin,  viennaconference@ipb-office.berlin

Registration: https://forms.gle/cFCeY62wgmXyUVaH7 (physical or virtual attendance)  Working language will be English.

View or download the draft program.

Schedule (all times in Central European Time — 6 hours ahead of Massachusetts)

Saturday, 10th of June

10.00 – 11.00 Opening Session – (i.e. 4.00 am in Boston)

11.00 – 12.30 Plenary: Actions for Negotiations and a Ceasefire

13.00 – 14.15 Plenary: Civil Society Movement and Peace voices against the War from Russia and Ukraine

15.15 – 17.15 Working Groups 

17.00 Welcome “Hiking for Peace” in the entrance hall

17.30 – 18.30 Outcome of the working groups

18.30 – 20.00 Voices for Peace

Sunday, 11th of June

9.30 – 11.30 Pathways to peace

12.15–13.45 Panel Discussion

14.15–14.45 Closing Plenary


Sat June 10, 2023
Sun June 11, 2023
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Johann-Böhm-Platz 1
Vienna, 1020 Austria
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