Un Ponte Per (UPP) is an international solidarity association and NGO founded in 1991 immediately after the Iraq war. Its focus has always been the solidarity for the Iraqi population affected by the war. Originally called “Un Ponte Per Baghdad”, the association later became known as "Un Ponte Per" after expanding its work into Serbia, Kosovo and other Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries.
UPP’s goal is the prevention of armed and violent conflict, particularly in the Middle East, through a series of information campaigns, cultural exchange, cooperation projects, peace building programmes and the creation of social justice networks.
Un Ponte Per has been active in Italy and the Middle East to promote peace, human rights and solidarity between nations.
UPP’s commitment to assisting populations who have suffered war have resulted in efforts to build links between Italian and European civil society and the civil societies of the countries in which it operates, with advocacy campaigns, exchange of culture and best practice, joint projects and the founding of coalitions to strengthen the organizational, structural and participatory capacity of Civil Society as a whole.
UPP refuses to accept war as a way of settling national and international disputes, and is working to facilitate peaceful and fair coexistence through interaction of different cultures, languages, religions and traditions in order to build social cohesion.
In addressing the underlying causes of war, UPP prioritises human rights and concrete support for those who fight for them and for the basic freedoms, whether they are people, movements, organizations or informal groups.
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