T. Cantle: Prospects for Multiculturalism and Community Cohesion

November 22, 2008

London, England - In a presentation to the Global Peace Festival-UK Focus Group on Multiculturalism and Community Cohesion, Ted Cantle, British author and 30-year veteran of public service, stated that many minorities are amongst the most disadvantaged sectors of a community and still experience prejudice and unequal life chances.

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Focus Group on Conflict and the Achievement of the MDGs

November 22, 2008

London, England - The Peace and Development Focus Session of the Global Peace Festival in London featured the problems of nations struggling to fulfill the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 while struggling with debt, conflict, and unfair trade relationships. This followed the Rt. Hon. Bill Rammell MP, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State’s encouraging words to the International Leadership Conference to create an international coalition of all sectors of society to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, lasting peace, and prosperity.

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A. Sajid: Multiculturalism and the European Union

November 22, 2008

As a chairman of the European Union Task Force for Intercultural Dialogue, I have been working very closely with the 27 countries of the European Union during the past three to four years. I can confirm that the European Union has achieved three major things in the past three to four years.

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International Leadership Conference Held in London

November 22, 2008

London, UK -An International Leadership Conference was held in the legendary Palm Court Terrace at the London Waldorf Hotel November 21-22. A favorite retreat for Oscar Wilde and other literary giants, the room also doubled as the state room in the 1954 film Titanic.

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"Break and Build" Service Projects in East London

November 21, 2008

London, United Kingdom - In the spirit of preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games, clean-up projects took place in East London in October and November 2008.

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Peace Festival Opens in the House of Commons

November 20, 2008

London, United Kingdom - A peace festival began on November 20 with a standing-room only plenary discussion hosted at the House of Commons in the Palace of Westminster on the topic “New Paradigm in a Time of Global Crisis.”

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M. Braybrooke: Need for Multidisciplinary Dialogue

November 20, 2008

I think my real hope is that the dialogue now will not only be interfaith but multidisciplinary. I’ve been very concerned that we don’t just have religious leaders talking about peace, which I guess most of them are in favor of, but that we actually engage with people who have to make practical decisions.

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London Gathering Hears Perspectives on Iraq

October 6, 2008

London, England - An October 6 meeting in London on ‘Perspectives on Iraq’ featured presentations by a Member of the UK Parliament and people from Iraq who are living in the United Kingdom.

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Mongolia's Efforts to Achieve MDGs Lauded in London

September 26, 2008

London, England - An evening meeting in London on the theme of "Mongolia and the Millennium Development Goals" began with a reception for members of the Mongolia Association in the United Kingdom.

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Family Fun Day Raises Money for Hospital in Watford

August 10, 2008

Watford, England - Inspired by their participation in a Family Fun Day in 2007, the Muslim Awareness Forum organized a Family Fun Day in Watford, England, on August 10 to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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Spice and Soul at Peace Festival Kick Off

June 11, 2008

A show at the Regent Hall, Oxford Street on June 11 wowed the audience with a variety performance that brought people to their feet.

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East London Nature Reserve Project Featured on BBC Website

April 26, 2008

BBC London featured a story on UPF-UK's project, “East London Youth in support of UN Millennium Development Goals,” which took place on April 26. Twenty-five London youth took part in a day of conservation at an East London Nature Reserve, in celebration with the UN-endorsed Global Youth Service Day.

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UK Marriage and Family Committee Research

April 11, 2008

The Marriage and Family Committee of the UPF National Peace Council spent one year investigating what the field of marriage and family in the UK entails, and gave their report on April 10, 2008.

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Discussing Marriage and Family in Birmingham

April 1, 2008

“We can’t fit any more people in” Patricia was overhead saying to Velimira, at about 8.00 pm on the evening of April 1, 2008. “We’d better lock the door.”

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Women as Ambassadors for Peace in the Community

March 30, 2008

The fifth anniversary of the Watford Bridge of Peace was celebrated on March 30, 2008 at the Multi-Cultural Community Center in Watford, a town 34 kilometers northwest of London.

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Fact-Finding Trips to Israel and Palestinian Territories

December 31, 2007

UPF's Middle East Peace Initiative programs from 2005-07 included fact-finding tours to inform participants of the perceived prospects for a peaceful resolution of the conflict from a range of informed opinions from both Israelis and Palestinians.

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UK Doctor Proposes a Holy Land Medical Project

December 31, 2007

Plans for a collaborative health care project are evolving out of the Middle East Peace Initiative fact-finding trips. Participants in a European MEPI fact-finding tour visited the Caritas Baby Hospital in Bethlehem in 2007.

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RYS Art and Leadership Training Program in the UK

September 11, 2007

Luxembourg, UK – The Religious Youth Service (RYS) UK, Service for Peace (SFP) Luxembourg and A Taste of Our Culture based in the UK, planned and carried out this exciting one-day project on  September 11, 2007 to launch the Global Peace Festival in the UK.

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Peace Festival Celebrates Diversities of Culture in the UK

September 10, 2007

A peace festival in the United Kingdom turned out to be a “global” experience in terms of the diversity of ethnicities and cultures represented. Advertised under the slogan “Click,” invitees were each encouraged to look at ways they can “click” with a person from a different culture. Eight partner organizations worked together on the September 8-10, 2007, event, held at the Imperial College in London.

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Forum in London on Passing on Our Values

September 10, 2007

An enlightening conference at the September 2007 Global Peace Festival in London aimed to provide some answers to questions such as “how can communities hand down traditions and values from old to young?” Sudhir Kundi Ji inaugurated this conference by introducing himself and the ethos of the Sant Nirankari Mission by stating that through spiritual awakening, or the knowledge of God, man could become closer to his fellow men and this Almighty God.

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