WAR IN UKRAINE

IPO 2022 SB & OC OFFICIAL POSITION

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Dear IPO friends

Following a joint meeting of the Steering Board and the Organizing Committee of the XXX International Philosophy Olympiad, the following conclusions were reached on a fully consensual basis:

1. The Steering Board acknowledges that, at this stage, the Organizing Committee finds itself in the impossibility of confirming the invitation to attend the IPO for participants from the Russian Federation and from Belarus. The Steering Board is aware of the considerable constraints that the OC is facing in preparing the IPO 2022 and expresses its support to the Portuguese delegation for the task it is accomplishing in this difficult time.

2. The Steering Boards urges the OC to modify the overall schedule of the IPO in order to include a substantial workshop in which scholars, teachers, and above all students attending the IPO would discuss together and critically analyze the situation of the war in Ukraine, with a particular focus on the proper and just ways to respond, individually and collectively, to the dark times in which we live. 

May peace soon prevail!

 

For the Steering Board

Luca Maria Scarantino

For the IPO 2022 Organizing Committee

Manuel João Pires

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