Security has become one of the most important issues in current public debate. On 28-31 May, veterans from 36 countries will gather in Stockholm to discuss how the unique skills and experience possessed by veterans around the world can best be utilised in order to create a safer society in the veterans' home countries.

150 delegates from 36 countries will gather in Stockholm on 28-31 May for the World Veterans Federation's Peace and Security Summit. The summit will address the question: "How can veterans contribute to peace and security in society?"

The top diplomats Hans Blix and Jan Egeland will be the main speakers at the summit. Their speeches will be followed by a debate among the summit delegates with the aim of developing ideas and strategies for how veterans can be involved in helping to create peace and security in society.

The Peace and Security Summit is being arranged by the Swedish Veterans Federation, SVF, on behalf of the World Veterans Federation and with the support of the Swedish government and a number of Swedish authorities and non-profit organisations.

Press conference 1pm on 27 May at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm
A press conference will be held on the day prior to the start of the Peace and Security Summit. The following will be present at the press conference: Hamid Ibrahim (Malaysia), President WVF; Dan-Viggo Bergtun (Norway), Vice President WVF; Allan Widman (Lib) (Sweden), member of the Swedish Parliament's Committee on Defence and special investigator for the Swedish government's Veteran Investigation; Bengt Wiktorsson (Sweden), Chairman SVF; Anders Ramnerup, Secretary General SVF.

Accreditation to the press conference can be gained via: http://svfse.wufoo.com/forms/accreditation-to-pss13-press-meeting

About the Swedish Veterans Federation and the Peace & Security Summit 2013
The Swedish Veterans Federation, SVF, is Sweden's representative in the World Veterans Federation, WVF, which represents around 42 million veterans throughout the entire world. SVF has been requested by WVF to arrange the "Peace & Security Summit 2013" in Stockholm in May 2013. The summit is being arranged with support from the Swedish Armed Forces, the Swedish National Police Board and the Folke Bernadotte Academy, among others.  

The Swedish Veterans Federation is an organisation that exists for all Swedish veterans. A veteran is a person who has participated internationally in peacekeeping or humanitarian measures. It could be a fireman who has provided assistance after an earthquake, a police officer who has worked overseas on behalf of the Swedish Police, or a soldier who has undertaken UN service. The common element is that they have all performed a service when the international community has called for measures to maintain peace in the world.

H.R.H. Prince Carl Philip is Patron of the Swedish Veterans Federation.

What: Peace & Security Summit, the World Veterans Federation's world conference
When: 28-31 May 2013
Where: Stockholm
More info: www.pss13.se

For more information, please contact: Per Lennartsson
Information Manager, Swedish Veterans Federation (SVF),
telephone +46(0)70-879-90-86, email per.lennartsson@sverigesveteranforbund.se.

http://www.sverigesveteranforbund.se
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When Hans Blix is keynote speaking on the conference of the World Veterans Federation, the Peace and Security Summit, in Stockholm this May, he wants to help spread the stories of the veterans. "The public are not so familiar with what experiences the veterans have, and should listen to them," says Hans Blix.

 

Hans Blix, formerly head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, is one of the keynote speakers at the World Veterans Federations conference Peace and Security Summit that is to be held in Stockholm in the end of May. Now he speaks for the first time about what made him decide to contribute to the conference.

 

  • The Peacekeepers have personal experience of how it was out in the field, and the public is not so familiar with that. So I think the veterans have a story to tell, says Hans Blix.

 

Hans Blix also talks about the Cold War being over and that we do ought to reduce the military expenses around the world, without neglecting the importance of peacekeeping operations.

 

  • "I'd like to point to the utility of peacekeeping operations and the veterans that are the group that ought to be better known in the world," says Hans Blix.

Watch the introduction video with Hans Blix >>

 

About the Peace & Security Summit 2013

The Peace & Security Summit 2013 is the world conference of the World Veterans Federation, WVF, which represents around 42 million veterans throughout the world. The Swedish Veterans Federation that is Sweden's representative in the WVF has been requested by the WVF to host the Peace & Security Summit 2013 in Stockholm in May 2013. The summit is being arranged with support from the Swedish Armed Forces, the Swedish National Police Board and the Folke Bernadotte Acadamy, among others.

 

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Anders Ramnerup, Secretary General
Swedish Veterans Federation (SVF)
Phone +46-70-879-90-87
E-mail anders.ramnerup@fredsbaskrarna.se.
www.sverigesveteranforbund.se

 

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Hans Blix, former head of the UN's Weapons Inspection Commission in Iraq, and Jan Egeland, European Director of Human Rights Watch, will be the main speakers at the World Veterans Federation's Peace & Security Summit in Stockholm in May. The theme for the summit is "How can veterans contribute to peace and security in society?".

 

Hans Blix has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a diplomat and politician and is well known for his work within the UN, among other things as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and as head of the UN's Weapons Inspection Commission. Jan Egeland is a Norwegian diplomat and European Director of the human rights organisation Human Rights Watch and has worked internationally for over 30 years within the areas of humanitarian aid, crisis and conflict resolution and human rights.

 

Veterans are also a major resource in society Blix and Egeland will contribute their unique and long-standing experiences of peacekeeping and humanitarian measures to the summit's theme and primary point of focus: "How can veterans contribute to peace and security in society?".

 

"Naturally we are extremely honoured that Hans Blix and Jan Egeland are choosing to attend and speak at the summit. Their presence is an indication of the fact that they see the existence of a potential in the veterans' experiences that should be utilised in a better fashion in society," says Bengt Wiktorsson, Chairman of the Board for the Swedish Veterans Federation.

 

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The Swedish Veterans Federation will host the World Veterans Federation's Peace and Security Summit on 28-31 May 2013 in Stockholm. The theme for the conference is "How can veterans contribute to peace and security in society?"

 

The conference will highlight the fact that veterans represent an asset that society can utilise in a better fashion than is currently the case.

 

A number of high-profile names will take part at the conference in Stockholm. A list of speakers will be presented in the spring.

 

"Above all else, the World Veterans Federation wants to demonstrate the fact that veterans represent a resource that society should utilise in a better fashion. The Peace & Security Summit provides us with an opportunity to highlight relevant topics", says Anders Ramnerup, Chairman of the Board for the Swedish Veterans Federation (SVF).

 

In conjunction with the Peace & Security Summit, the new veterans' monument at Djurgården in Stockholm will be inaugurated on 29 May 2013 by H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf.

 

About the Swedish Veterans Federation and the Peace & Security Summit 2013
The Swedish Veterans Federation, SVF, is the organisation that is Sweden's representative in the World Veterans Federation, WVF. That organisation represents around 42 million veterans throughout the entire world. SVF has been requested by WVF to arrange the "Peace and Security Summit 2013" in May 2013. The conference is being arranged together with the Swedish Armed Forces, the Swedish National Police Board and the Folke Bernadotte Academy, among others.


H.R.H. Prince Carl Philip is Patron of the Swedish Veterans Federation.

 

What: Peace and Security Summit, the World Veterans Federation's world conference.

When: 28-31 May 2013.

Where: Stockholm, Sweden

More info: www.pss13.se

 

For more information, please contact
Anders Ramnerup, Chairman of the Board, Swedish Veterans Federation (SVF),
telephone +46 (0)70 792 38 67, email anders.ramnerup@fredsbaskrarna.se.
www.fredsbaskrarna.se

 

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Swedish Veterans Federation (SVF) was requested by the World Veterans Federation (WVF) to arrange the Peace and Security Summit 2013 (PSS13) in May 2013.

 

The Swedish Government in its appropriation directions for 2012 has tasked the Armed Forces together with SVF to conduct the World Veterans Federation's conference Peace & Security Summit in Sweden May 28-31 2013. The Swedish Armed forces HQ in turn has tasked Military Academy Karlberg to lead the Armed Forces' obligation to this conference.

 

Aim

The aim of PSS13 is to raise the status of veterans in society and to promote the well-being of veterans. Veteran's experiences can help society to develop, e.g. by integration policies.

 

The theme for PSS13 is: "How can veterans contribute to Peace and Security in Society?".

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