Parliamentarians and Faith Leaders Address Challenges of Our Time

The 32nd International Leadership Conference organized by UPF brought together more than 300 leaders from over 80 nations.

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Latin America Summit Includes Founder’s Address and Peace Rally

The first Latin America Summit concluded with a speech by the UPF co-founder and the signing of the São Paulo Declaration of Peace.

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Latin America Summit 2018 Day One and Two

Participants at the opening banquet of the first Latin America Summit praised the evening’s spirit of fraternity and friendship.
The second day of the Summit featured prominent speakers from throughout the region.

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UPF-Japan Holds 33rd Peace Diplomats Forum

The 33rd Peace Diplomats Forum discussed the role of Japan in the transformation of armed conflict.

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Peace Road 2018 Comes to Nairobi, Kenya

Peace Road 2018, sponsored by UPF-Kenya with the South Nairobi Sikh Temple, drew 1,000 participants.

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Jerusalem Forum Holds IAPP Meeting at the Knesset

The central role of Arab Israelis in the regional economy was discussed at an IAPP meeting held at the Israeli Knesset.

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Peace Road USA Hits the Road in Elizabeth, NJ

Elizabeth, New Jersey—On May 20, Elizabeth became the first U.S. location to hold Peace Road 2018. In partnership with the organization Groundwork Elizabeth and the City of Elizabeth, it was held in conjunction with the city’s annual Tour de Elizabeth bicycle event. It attracted more than 500 bicyclists from around Union County and even neighboring towns and counties.

The bike route was divided into two. The first route covered the western part of the town commencing from the City Hall, while the second route was directed towards the Elizabethport area and the Elizabeth River Trail on the eastern part of the town. They both arrived at the very same spot where everyone started.

Registration started around 7:30 AM, and the tour officially begun at 9 AM. Bikers as young as seven and as old as seventy from different levels of experience came together to celebrate Bike Month and to promote peace and tourism in the city. Elizabeth City Mayor Chris Bollwage, the main organizer, greeted everyone with so much enthusiasm despite the gloomy weather as this year marks the 15th year of Tour de Elizabeth. Bicycles in various shapes and sizes flooded the streets of Elizabeth; even a young mono cyclist participated in the tour. Ten Peace Road bikers made it through the first phase (around 7 miles) in an hour because of several inclined roads. After a short break, the team trekked the second route (around 8 miles), completing the whole 15-mile bike tour.

Jonathan Phillips, the executive director of Groundworks Elizabeth along with bike marshals and local police, guided riders along the path and made sure that everyone was safe. Finishers, filled with pride and a sense of accomplishment, were greeted with big cheers and congratulations.

After the tour, there was a raffle drawing with a grand prize of a brand-new bicycle and helmet. More prizes were raffled off, courtesy of different sponsors and booth exhibitors. Each participant was also provided with a t-shirt, hat and goody bag full of gifts and informative material, including a Peace Road postcard.

Emiljun Rapada, the Peace Road USA 2018 national coordinator, thanked all the participants and encouraged them to join other scheduled locations in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Manhattan, New York, in June and July respectively. UPF’s Peace Road project is an outgrowth of the vision of UPF Founder Sun Myung Moon for an international highway connecting all continents. It began in the United States in 2015 and has expanded to become a series of international annual events. For more information and latest updates, check the Peace Road website (www.peaceroadusa.org).

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Peace Road 2018 Held in Zambia

Lusaka, Zambia—The colorful UPF-sponsored Peace Road 2018 drew many participants and favorable media coverage.

Diverse Couples Renew Wedding Vows in Birmingham

Birmingham, United Kingdom—Sixty couples from many different backgrounds took part in a World Peace Blessing held by UPF and an affiliated organization.

World Cup Fans Unite behind ‘Peace Road’ Banner

Moscow, Russia—UPF-Russia volunteers used the occasion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to unfurl the “Peace Road” banner at numerous football matches.