By Josef Svacina, UPF Finland
This year, on August 14, 2018, UPF Finland and FFWPU Finland together prepared and held the Peace Road 2018 –Walk from the Senate square through busy city centre streets up to the Parliament, where continuing with indoor program in Visitor´s centre hall. Peace greetings were shared from current parliamentarian Mika Niikko – the host in the Parliament, previous parliamentarian Lauri Oinonen and Fatima Usman –president of the NGO Afaes.
In addition to general theme “Connecting the World through Peace” we have set national themes: “Finland on the Highway of Building Peace & conflict solving skills”. Speakers touched these topics while shared their views on it, included personal memories, encouragements and suggestions for preparation of the Peace Road next year. As participants we felt joining in spirit of unity with other nations while watching the Peace Road 2018 video, covering the events and many ways of standing for Peace around the world.
Two dozen people gathered this year at the square and some more then joined the road after coming from work, making the Peace Road event happen.