Belgrade, Serbia

On 23-26 October, I traveled to Belgrade for the 10th ECPD International Conference on National Reconciliation, Religious Tolerance and Human Security in the Balkans (see below). As for the two previous years, the conference was held in the beautiful Belgrade City Hall, across from the Parliament building, and we stayed in the Majestic Hotel, a landmark since 1938. In addition to a reception at the City Hall with a Renaissance music ensemble, we had a dinner in the old arts district and at a modern restaurant, and a lunch Sunday at a nice restaurant in Belgrade Fortress, after which I had a chance to visit the fortress. All in all, we ate too much.

Belgrade and its fortress

For more photos of Belgrade, see the 2012 and 2013 ECPD conferences.

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The National Parliament across Pionirski Park from the City Hall; Republike Square and fountains

a main shopping street A main shopping street, Knez Mihailova

Belgrade Fortress
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Belgrade fortress at the confluence of the Danube and the Sava Rivers, with walls and towers surrounded by gardens

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The fortifications, and the entrance to the restaurant where we had lunch

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Gates, walls and towers in the fortress

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Views of the Danube and Sava rivers from the fortress ramparts

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The Sava River, and new Belgrade from the fortress, with the Statue of the Victor (right)

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Fortifications, and a traditional house on the grounds

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The military museum in the fortress

ECPD Conference

The 10th ECPD International Conference on National Reconciliation, Religious Tolerance and Human Security in the Balkans, had the theme "The New Balkans and European Union: Peace, Development, Integration". This was the seventh conference of the European Center for Peace and Development, affiliated with the UN-chartered University for Peace, in which I have participated. See the previous conferences in Belgrade 2013 and 2012Montenegro 2011, Croatia 2010 and 2009, and Montenegro 2008.

The conference opened with messages from former UN Secretary-General and President of the ECPD Honorary Council, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and from former Director-General of UNESCO, Federico Mayor, which can be viewed at  The keynote speaker was Erhard Busek, former Vice-Chancellor of Austria and Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe. There were three plenary sessions on the New Balkans in the contemporary world realities, East-West relations impact on the development of the Balkans, and New Balkans: reconciliation, tolerance and human security, with 40 papers by distinguished academics, diplomats and former political leaders from all the Balkan countries, Western Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan, U.S.A., Japan and beyond. A special session commemorated fifty years of the G77. The conference was followed by the Second ECPD Youth Forum, where I chaired a session and presented a paper on "Hope for Balkan Youth in the Contemporary World Reality".

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The conference opening was covered by the press, and I later had an interview with Serbian television

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Conference participants

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The conference reception in the City Hall; a Renaissance ensemble performed; we tended to eat too much

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