First European "Peace Talk" Welcomes Religious Leaders

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

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UPF Volunteers Distribute Masks

UPF has been active in volunteer work during the coronavirus-related lockdown of spring 2020.

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UPF-Peru Increases Its Media Presence

Already active on Facebook and What’sApp, UPF-Peru expands its outreach to radio, magazines, and YouTube..

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UK Webinar Discusses Faith amid the Pandemic

A UPF-organized online conference brought together religious leaders to discuss responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Moldovan Youth Reach Out to Elderly During Pandemic

UPF-Moldova has been providing support to elderly and vulnerable families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UPF’s Fifth "Peace Talks" Zoom Program Addresses the Impact of Covid-19 on Families

The fifth program of UPF’s Peace Talks series, “The Covid-19 Crisis and Its Impact on Families,” had almost 300 participants from 84 countries.

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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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Russian Actress Interviewed for Day of Families Event

Moscow, Russia—UPF dedicated the first of a series of online interviews to UN International Day of Families.

Australia Commemorates International Day of Families with Webinar

Melbourne, Australia—In commemoration of the UN International Day of Families 2020, UPF-Melbourne held a webinar on “Alleviation of Poverty vs. Elevation of Human Potential.”

UPF’s Peace Talks Webinar Looks at Israel, Palestine, and Beyond

UPF International, United States—UPF International’s web conference, “Challenges and Prospects for Peace in the Holy Land: A Conversation During the Time of Covid-19,” drew over 300 participants form 52 countries.