Nordic Walking on St. Petersburg ‘Winter Peace Road’

The local chapter of UPF opened the winter season of Peace Road by sponsoring a session of Nordic walking.

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Interfaith Welcome for New Year in Spain

Madrid, Spain—UPF-Spain held an interfaith gathering to ask for God’s blessings on the new year.

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IAPD Is Inaugurated in France

More than 100 participants gathered to inaugurate the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD).

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UPF-UK Holds Year-End Gathering

Ambassadors for Peace, long-standing friends, branch chairs, and others from across the United Kingdom attended the annual meeting.

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Africa Summit: Honoring the Legacy of President Nelson Mandela

UPF and the Royal House of Mandela hosted the conference “Peace and Human Development in Africa” to honor the centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

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UPF Interfaith Initiative Inaugurated in Canada

UPF’s interfaith initiative, the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD), was inaugurated in Canada during UN World Interfaith Harmony Week 2019.

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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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Yekaterinburg Peace Road Remembers Leningrad Blockade

Yekaterinburg, Russia—A Peace Road event honored the 75th anniversary of Leningrad’s liberation from a Nazi blockade.

Religious Leaders Celebrate UN Solidarity Day

Florence, Italy—UPF of Tuscany organized an event to celebrate International Human Solidarity Day.

Interfaith Welcome for New Year in Spain

Madrid, Spain—UPF-Spain held an interfaith gathering to ask for God’s blessings on the new year.