Epoka University staff, Mrs. Nilufer Caliskan (Vice Dean of Students), Assit.Prof.Dr. Eglantina Hysa (Head of Economics Department) , PhD ( c) Reina Shehi ( Lecturer at the Department of Political Science and International Relations), Assoc.Prof.Dr Lindita Mukli ( Part-Time Lecturer) and Dr. Fatbardha Kadiu ( Part-Time Lecturer) participated at the Geneva Peace Conference, organized for the first time as part of the celebration of the United Nations Day (24 October). The conference took place at the United Nations Office on the 24th of October 2014, in Geneva. The main goal of the conference was to draw the attention of the wider international community to the initial noble reason behind the foundation of the United Nation on this very same day 69 years ago. The Geneva Peace Conference stressed the crucial role that the civil society plays in the peace building efforts of the United Nations.
One of the most distinguished speakers of the conference, Prof. Tariq Ramadan stressed the importance of peace among religions and emphasized the freedom of conscience and worship as the starting points of peace. Prof. Rabbi Ehud Bandel, a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jewish History and Jewish Philosophy argues about the difference of religious conflicts and conflicts about sharing properties. He states that ‘in a place where words end, violence begins’ and thus in the Israeli Palestine conflict it is crucial to have direct talks and unmediated encounters. Moreover, Prof. Thomas Michel introduces the concept of peace as made up of justice and forgiveness and if one is absent total peace can never be achieved.
The conference gathered together 800 participants from 50 different countries that highly contributed to its global and multicultural nature.