ContactWillem A. Koetsier
Chapter Secretary General
Global Peace Council Member
September 20, 2015
Amsterdam, Netherlands—The 2015 UN International Day of Peace was observed in the Netherlands with a benefit dinner to support the Children’s Hospital in Pyongyang, North Korea.
July 4, 2015
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.
September 20, 2014
The Hague, Netherlands - Three members of the Women's Federation for World Peace-Netherlands joined the Sept. 20, 2014, International Day of Peace event called Salon on Women and Democracy organized by the Women’s Plaza of The Hague.
August 28, 2014
Utrecht, Netherlands - UPF-Netherlands held an Ambassadors for Peace meeting on Aug. 28, 2014, in Utrecht focusing on Christianity in China.
May 17, 2014
The Hague, Netherlands - UPF-Netherlands and the Dutch chapter of the Women’s Federation for World Peace jointly celebrated the UN International Day of Families +20 under the designated theme "Families matter for the Achievement of Development Goals" in The Hague on May 17, 2014.
February 11, 2014
I began looking for theologians and educators to work with us to develop what we called “recognition education,” in which children got religious education, each in their own tradition, and then told the children from the other tradition what they learned. In this process, the children discovered similarities and differences in the various traditions, prayers, rituals, stories, etc. Because of this education, the children became peacebuilders.
December 10, 2013
The Hague, Netherlands - UPF and the Women's Federation for World Peace-Netherlands organized an observance of UN Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, 2013, at Christus Triumphatorkerk in The Hague.
September 22, 2013
UPF-Netherlands organized International Day of Peace 2013 events in Nijmegen and The Hague.
July 31, 2013
Amsterdam, Netherlands - On the UN International Day of Friendship, July 30, 2013, Drs. Ari van Buuren, Chairman of United Religions Initiative-Netherlands, spoke on “My Interfaith Experiences and the Fight of Jacob with the Angel.”
June 2, 2013
Amsterdam, Netherlands - UPF-Netherlands supported and celebrated the UN Global Day of Parents together with the affiliated Amsterdam Family Federation for World Peace and Unification on June 2.
May 11, 2013
The Hague, Netherlands - UPF organized an observance of the International Day of Families in The Hague on May 11.
April 11, 2013
Bergen aan Zee, Netherlands - The Japanese singer Seiko Hatano Lee gave a “Spring Concert” in Huize Glory, North Holland on April 11. It was the last concert of her 2013 visit to Europe, which had been mainly in Germany and Austria; this concert was arranged at very short notice.
February 24, 2013
Commentary on the State of the European Union
May 19, 2012
The Hague, Netherlands - UPF-Netherlands organized a commemoration of the UN International Day of Families on May 19 at Christus Triomfatorkerk in The Hague. Musicians Carlos Figueroa and Giancarlo Dragonetti performed.
May 3, 2012
Amsterdam, Netherlands - An evening of stories, songs, poems, and food on May 3 enlivened the celebration of May Day, the ancient spring festival of the northern hemisphere; the Purification Azalea Festival of Cheongpyeong, Korea; and Netherlands' national days of honoring the dead and celebrating the liberation from Nazi Germany.
February 9, 2012
Amsterdam, Netherlands - UPF-Netherlands organized an interfaith dinner on February 9 in commemoration of World Interfaith Harmony Week.
September 22, 2011
Amsterdam and The Hague, Netherlands - UPF-Netherlands organized International Day of Peace commemorations on September 21 in the Dialogue Center in Amsterdam and on September 22 at Christus Triumfator Church in The Hague.
September 9, 2011
Universal Peace Federation-Netherlands joins with our Afghanistani friends in mourning the passing their national hero and "Amer Sahib e Shaheed" (Martyred Commander), Ahmad Shah Massoud, tragically assassinated on September 9, 2001, just one week after his 48th birthday. How different his country might be, probably with genuine democracy and inter ethic cooperation, were he alive today!
August 4, 2011
Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ambassador for Peace Rob Schrama spoke at a UPF gathering on August 4 about the origins and his motivation for creating the Jerusalem Hug,in which people hold hands around the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, singing and praying for peace and respect for all humankind.
May 15, 2011
The Hague and Amsterdam, Netherlands - UPF-Netherlands organized two commemorations of the International Day of Families in The Hague: on May 14 at the Hobbel YMCA club house and on May 15 at the Sewa Dhaam Hindu Center. An additional observance took place in Amsterdam on May 15.