About the conference

Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world (Preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)In 2008, the worldwide community will mark several important dates:
– The 60th anniversary of ratification by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
– The 60th anniversary of the death of Mahatma Gandhi;
– The 45th anniversary of the publication of the encyclical of Pope John XXIII, Peace on earth.
We are convinced that these documents, and the person of Gandhi, bear profound significance for the world today, and will help us in our search for paths toward conflict resolution in the world, and particularly in Ukraine.
Our conference is meant to include several aspects of the terms ‘conflict’ and ‘peacemaking.’ It is post-confessional and inter-religious; among its participants are not only Christians – Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant – but also Muslims and Jews.
The chief purpose of our conferences is exchange of knowledge and experience among different generations and academic milieus. We aim to create a venue for meeting and dialogue in order to support and inspire one another toward new investigations and actions. We believe that such joint efforts can further mutual understanding and the peaceful coexistence of different views, and help the formation of a truly pluralistic, democratic, and law-based society in Ukraine.

Programm of the conference (pdf)