The Ypres Manifesto

Participants of the 10th Anniversary Conference of the European SPES Forum in April 10-12, 2014 in Ieper, Flanders Fields, Belgium launched "The Ypres Manifesto on Business for Peace". It reads as follows: In commemoration of the Great War of 1914-1918, we gather together in Ypres, April 10 to 12, 2014, as an international group yearning for Peace and coming from more than ten different countries. In the war trenches of Ypres, thousands of young people lost their lives, their innocence and dreams. It does not suffice to hold a moment of silence to respectfully remember those who perished. No, commemorating the Great War demands a brutally honest and open reflection upon what we must do today in order to prevent the next war, the next slaughter. It is our duty to resurrect the lost dreams of a sacrificed generation and to transform their heroism in warfare into heroism for peace.

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