Summit of Parliamentarians Held at the United Nations

UPF Vice President Dr. Tageldin Hamad chaired a high-level roundtable at the United Nations during a Summit of Parliamentarians.

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Youth and Students for Peace Launched in DR Congo

UPF-Congo combined its launch of YSP with an International Youth Day commemoration, drawing over 1,200 participants.

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Munich ‘Peace Road’ Visits Houses of Worship

UPF-Munich organized a “Peace Road” bicycle tour to Muslim, Christian and Jewish houses of worship.

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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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Lake Baikal Service Project Draws International Teams

Kultuk, Russia—Adults and children spent several weeks improving an area near Lake Baikal as part of an annual service project organized by UPF.

Between July 2 and August 24, four different groups came to the largest freshwater lake in the world, located in southern Siberia, to take part in the 2018 Baikal Project.

In the mountainous terrain near the lake they built a half-kilometer bicycle path and equipped two observation platforms. They also rebuilt two pedestrian bridges across a mountain river near the town of Slyudyanka and laid a corridor for a new sightseeing trail at the Sobolinaya Mountain ski resort near the town of Baikalsk.

The total number of participants was 64 adults and 13 children. Ten adults and five children joined additional projects. Along with Russians, the participants included representatives of Vietnam, China, Japan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, France, Belgium and Bulgaria.

In 2018, the Baikal Project established a cooperative relationship with the organization Great Baikal Trail -- Buryatia, which provided some tools and volunteers.

Each of the main shifts included an educational program on volunteerism, family values, and peacebuilding as well as a one-week mountain trip. Although most of the participants were young adults, one of the shifts was designed for families with children as young as 5 years.

At the end of the season, the project organizing committee met with representatives of the administration and the mayor of Slyudyanka to assess the summer’s results and to make plans for the future.

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UPF-Nigeria Honors UN Day with World Peace Blessing

Abuja, Nigeria—United Nations Day was commemorated with a Family Unity Blessing Festival.

Plant Seeds of Peace in Early Childhood, Conference Advises

New Haven, United States—A conference of educators asked the question, “Can early childhood development advance ‘The Culture of Peace?’”

Côte d’Ivoire Inaugurates IAPD

Grand Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire—Religious and Civic leaders attended the launch of the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development.