Asia Pacific Summit Convenes in Nepal

More than 1,500 participants, including seven current heads of state and government, attended UPF’s first Asia Pacific Summit.

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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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IAPD Convenes Religious Leaders in New York

Nearly 300 clergy and lawmakers attended a UPF conference with the goal of overcoming division and building unity.

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UPF at World Tolerance Summit

UPF was an official supporting partner of the World Tolerance Summit, which took place in November in Dubai.

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UPF Holds Human Rights Conference in European Parliament

A UPF conference in the European Parliament on “Europe and the Future of Human Rights” brought together eminent scholars and human rights activists.

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IAPP Inaugurated in Morocco

The president of the House of Representatives inaugurated the Morocco Parliament branch of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP).

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European Ambassadors for Peace Commit to Collective Action

Co-sponsored by the Mission of Burundi to the United Nations in Geneva and the Independent Bureau for Humanitarian Issues, the Universal Peace Federation held a conference on November 1 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The event was a regional follow-up to a civil society convention that paralleled the September 2005 World Summit in New York.

Participants committed themselves to:

  • collaborate in the identification and amelioration of the root causes of conflicts and the violation of human rights,
  • promote understanding of the nexus between human dignity, rights and responsibilities and humanitarian problems
  • strengthen existing United Nations structures and programs through preventive actions
  • support and promote inter-religious dialogue and cooperation for peace.

Participants noted that the 2005 World Summit in New York resulted in agreements to take action on a range of global challenges but lacked commitment to concrete actions that could accomplish the “radical changes” called for by the UN Secretary-General months earlier.

Expressing concern that world leaders continue to advocate for coexistence rather than unity of nations, a number of speakers called for the nations to focus on peace-building capacities and objectives rather than military ones.

Several encouraging practices were noted. The new President of the Republic of Burundi, H.E. Hon. Pierre Nkurunziza, underscored the role of interreligious support for his nation's first democratic election. Dr. Bineta Diop described efforts to promote women’s rights through their participation in issues of peace and security. Women are the victims of conflict, she said, and they are significant but under-utilized contributors to peace.

The vision and plan of action of the Universal Peace Federation’s alliance of individuals and NGOs was presented an example of the civil society support needed by the proposed UN Peacebuilding Commission.

This event was inspired in part by the global peace tour of UPF founder Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon. The Tribune de Geneve described his visit as "most significant" and referred to him as the “Peace Messiah.”

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UPF-Albania Nears Completion of Peace Council Goal

Tirana, Albania—UPF-Albania is proud to announce that UPF Local Peace Councils have been established in 58 of the nation’s 61 municipalities.

Prague Gathering Explores Future of Human Rights

Prague, Czech Republic—In recognition of Human Rights Day, UPF held a conference titled “Europe and the Future of Human Rights.”

RYS-Sri Lanka Trains Future Leaders

Colombo, Sri Lanka—Ten people participated in a program to train them to become assistant trainers for future Religious Youth Service (RYS) projects.