A special three day conference was organized in the Austrian capital from the 22nd to the 25th October 2015 to mark the 200th anniversary of the Congress of Vienna. The conference addressed issues affecting global stability and how to establish principles for a stable world order. The Brazzaville Foundation was represented by our Chairman, Jean-Yves Ollivier, and Advisory Board member, Mathews Phosa.
The conference was organised by the Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership, in collaboration with a number of leading policy organisations and universities, as part of a 12-16 month project to address contemporary issues affecting global stability.
In addition to the “Congress of Vienna 2015”, the project involves a series of international workshops and conferences; publishing policy papers; and preparing a report on the discussions at Vienna to be presented at a public session of the United Nations in New York at the end of February 2016.
The keynote address was given by Romano Prodi, former Prime Minister of Italy and former President of the EU Commission.
The conference brought together some 40 leading global thinkers, former government and international organisation representatives, leading businessmen and representatives of civil society to discuss these international challenges. Jean-Yves Ollivier made an intervention on the importance of conflict resolution in tackling the root causes of forced migration. His address was particularly well received by the conference participants.
During the Congress of Vienna, the representatives of the Brazzaville Foundation had the opportunity to talk with numerous leading global thinkers, including the Canadian businessman Joel Bell, who is the Chairman of the Chumir Foundation, HRH Prince Hassan of Jordan who takes a close interest in the forced migration issue, the Austrian diplomat Wolfgang Petritsch who was involved in conflict resolution in the Balkans, and Bakhtiar Amin, a former Iraqi Minister who was particularly interested in the Foundation’s discreet approach to confidence-building and reducing tensions between conflicting parties.