Israel’s Faith Leaders Pray during Pandemic

Leaders representing four main religions met to pray for the healing of the world from coronavirus.

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UPF-Korea Event Supports Launch of New Organization

UPF-Korea held an event in support of the launch of the Heavenly Parent’s Holy Community, an affiliated organization, which was broadcast online and attended by 810 participants.

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Russian Orthodox Cleric Promotes Pedagogy of Peace

A prominent Russian Orthodox cleric was the first guest in a series of online meetings on interreligious cooperation.

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Africa Day Event Tackles Major Issues

An Africa Day commemoration discussed violence against women and government corruption.

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India Celebrates Global Day of Parents with Virtual Conference

UPF-India celebrated the UN Global Day of Parents 2020 by organizing a virtual conference on “Parental Love is the Key to Combating COVID-19,” with several hundred participants.

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Faith for Earth: Climate Change and Environmental Justice

The Coalition of Faith Based Organizations, a partner organization of UPF, hosted a June 4th webinar on Faith for Earth: Climate Change and Environmental Justice..

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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-Congo Hosts Seminar, Appoints New Ambassador for Peace

Pointe Noire, Congo—From June 27 to 28, 2020, UPF-Congo’s Ambassadors for Peace participated in a two-day seminar having the theme “A Heavenly Congo in a Heavenly Africa.”

UPF-USA’s 11th Weekly Prayer Webcast Includes Representatives from the Three Abrahamic Faiths

United States—UPF-USA’s eleventh weekly Interfaith Prayer for the Nation and the World was convened on the Zoom and Facebook platforms on Thursday, June 18, at 1 PM (EDT) through a call out to Ambassadors for Peace, UPF members and friends of UPF.

Israelis Unite through Interfaith Study

Jerusalem, Israel—UPF and the Jerusalem Interfaith Forum held an interfaith study to celebrate the holidays of three major religions.