Europa ist und bleibt meine Liebe fürs Leben Jean-Claude Juncker | Wir sind nicht der Wilde Westen der digitalen Welt – im Gegenteil Kersti Kaljulaid | Nur Demokratien garantieren dauerhaft Freiheit und Gleichheit Prof. Dr. Andreas Voßkuhle | Wir sind nur intolerant, wenn es um Intoleranz geht Thomas Geisel | Mich beunruhigt, dass die Vorstellung von der OSZE als Wertegemeinschaft erodiert Thomas Greminger | Weder absolute Sicherheit noch grenzenlose Freiheit sind möglich Dr. Bruno Kahl | Freiheit kann es nicht ohne Demokratie geben Christian Lindner | The Holocaust remains the gravest evil in the history of Europe Dr. Piotr Cywiński | Wir brauchen ein starkes, solidarisches Europa Martin Schulz | Ich bin wegen Auschwitz Politiker geworden Heiko Maas | Leitkultur ist nichts ewig Germanisches, sondern unterliegt dem Kultur- und Wertewandel Hans-Ulrich Jörges | Es gibt keinen besseren Garanten für unsere Freiheit als aktiv gelebte Demokratie Dr. Peter Frank | Demokratie ist ein Garant für einen gesunden Wettbewerb der Ideen in einer vielfältigen Gesellschaft Thomas Bach | Für mich ist Demokratie die beste Rechtsform, die ein Staat haben kann Brigitte Zypries | Demokratie lebt von der Spannung – ja der Anspannung Dr. Ulf Poschardt | Die große Mehrheit will ein vereintes und starkes Europa Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer | NATO remains the over-arching security mechanism for Europe Ben Hodges | Wir müssten Europa heute erfinden Armin Laschet

– The Faces of Democracy –

Faces of Peace initiative launched: SIPRI Director Dan Smith the first Face of Peace

Kaarst, Sep 11 .2019 – Two years after founding the Faces of Democracy initiative the organizers announced the launch of the Faces of Peace initiative on September 11, 2019. The first “Face of Peace” is Dan Smith, who is a peace researcher and director of the internationally renowned Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Agreements instead of “deals”

“At a time when crises and potential for conflict are on the rise, agreed security agreements are terminated in the hope of a better “deal”, and international institutions are questioned in the public arena, we need more than ever an international social dialog of all security-relevant players,” says Sven Lilienström, Founder of the Faces of Peace initiative.

Lilienström stresses: “With the Faces of Peace initiative we would like to create awareness for the fact that safeguarding peace and security is not a business model of individuals, but rather a joint global challenge!”

The Faces of Democracy

To date over half a million people in 50 countries have signed the online commitment of the Faces of Democracy, which is the sociopolitical equivalent of the Faces of Peace initiative, in favor of protecting and strengthening basic civic and democratic values. More than 70 national and international individuals from politics, business, media, and society – including the President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway Erna Solberg, and OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger support the Faces of Democracy initiative.

The interview with SIPRI Director Dan Smith can be found here – a press photo here.

The 71 Faces of Democracy in alphabetical order:

  • Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
  • Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
  • Annalena Baerbock, Chairwoman of the Green Party of Germany
  • Dr. Katarina Barley, Lead candidate for Germany’s Social Democrats
  • Dominik Bartsch, Representative of UNHCR in Germany
  • Holger Beeck, Chief Executive Officer McDonald’s Germany
  • Jörg Biallas, Editor-in-chief of „Das Parlament“
  • Wolfgang Bosbach, CDU expert on internal security
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Brandt, German historian and the first son of former chancellor Willy Brandt
  • Michael Bröcker, Editor-in-Chief of „Rheinische Post“
  • Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor
  • Stephan-Andreas Casdorff, Publisher of the leading Berlin newspaper “Der Tagesspiegel”
  • Piotr Cywinski, Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial
  • Shirin David, YouTube star and “Germany’s Got Talent” jury member
  • Georg Fahrenschon, President of the German Savings Banks Association (DSGV)
  • Peter Frank, Federal Public Prosecutor General at the Federal Court of Justice
  • Leonard Freier, Former RTL Bachelor
  • Fabrice Fries, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AFP
  • Dr. Clemens Fuest, President of the ifo Institute
  • Yvonne Gebauer, Minister of School and Education in North Rhine Westphalia
  • Thomas Geisel, Mayor of Düsseldorf – the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Tom Gerhard, Actor and comedian
  • Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of the Republic of Croatia
  • Thomas Greminger, OSCE Secretary General
  • Maria Großbauer, Organizer of the Vienna Opera Ball
  • Christiane Grün, Managing Director 3M DACH countries
  • Dr. John Hamre, President and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • John Harris, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of POLITICO
  • LTG Ben Hodges, Retired Commander of the U.S. Army in Europe
  • Reiner Hoffmann, President of the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB)
  • Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland
  • Hans-Ulrich Jörges, Editor-in-chief of „Stern“
  • Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission
  • Bruno Kahl, President of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND)
  • Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia
  • Anja Karliczek, German Federal Minister of Education and Research
  • Daniela Katzenberger, Soap opera star
  • Dr. Hubertus Kolster, Managing Partner of CMS Germany
  • Ingo Kramer, President of the Confederation of German Employers‘ Associations (BDA)
  • Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Leader of Germany’s Christian Democrats (CDU)
  • Martina Larkin, Head of Europe and Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum Davos
  • Armin Laschet, Prime Minister of North-Rhine-Westphalia
  • Christian Lindner, Leader of the Free Democratic Party in Germany (FDP)
  • Dr. Christian Lutz, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bahn AG
  • Heiko Maas, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Sandra Maischberger, Television journalist and talk show host
  • Aiman Mazyek, Secretary-General of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany
  • Ralf Martin Meyer, Police President of Hamburg
  • Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney
  • Namika, Singer-Songwriter
  • Dr. Irfan Ortac, Secretary-General of the Central Council of Yazidis in Germany
  • Boris Palmer, Lord Mayor of Tübingen
  • Ulf Poschardt, Editor-in-Chief WELT
  • Dr. Heribert Prantl, Member of the Chief Editorial Team of „Süddeutsche Zeitung“
  • Ernst Primosch, CEO of Edelman Germany
  • Q2/Grade 12 – Albert Einstein High School Kaarst
  • Alfred Theodor Ritter, Owner and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG
  • Dr. Daniel Röder, Founder of Pulse of Europe initiative
  • Annika Savill, Executive Head of the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)
  • Olaf Schubert, Comedian and cabaret artist
  • Martin Schulz, German Social Democratic Party chancellor candidate 2017
  • Dr. Josef Schuster, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany
  • Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway
  • Prof. Dr. Anja Steinbeck, President of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
  • Gabor Steingart, Founder and Publisher of the Media Pioneer Publishing GmbH
  • Dr. Johannes Teyssen, Chairman of the Board of Management of E.ON SE
  • Pia Tillmann, Actor and Influencer
  • Dr. Andreas Voßkuhle, President of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany
  • Dagmar Wöhrl, Investor at „The Cave of the Lions“
  • Brigitte Zypries, Former Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy

Press contact:

Faces of Peace initiative
Mr. Sven Lilienström
Broicherdorfstraße 53
Kaarst – Germany
Mobil: +49 (0) 177-3132744

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