Faces of Peace: Well-known people are taking a stand in the name of peace and security!
The potential for conflict within Europe and worldwide is increasing – in number and intensity. Following the withdrawal from the INF Treaty and a rapidly changing global security architecture, we need, more than ever, an informed and mature civil society. As the peace-building equivalent of the Faces of Democracy initiative – and true to the motto “Sign for Peace and Security” – we want to raise an awareness that each and every one of us can make a valuable contribution to promoting a peaceful and secure coexistence.
The privately organized initiative gains media attention through many well-known interviewees such as the Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Dan Smith. Together with our signatories from around the world, these are the faces of peace. Show your face as well, say YES! to peace and security and join our growing community in Germany, Europe, and around the world.
The Ukraine crisis is our key security concern on the European continent nowadays. The real tragedy becomes clear when you look at the hundreds of thousands of people severely impacted by the conflict, living along the contact line in dire humanitarian situations. Their daily struggle does not make headlines on the front pages of our newspapers. But it is very real!
Die Fähigkeit sich selbst zu verteidigen ist die Voraussetzung für Verhandlungen auf Augenhöhe, für Entspannung, Abrüstung und eine gemeinsame Friedensordnung. Das hatten wir schon einmal erreicht in Europa. Warum soll uns das nicht ein zweites Mal gelingen? Dafür aber muss Europa sich selbst schützen und verteidigen können!
Accordingly, including China in a future arms control treaty would probably exert a downward pressure on US and Russian warhead numbers, as it is hard to see why China would otherwise agree to sign up. A new treaty that includes China would therefore be a positive development!
„Sign for Peace and Security!“
Following the termination of the INF Treaty and a rapidly changing global security architecture, we need an informed and mature civil society!
Sven Lilienström, MBA