Lebanon Holds Biggest-Ever Peace Road Event

Nearly 100 bicyclists participated in the biggest Peace Road event ever held in Lebanon.

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Young Football Players Compete for Peace Trophy in Monza, Italy

Four teams of young players competed in the 14th Peace Trophy interethnic football tournament.

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IAPD-Korea Joins Interfaith Assembly in Taiwan

The IAPD and Korea Religions Association participated in a three-day interfaith event organized by the Taiwan Conference on Religion and Peace.

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UPF-Peru, Serving the Nation

Ambassadors for Peace brought assistance to more than 200 families who had lost their homes in a massive fire.

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Montreal, Canada, Sees Its First Peace Road Rally

UPF members experienced joyful activism for peace traveling in the Peace Road Bike Rally.

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UPF-Netherlands Seminar on Peace Principles

The third seminar on the UPF Vision and Peace Principles drew 40 participants from 10 nations.

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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 Invites Parliamentary Leaders in Panama and Dominican Republic to World Summit 2020

Panama City, Panama, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic—Charles S. Yang, regional president of UPF-Central American and Caribbean, met with legislative leaders to invite them to next year’s summit in Korea.

UPF-Portugal Befriends Hindu Community

Lisbon, Portugal—In recent months UPF representatives have visited two main associations of the Hindu community of Portugal.

UPF-Peru’s August Activities Included International Forums, Intercultural Programs, and Service Projects

Lima, Peru—In August 2019, UPF-Peru participated in a variety of international forums and cultural celebrations, as well as social service projects.