World Peace Council

The World Peace Council (English World Peace Council WPC ) is an international organization that was founded in November 1950 to the 2nd World Peace Congress in Warsaw to promote peaceful coexistence and nuclear disarmament. Its predecessor was an International Liaison Office, which emerged in August 1948 from the World Congress of professionals working for Peace in Wrocław. This was linked to the Amsterdam - Pleyel movement, which developed in 1932 and 1933 activities against the preparation of a new world war.

The organization was dominated by communist intellectuals. Frédéric Joliot- Curie was the founding president, secretary general, Jean Laffitte, Vice President Ilya Ehrenburg. In the World Peace Council, however, also found such persons appointed by the communist ideology not felt obliged, but is committed there, as their efforts for the maintenance of peace in the West had no support. The World Peace Council was considered to be controlled by the USSR front organization and also served the KGB as a front organization. With the advent of the New Left in the mid- 1960s, its importance declined in the Western peace movement.

Your first headquarters, the organization had in Paris. However, it was already accused shortly afterwards by the French government to be the fifth column of the Communists, and reported. My seat was moved to Prague and in 1954 to Vienna, which was still under Allied occupation. After regaining full sovereignty, the Austrian government directed the organization for subversive activities in 1957 in the country. 1968 a new headquarters in Helsinki was opened, later, she returned as the Institute for Peace returned to Vienna. After the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and the termination of funding by the Soviet Union in 1989, this seat in 1990, was disbanded. Today is the Vienna headquarters of the World Peace Council.

The Peace Council of the German Democratic Republic was a member of the World Peace Council. Manfred Feist, brother of Erich Honecker was as head of the Central Committee Department International Information and Communication in East Germany responsible for World Peace and the Peace Council of the German Democratic Republic. Otto Nuschke and Karl Kleinschmidt were members of the German delegation, who took part in April 1949 at the founding congress of the World Peace Movement in Paris - Otto Nuschke there was the spokesman of the delegation. John Erwin Eckert heart and in 1950 elected to the World Peace Council.

The World Peace Council gives an International Peace Prize every year.

President of the World Peace Council

National Peace Councils

  • Australian Peace Committee, S. A. Branch
  • African Committee of WPC
  • All India Peace and Solidarity Organization
  • Argentina - MOPASSOL
  • Austrian Peace Council
  • Bangladesh Peace Committee
  • Belgium - Antiimerialistic League
  • Belgium - VREDE
  • Brazil - CEBRAPAZ
  • Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament ( CND), UK
  • Canadian Peace Alliance
  • Colombian Peace Council
  • Conselho Português para a Paz e Cooperação
  • Costa Rica - National Council for Peace and Solidarity
  • Cuba - Movimiento Cubano por la Paz y la de los Pueblos Soberanía
  • Cyprus Peace Council
  • Czech Peace Society
  • Egyptian Committee for Peace & Disarmament - Arab Coordination Centre Ecuadorian Council for Peace
  • Finnish Peace Committee
  • French Peace Movement
  • German Peace Council
  • Peace Council of the German Democratic Republic
  • Greece - Greek Committee for International Detente and Peace ( ΕΕΔΥΕ )
  • Japan Peace Committee
  • Korean National Peace Committee
  • Malta Peace Council
  • Mexico - MOMPADE
  • Mongolian Peace and Friendship Organizations
  • Nepal World Peace Committee
  • New Zealand - Peace Council of Aotearoa
  • Palestinian Council For Peace and Justice
  • Swiss Peace Movement
  • Spain - OSPAAAL
  • Swedish Peace Committee
  • Turkey - Peace Society in Turkey
  • Ukrainian Peace Council
  • USA - International Action Center
  • USA - Peace Council
  • USA - United for Peace and Justice
  • Vietnam Peace Committee
  • Yugoslavia - Freedom Association

Honorary Award of the World Peace Council

→ see: International Peace Prize ( WPC )


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  • World Peace Council (ed.): Fight racism, self-publishing Helsinki, 1978
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