Coalition of Faith-Based Organizations Holds First Webinar

The Coalition of Faith-Based Organizations’ Spirituality and Justice Initiative held the first of their webinar series, on the topic “Faith-Based Organizations, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.”

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Filipino ‘Peace Talks’ Focuses on Role of Religious Leaders

UPF-Philippines held its first national “Peace Talks” webinar, which focused on the role of religious leaders during the coronavirus crisis.

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UPF’s Third “Peace Talks” Webinar Shifts Focus to Parliamentarians

The third program of “Peace Talks,” titled “The Role of Parliamentarians in Addressing the Coronavirus Crisis,” May 1, 2020 had over 700 participants from 89 countries.

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Clergy at Assembly Seek ‘God’s Will for the Earth’

Several hundred clergy attended the World Clergy Leadership Conference Assembly, held during World Summit 2020.

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Religious Leaders Call for Greater Interfaith Cooperation

The Global Assembly of IAPD had as its theme “Toward a World of Lasting Peace: The Role of Religion, Interreligious Dialogue and Faith-Based Organizations.”

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UPF Convenes Spectacular World Summit 2020

The World Summit 2020 Assembly brought together a wide range of experts and stakeholders to offer insights and recommendations that contribute to building a world of lasting peace.

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Peace Tour in Ukraine Supports Interreligious Council

Kiev, Ukraine - A conference on “One Family under God: A New Vision of Peace in the 21st Century” was held in Kiev, Ukraine, at the Premier Palace Hotel. It was organized by the Universal Peace Federation and the Ukrainian Peace Council, a Ukrainian NGO. Among the 350 participants were renowned public figures, writers, scientists, artists, and representatives of many Ukrainian and international NGOs.
 
 

This conference was part of the chain of events of the Global Peace Tour 2009 organized by UPF.

This year's World Peace Summit on January 29-31 in New York, USA, brought together UN representatives and public and religious figures from around the world. Ukraine was represented by the Ukrainian Peace Council headed by the first President of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk.

The conference in Kiev was opened by Mr. Kravchuk, who mentioned that the Ukrainian people have the moral right to be in the vanguard of a global peacemaking process because their history is an example of peacemaking efforts, in particular as a country that voluntarily renounced its nuclear weapons.

Dr. Katsumi Ohtsuka, Chair of UPF-Eurasia, spoke about UPF activities in various countries. He appealed to conference participants to join this international peacemakers’ movement.

Other speakers included a famous poet of Ukraine, Borys Oliynyk, the head of the State Department of Nationalities and Religion at the Oleksandr Sagan, and biochemistry research institute director, academician Sergiy Komisarenko. They shared their opinions about peace, the relationship between religion and science, and the necessity of establishing an interreligious peace council at the United Nations.

Conference participants supported UPF's proposal to establish an interreligious peace to prevent conflicts and promote lasting peace. It is not a secret that most conflicts in the world have some religious basis. Conference participants expressed interest in programs that overcome the differentiation of society according to geographical or faith factors, revive family values, and develop the volunteer movement in Ukraine.

At the end of the conference, new Ambassadors for Peace were appointed: Poets Borys Oliynyk and Mykola Lukiv, Tchaikovsky National Music Academy Professor Diana Petrynenko, Olympic champion Iryna Merleni-Mikulchyn, and Doctor of Philosophy Yuriy Sedykh.

For the keynote address and more information about the peace tour, click here.
For background materials on a proposal for an interreligious council at the UN, click here.

 

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UPF International, United States—The sixth program in UPF’s "Peace Talks," dealt with “USA, China and International Relations in the Post-Covid Era: Cold War or Rapprochement?” and had more than 250 participating viewers from 57 countries.

Moldovan Youth Reach Out to Elderly During Pandemic

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First European "Peace Talk" Welcomes Religious Leaders

 

Paris, France—The first “Peace Talks” organized by UPF for the Europe/Middle East region focused on “The Role of Faith in Times of Crisis.”