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65TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WVF

27 November 2015

The year 2015 has special historical significance for all veterans. It marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the 2nd World War, the worst conflict in human history, and the 70th anniversary of the liberation by the allied forces of the last of the concentration camps. It also marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations where so many hopes were placed in the conviction that it was possible and necessary to build a world of lasting peace through dialogue.

 

2015 also marks the 65th anniversary of the founding of the World Veterans Federation and the coming together of war veterans from countries across the globe, whether they had fought side by side or as enemies, in one world-wide organization in support of the peaceful solution of future international disputes.

In the 65 years since its creation the World Veterans Federation has not ceased to grow. It has continuously advocated, promoted and worked for the principles and objectives enshrined in its constitution.

2015 marks our 65th anniversary, but it also marks a fresh new start for our Federation. The 28th General Assembly, held earlier this year in Sopot (Poland), elected a new Executive Board. This Board, which held its first meeting in Paris this month, is committed to drawing on the rich and valuable history of our organization in order to give it new energy and direction. A fresh strategic plan has just been adopted;  designed to enable the World Veterans Federation and its members to take the lead insupporting initiativesthatfosterpeace and security and campaign for health and welfare schemes that will enhance the wellbeing and independence of veterans throughout the world.

As we approach the end of this turbulent year we must also express our deep concern at the deterioration of the international situation. Conflicts are ongoing and sometimes intensifying in various regions of the globe and the threat of international terrorism has become a major preoccupation the world over. These very real struggles understandably cause fear and unrest. They are also causing a major humanitarian crisis with an unprecedented number of displaced people leaving their homes to seek safe refuge elsewhere.

It is particularly in the face of such crises that we must reaffirm the hopes of our founder members and the guiding principles which brought the WVF together in 1950 and hold fast as the world wrestles to find solutions to these challenges.    Solutions cannot be found in an ever increasing spiral of violence; they must be sought through respect of the international code of ethics as found in the Charter of the United Nations.

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