Contribution to the Peace Building Efforts of the United Nations
1986 – 2017
Geneva Peace Week 2017
Τhe Biopolitics International Organisation (B.I.O.) became an ECOSOC member in 2006, in order to support the United Nations’ peace building efforts. This support and contribution to the UN efforts dates back to the 1980s, when at the WFUNA conferences in Berlin (1986) and Ottawa (1987), the Chairman called for the B.I.O. proposals promoting the environment as a vehicle for international cooperation to be included in the goals of all UNAs across the globe. Following the meeting in Berlin, UNA Presidents from 20 different countries attended the first B.I.O. international conference, became founding members and pledged their full espousal of our mission for international cooperation and peace.
In 1989, at the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium at the UN Headquarters in New York, the B.I.O. ideals were once again enthusiastically endorsed by decision-makers from around the world, while in 2005, under the auspices of the President of the Hellenic Republic, a book presentation on Dag Hammarskjold sponsored by B.I.O. was attended by Ambassadors and dignitaries from more than 28 countries.
In 2002, B.I.O.’s contribution to the commemoration of the United Nations Day and the International Year of Mountains by the United Nations Association of Singapore was placed directly after the message from UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan. In 1988, the B.I.O. President was elected Honorary President for Life by the United Nations Association of Sri Lanka, along with Michael Gorbachev, Maurice Strong and Nelson Mandela.
At present, B.I.O. is promoting peace education through deep reforms, which include placing the protection of the environment and culture at the core of educational curricula worldwide. In 1990, B.I.O. founded the International University for the Bio-Environment to facilitate such reforms, and this ongoing process is implemented today through an extensive e-learning program with global reach and participation from 140 countries.
These efforts have not gone unnoticed by the world community. The B.I.O. President, Professor Agni Vlavianos Arvanitis, has been nominated more than 15 times for the Nobel Peace Prize, a nomination actively supported by leaders from over 100 countries. Furthermore, 700 B.I.O. events for peace and the environment organized to date, along with lectures at decision-making centers all over the world, have resulted in great progress in environmental protection and have urged the development of policies for sustainability and climate change mitigation as a global priority.
B.I.O. has always sought to replace the mistakes of the past and divide-and-rule policies with a new paradigm of global participation in climate change mitigation, in order to boost peace building efforts and achieve a society of hope. This meeting in Geneva is of crucial value in bringing about the needed change.