The city of Zadar, Croatia was included in the list of Cultural Heritage of UNESCO at the 41st Assembly of this United Nations organization held in the Polish city of Krakow. The city of Zadar has been a member of the European Network of Places of Peace since 2011 and is a member of its Board of Directors since 2014, so ENPP presents the whole city of Zadar, in particular to the Municipality of Zadar, the most sincere congratulations on this well-deserved certification.
Youth Forum Romania, a non-profit organization based in the city of Bucharest, is the latest ENPP member.
The Youth Forum Romania, founded in 2006 by a group of young Romanians with the aim of promoting their rights as young citizens and regarding to play a more active role in Romanian society. This organization will develop the Places of Peace Route in the city of Bucharest and a delegation will be present at the 10th ENPP Meeting in Portugal.
On November 30, 2016, the Municipality of Viana do Alentejo (Portugal) unanimously approved the proposal to join the European Network of Places of Peace (ENPP), presented by the Mayor, Mr. Bengalinha Pinto.
With the formalization of this accession, the village of Alcáçovas (parish of Viana county), where it was signed on September 4, 1472, the Treaty that ended the War of Succession of Castile and opened doors to the maritime expansion of Portugal and Spain, will Integrate the Places of Peace Route.
On February 6, the President of the ENPP met with the Mayor of Viana do Alentejo, Bengalinha Pinto, and the Mayor of the Parish of Alcáçovas, Sara Pajote, to plan the future activities to be held in Alcáçovas , with particular emphasis on the Commemoration of the Signature of the Treaty of Alcáçovas, next September.
The municipality of Viana do Alentejo obtained recently an important funding for the valorization of Paço dos Henriques (Henriques’s Palace) in the village of Alcáçovas. The contract signed on 9 February under the Heritage Valuation Program (Alentejo 2020) worth € 450,000 and will allow to install in that Palace a Museum on its history and heritage as well as on other important valences of the village of Alcáçovas as is the case of “Manufacture of Rattles”, classified as an World Intangible Heritage by UNESCO since 2015.
The City of Zadar, Croatia celebrated again its Treaty of Peace of 1358, on 17 February, under the aegis of the ENPP.
Like in previous years, the Commemorations were centered on the St. Francis Monastery, where this Treaty was signed, in a joint organization of the Municipality of Zadar, Basic School “Islands of Zadar” and the Monasteries of St. Francis and St. Mary, of Zadar.
After the entry of the “Peace Flag” and the greetings of the organizers, people had the opportunity to attend a musical and traditional dances performance by students of the city schools and the release of balloons with messages of peace. A visit to the sacristy where the Peace Treaty was signed and the Museum of the Monastery of St. Francis completed the Commemoration Program of the Signing of a Treaty 659 years ago.
On 21st and 22nd October, Hubertusburg Castle Friendship Association held the 6th edition of the Biennial Conference on Peace. This year the conference is on the theme “Religion and Peace” and has the patronage of former Prime Minister of Saxony, Professor Kurt Biedenkopf. Meanwhile, the Youth Peace Award that distinguishes the best artistic and literary works of German youth on the theme of Peace and has the patronage of the Minister of Culture of Saxony, Brunhild Kurth, will be delivered.