Archduchess Herta Margarete von Habsburg of Austria-Tuscany is the President of the “The Association for the Furtherance of Peace” which awards the “Flame of Peace” to persons in positions of leadership who engage themselves in the process of global/local peace and humanitarian initiatives wherever and whenever possible.
The Vice-President is Archduke Sándor von Habsburg, whose father Dominic is the main owner of the so-called “Dracula Castle” (Bran Castle) in Transylvania. Baron Henri Estramant from Brussels arranged the event as the person in charge of international affairs for the association.
“The Flame of Peace is a symbol for worldwide peace, a reminder of our duty to be active for peace in our thoughts, words and deeds”.
The award has been presented to several heads of state such as Lech Wałęsa (Poland), Atifete Jahjaga (Kosovo), Adolf Ogi (twice president of the Swiss Confederation) as well as a plethora ambassadors and leaders paladins of peace such as the General Director of the Peace Palace, Steven van Hoogstraten in The Hague, former Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1987-1995), Dr. Alois Mock, Advisor to the Global Panel Foundation, HRH Prince Laurent of Belgium, President of the Royal Institute for the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and the Promotion of Clean Technology
The award shall be presented to the first President of the European Council, Count Herman Van Rompuy, to US ambassador to Belgium Denise Campbell Bauer as well as Ambassador of Slovenia to Belgium, Matjaž Šinkovec, first Permanent Representative of Slovenia to NATO and former political dissident in Yugoslavia, and Kosovar Head of Mission to the EU, Mimoza Ahmetaj, on Thursday, 4 February 2016, Embassy of Slovenia, Brussels.
Naturally the award is not reserved to global leaders but is bestowed upon worthy recipients working in local/community projects fostering peace, inter-cultural understanding and humanitarian actions “on the field”.
Moreover the “Flame of Peace” is erected as a monument in different cities globally, or presented to a nation as it has been the case of Tunisia, or most recently in the Ukraine. For instance, the Flame of Peace Monument stands in Prishtinë, Kosovo, just outside the University of Pristina inaugurated at the time by the then mayor Isa Mustafa, today Prime Minister of Kosovo (https://picasaweb.google.com/100469464032925923297/FriedensmissionKosovo?gsessionid=VKkFWZQkRR-RAQAMH9sWLQ).
The page below shows the monument erected at the Grand Hotel in Vienna, Austria, which serves as the headquarters of the NGO. It also showcases various charitable activities wherein Archduchess Herta Margarete and Archduke Sándor are involved: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flame-of-Peace/142746742468531?fref=ts
The “Flame of Peace” is an NGO not bound to any government, religious affiliation or political actors. Its activities vary from fundraising for programmes of cultural understanding aiming at the youth to fundraising for crisis-affected countries (e.g., recently after the floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina, or for the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine).
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Personal information about the President and Vice-President:
Royal House: http://granducato.org