On Sunday 19th December the Executive Committee (online) meeting took place with the participation of 29 organisations members of the EC and 58 participants in total. During the EC, the WPC President Socorro Gomes delivered a speech and the General Secretary Thanassis Pafilis the Report to the EC. The Executive Secretary Iraklis Tsavdaridis presented the proposal for the holding of the XXII Assembly which was unanimously endorsed and adopted.
In response to the appeal launched by several organisations, dozens of people gathered in the late afternoon of the 11th November, outside the Novo Banco headquarters to demand the return of the Venezuelan funds retained by this banking institution. In the speeches it was denounced the inhuman and illegal nature of the US blockade against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the dramatic consequences for its people, including the large Portuguese community living and working there.
The signs of the new cold war with China are everywhere. The political signal comes from the top. President Biden's Interim National Security Strategic Guidance, tellingly called Renewing America's Advantages, states: "We must also contend with the reality that the distribution of power across the world is changing, creating new threats. China, in particular, has rapidly become more assertive. It is the only competitor potentially capable of combining its economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to mount a sustained challenge to a stable and open international system."
El planeta Tierra padece aún de manera brutal los efectos de la pandemia causada por el Covid-19 en la que millones de seres humanos han resultado infectados e incluso millones han muerto. La economía mundial ha colapsado en gran parte y la humanidad se encuentra inmersa en una fuerte crisis de salud, que afecta además, la salud mental. Contrario a lo que podría esperarse, la pandemia no solo no cede, sino que se agrava con la aparición de nuevas cepas.
A meeting of the World Peace Council (WPC) European member organizations was successfully held on November 12th and 13th, in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, hosted by the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC).
The meeting, which took place in a friendly way and in a fraternal atmosphere, debated on the international situation and the measures to be taken to strengthen solidarity with the peoples and the struggle for peace.
A meeting of the World Peace Council (WPC) delegation with the President of the Vietnamese Association of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) Nguyen Phuong Nga took place on 1st November 2021 in a cordial and friendly atmosphere of friendship. The President of VUFO is visiting Greece as part of the Vietnamese delegation headed by the Vice-President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
The past months of August and September signal moments that remind us of the nuclear horror and call on us all for a more determined action in defence of peace and disarmament –on August 6 and 9 we evoke the US nuclear bombings on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in 1945, and their dramatic consequences, which persist to this day; on August 29 we celebrate the International Day against Nuclear Tests; on 21 September the International Day of Peace; and on 26 September the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
The immediate recognition of the inalienable right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination is a demand that urgently needs to be fulfilled and that calls for the solidarity of all those who aspire to a world of peace.
October 18, 2021
Once again, U.S. imperialism revealed its outlaw nature by resorting to kidnapping and extraordinary rendition (reminiscent of its similar illegal actions in Afghanistan and Iraq) of Venezuelan diplomat, Alex Saab, for trying to buy humanitarian supplies for Venezuela — a fully legal act according to international law, but one that defied illegal U.S. sanctions on that country.
Today, September 21, is observed the International Day of Peace.
Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2001 and celebrated for the first time the following year, it is hoped that its annual commemoration will contribute to stressing the importance of defending and promoting peace – a right of all peoples – to respect the right to self-determination of peoples and the sovereignty of States – fundamental principles in international relations, enshrined in the United Nations Charter.