The Venezuelan capital city of Caracas has been chosen to host the 2008 World Peace Assembly this week. Delegations from over 90 countries are expected to participate.
The event is an annual meeting of the World Peace Council, which was founded in 1949 to promote peace, disarmament, and global security. It calls itself an “anti-imperialist, democratic, independent and non-aligned international movement” to stimulate action and raise public awareness in favor of peace.
The head of the group, which is based in Greece, explained that Caracas was selected to be this year’s “world peace capital” out of a sense of solidarity with Venezuela and its “Bolivarian process.” April 11th marks the 6th anniversary of the short-lived coup against President Hugo Chavez, and this year’s World Peace Assembly commemorates his return to elected office by a popular movement.