The World Veterans Federation (WVF) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization which is independent from governments, non-political and non-sectarian. It does not discriminate on the basis of racial, ethnic, religious, gender or national identities, nor does it allow its members to do so.
It is a federation of 181 veteran organizations from 96 countries representing some 25 to 30 million veterans worldwide.
The WVF was established in Paris, France in 1950. The founding members were veteran organizations from 8 countries namely, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Turkey, USA and Yugoslavia. Its original name was “The International Federation of War Veterans Organisation”.
The WVF maintains its consultative status with the United Nations since 1951 and was conferred the title of “Peace Messenger” in 1987.
The aims of the WVF are:.
- To defend the spiritual and material interests of veterans and victims of war and their families by all available legal means.
- To maintain international peace and security by the application to the letter and in spirit of the Charter of the United Nations and by respecting the human rights and fundamental freedoms set forth in the International Bill of Human Rights and other international instruments.
- To promote the full integration of veterans
and victims of war in their respective communities by providing
appropriate rehabilitation and other relevant legislation and
actions to overcome the physical and psycho-social consequences
of armed conflict.
- To further friendly relations among national
as well as international organizations of veterans and victims
- To encourage cooperation between national
organizations and the exchange of expertise and experience in
all fields of interest.
- To promote and maintain the sacred duty of
The WVF carries out various activities all year round to achieve its objectives.