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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Balkans Peace Initiative Consultation: Toward Lasting Peace in the Balkans

Balkans experts gathered at a special session of World Summit 2020 to discuss the region’s progress to a peaceful future.

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Central Asians Discuss Regional Cooperation

The Central Asian Forum that took place during World Summit 2020 had as its theme “Cooperation and Peace: Eurasian Perspective and Interdependence.”

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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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Parliamentarians’ Assembly Addresses National and Regional Critical Issues

The Global Assembly of IAPP highlighted the central role played by parliamentarians throughout the world.

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Peace Tour Builds UPF in Swaziland

Manzini, Swaziland - The UPF peace tour in Swaziland featured delivery of peace messages at the Tums George Hotel in Manzini, Swaziland. Among the dignitaries at this well-attended gathering were traditional chiefs, tribal kings, senators, members of the national assembly, religious leaders, and NGO leaders. The opening speech was given by former Minister Mrs. Stella Lukhele, who emphasized “living for the sake of others” and family as the basic unit of everything.

The welcome address was read by Senator Bella Katamzi on behalf of the Deputy Speaker, Mrs. Trusty Gina. An extract of the speech reads: “Unless we can practice the ‘principles of peace’ in our Kingdom of Swaziland, we will continue to face the challenges of HIV/AIDS, dysfunctional families, poverty and hunger. That means that the Kingdom of Swaziland will only be in a state of 'absence of war,' but not at peace within us. I trust the peace messages we will receive today will touch the hearts and minds of all those present today.

The Chairman’s address was read by Rev. Abednego Dlamini, Senator and chairman of UPF-Swaziland. Rev. Peter Wonderlik and Rev. Youngsuk Kim delivered the peace message. Ambassador for Peace certificates were awarded to Chief Prince Kekela Dlamini (a member of the King’s Council), Senator Bella Katamzi, and tribal chief Bishop Musa Mbingo.

Among the participants there was an appreciation for the emphasis in the peace message on strengthening the family, and they pledged a new commitment to their marriages. The call for education for Ambassadors for Peace on an ongoing basis was another popular reflection. Rev. Dlamini and Rev. Wonderlik were interviewed by Swazi TV, and the event made the national news.

To read a message delivered during the UPF peace tours click here.

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Ambassadors for Peace Testify to World Summit 2020

Lisbon, Portugal—The importance of World Summit 2020 was the topic of a meeting of Ambassadors for Peace.

UPF-Hawaii Hosts Its Third Annual UN World Interfaith Harmony Week

Honolulu, Hawaii—Representatives of ten religions participated in UPF’s We Are One Water ceremony at UN World Interfaith Harmony commemoration.

World Interfaith Harmony Week Observed in Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia—The 10th anniversary of World Interfaith Harmony Week was commemorated in Indonesia with a program featuring speakers from different faiths.