The WVF is an international NGO consisting of 172 veteran organizations from 96 countries representing some 45 million veterans worldwide. Since its inception in 1950 it has reaffirmed constantly its strategic mission of international peace and security, drawing on its credo, “None can speak more eloquently for peace than those who have fought in war.”
In the shadow of the recent horrific events in Paris, home of the WVF for 65 years since its creation in 1950, following so soon after similar incidents in Beirut and the Sinai in Egypt, our thoughts are with all the victims of these atrocities and their families. As stated repeatedly in the Resolutions and Declarations of the WVF, including those adopted by the 28th General Assembly held last September, the WVF condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. This week the Executive Board of the WVF went ahead with its 153rd Meeting in Paris showing solidarity with the victims of the shocking attacks last week in this great city.
These attacks and threats cause human suffering, anguish, agony and anxiety. Members of the Armed Forces community worldwide know from their own experience what it means to fight evil and of the importance to preserve peace and security.
The Executive Board of the WVF, on behalf of its members worldwide, wants to publicly express its sympathy and support to the French, Russian and Lebanese people. We also want to extend our respect and gratitude to the police and the security forces of all nations as they prosecute their fight against terrorism as the true guardians of our liberties and freedoms.
Participants at the 28th General Assembly of the WVF, committed to lasting international peace and stability, also adopted a declaration in reaction to the upsetting outbreaks of new armed conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. We are becoming increasingly conscious of the accumulating impact and dangers of the further spread of these conflicts which are producing an unprecedented number of refugees.
We urge all governments to remain sensitive to the disastrous situation of these disorientated and desperate populations – of all age groups, including vulnerable children and the elderly – some suffering from physical disabilities and psycho-social trauma. The condition of these migrant populations, who are losing their national identity, social stability and dignified existence, is currently unbearable.
We call on the worldwide community to take measures to address the inhumane situation of refugees, which destabilizes the political balance in certain regions, can cause chaos and immeasurable human suffering, and is a threat to international peace and security.
For further information, contact the WVF Secretariat by telephone at (+33) (0)1 40 72 61 00 or by e-mail at wvf@wvf-fmac.
The Executive Board of the World Veterans Federation met in Paris, France, on 19-20 November 2015, the first meeting since the Board was newly elected at the 28th General Assembly in Sopot in September this year.
In accordance with recent changes to the WVF consitution, the Executive Board appointed Col. Joseph Falzon (United Kingdom) as Secretary General of the World Veterans Federation.
The Executive Board also adopted a new strategic plan which can be dowloaded below. It is hoped that this will give the WVF a new direction to guide and advise our member organisations so that they can take the lead in supporting initiatives that foster peace and security and campaign for health and welfare initiatives that will enhance the wellbeing and independence of their members.
The new Executive Board also had the opportunity to join the former President of the WVF, Mr. Jacques Goujat, as well as the Président d'Honneur, Mr. Serge Wourgaft, for dinner after the first day of meetings, presenting a chance to talk about the best way to advance the WVF with those who have known it best.
27 November 2015
The year 2015 has special historical significance for all veterans, former resistance fighters, displaced persons and war victims. 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.