WORLD VETERANS FEDERATION
The world’s largest international non-governmental association of veteran organizations of armed forces of various states. Established in 1950. The motto of the Federation is taken from the speech of Ralph Bunche, the Nobel Prize winner: “None can speak more eloquently for peace than those who have fought in war”. Now WVF is a federation of 170 veteran organizations from 93 countries representing around 42 million veterans worldwide. Participants of all kinds of wars and conflicts are represented in the Federation, from World War II to the recent military conflicts involving international peace-keeping forces (including the UN). The veterans’ tragic experience of surviving the hardships of many wars motivates them to fight for solid and durable peace all over the world, based on the Charter of the United Nations and the International Bill of Human Rights. The Federation is headed by: President – Mr. Hamid Ibrahim (Malaysia); Deputy President – Mr. Jacques Goujat (France); Vice Presidents Lt. Col. Godfrey Giles (South Africa) Brig. Gen. Charlemagne Y. Batayola (Philippines) Mrs. Marie Elisabeth Sveri (Norway) Mr. Dan Viggo Bergtun (Norway) The Chairman of Standing Committee on European Affairs is Mr. Dan-Viggo Bergtun (Norway). Daily activity of the WVF is carried out by the Executive Committee, residing in Paris.