Political Arrangements Discussed at Jerusalem Forum

The Jerusalem Peace and Security Forum co-organized a discussion on political arrangements that can ensure long-term stability in Jerusalem, on May 28.


Young Russians Train
for “Europe-Asia”

Ten Russian teens are receiving free professional training for a half-marathon associated with the “Europe-Asia” Marathon.


Central America-Caribbean Regional Conference Held in Costa Rica

UPF held its first conference for Central America and the Caribbean region, “Building bridges of peace,” on June 25.


Australian Peace Council Defines Its Vision

The Victoria Peace Council held its second meeting to define the vision, mission, values and peacebuilding principles to guide its work.


Ambassadors for Peace Participate in UN’s 70th Anniversary Concert

Ambassadors for Peace participated in a concert at the UN in New York in celebration of the UN’s 70th Anniversary, on June 30.


Religious Youth Service Project Helps Rebuild Nepal

More than 30 young people from around the world participated in a Religious Youth Service project in Nepal in June.


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Peace Tour Builds UPF in Guinea

Conakry, Guinea - September 20, 2006 was a historical day in this peaceful but worried land in the heart of West Africa. Even though it was a working day and a morning time was chosen for the rally, 1,050 guests heard the UPF peace message in the famous Palais du Peuple hall where founding President Sekou Toure used to deliver long and bold revolutionary messages during the time of cold war when Guinea was in close ties with then Soviet Union.

Among the guests were top leaders of all fields, including three government ninisters, the Speaker of the Parliament, and 14 high officials from various political parties.

Invocation were offered by Archbishop Gomez of the Anglican Church and El Hadj Ibrahima Bah, the Grand Imam of Conakry. This is a significant cooperation in a country where 85 percent of population is Muslim.

Some participants were amazed to see so many people from different fields who usually are not together but whose words and activities affect so directly the life in the nation. UPF Chairman Michel Kamano, who is also the President of ECOSOC in his country, was constantly smiling as people came to congratulate him for being able to bring these people together.

After the Peace Message was presented by Mrs. Camara Poli, the Vice Minister of Religion said, “We believe this organization is truly a good one. Whenever you have some activity please do not hesitate to call us and we will be so happy to join you.”

Guinea has been affected by the political unrest in neighboring Liberia (14 years of civil war), Sierra Leone (11 years of civil war) and Cote d’Ivoire (which has experienced troubles since 2002). Many refugees came from these countries, raising serious concerns about land and food. The Guinea chapter of UPF, with its 50 Ambassadors for Peace, is planning more educational seminars to encourage leaders to play more active roles in peacebuilding in West Africa. This is in accordance with the African saying that “when fire is burning in your neighbor’s house, you should help firemen stop the fire; otherwise, your house may become the next target.”

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

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Global Day of Parents Celebrated in Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina—On June 11, UPF-Argentina celebrated the Global Day of Parents at the Embassy for Peace in Buenos Aires.

Netherlanders march for peace on the Peace Road

The Hague, Netherlands—More than 100 people took part in a “Great March for Peace” as the Netherlands’ contribution to the Peace Road international initiative.

Working in Unity Lightens Load at RYS Clean-up

Auckland, New Zealand—A Religious Youth Service project in New Zealand gave a group of young people the chance to do hard work with their hands and also understand people of other faiths with their heart.