The Rector of UPEACE visits the Federal University of Latin American Integration (UNILA)




  •  Rector Rojas delivered the Inaugural Conference Chair on Peace Studies.

May 4 2014. Parana, Brazil - The Rector of the University for Peace, Dr. Francisco Rojas Aravena, was invited by the Federal University of Latin American Integration (UNILA) to give the Inaugural Conference of the Department of Peace Studies, which was held at the Campus Jardim Universitário in Parana, Brazil, where more than 350 people participated, among teachers and students.

In this context, the Rector referred to the difficult path of building peace around the world and in the Latin American region. He stressed that peace building requires constant investment and a global perspective to enable compliance with the agenda that promotes peace and coexistence. In this regard, the Rector highlighted that peace goes beyond the absence of war and that it is necessary to move forward in the construction of peace as an essential positive concept. One that empowers individuals and that allows progress in the development of public policies, from the State, to accelerate the inclusion and equity, while promoting peaceful coexistence and civic friendship.

During his lecture, Dr. Rojas stressed the importance of Latin America as a “Peace Zone”, a nuclear-free region, without weapons of mass destruction. At the same time, he stressed that Latin America suffers one of the highest levels of violence in the world expressed in intentional homicide. He reminded the audience that 41 of the 50 most violent cities in the world are in Latin America and that mainly young people are the ones who kill and die.

In the current regional and global situation, rather than interstate wars, the conflicts occur within states and societies. The main characteristic in Latin America, in the context of violence, is the crisis of governance. In this scenario, Rector Rojas Aravena highlighted the need to create new initiatives capable of addressing these phenomena. Also the importance of moving forward in peaceful and democratic coexistence, and therein the role of prevention is crucial.

Dr. Rojas also highlighted the need for development as a fundamental element of peace, because without development there is no peace, and without peace there are no rights. After that, he reminded the participants that achieving the goal of peace, requires the participation of all of us, by adding: " If we want peace we must educate for peace".

After this activity, the Rector met with the Rector of UNILA, Nielsen Paula Pires, and agreed to formalize a memorandum of understanding for mutual cooperation.

For more information, please refer to the note (in portuguese) made by Jornal Do Oeste in the following link:

For more information, please contact Ana Lucía Guerrero at or call +506 2205-9000.