ECPD - The Future is to Be Invented

The European Center for Peace and Development (ECPD) of the University for Peace established by the United Nations announces its traditional ECPD International Conference, scheduled to be held at the Belgrade City Hall on October 28th, 2023. Under the central theme, "The Future is to Be Invented", this year's conference represents a significant milestone, reflecting the ECPD's 40th-anniversary Jubilee.

The conference will be inaugurated with keynote addresses by distinguished personalities, including H.E. Federico Mayor, ECPD President and long-standing Director-General of UNESCO; Prof. Dr. Francisco Rojas, Rector of the University for Peace; Mrs. Ouided Bouchamaoui, 2015 Nobel Prize Laureate; Prof. Dr. Johan Galtung, founder of the International Institute for Peace Research. The attendance of H.E. Csaba Korosi, the President of the General Assembly of the UN, is also expected.

This conference promises to resonate globally, with conclusions and recommendations set to be distributed to heads of states, foreign ministers and high-ranking officials within the UN and the EU.

Among the distinguished participants, the contribution of Dr David Rubens, Executive Director of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management (ISRM), who also serves as a professor at the ECPD and the Director of the Strategic Risk and Crisis Management Department, adds a unique dimension to this conference.

With his keynote speech, Dr David Rubens will introduce the recently established Centre for the Study of Wicked Problems, highlighting the intricate landscape of global challenges and the complex nature of "wicked problems." His remarks will serve as both an enrichment to the discussion and a call to collaborative action on multifaceted issues.

In alignment with the conference, the XI Global Youth Forum, with the main topic "Youth Leadership for System Change to Save the Earth for All", will be held on October 29th. This youth-focused event, also hosted at the Belgrade City Hall, anticipates the participation of young future leaders from over 100 countries.

For further inquiries, details and registration, please contact the ECPD at +381 11 3246-041 or via email at