UNITED STATES

Chapter Secretary General

Mr. Ricardo de Sena

Global Peace Council Member

Hon. Matt Salmon
Member (1995-2001), United States House of Representatives

National Peace Council Member

Hon. Earl F. Hilliard
Former Member, Congress of theUnited States of America

National Peace Council Member

Dr. Cheryl Ann Lau
Judge Pro Tempore, Carson City Justice and Municipal Courts

National Peace Council Member

Amb. Sam Hanna Zakhem
Former Ambassador, Embassy of the United States of America to Bahrain

Liberian Ambassador to US Hosts Day of Peace Gathering

September 23, 2009

Washington, DC, USA - “Be at home!” was H.E. Ambassador Nathaniel Barnes’ greeting as each guest entered the ambassadorial residence as the sun set on September 23. With his wife, Dawn Barnes, at his side, Ambassador Barnes proceeded to host this special gathering of peacemakers and friends of Liberia, commemorating the UN International Day of Peace.

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Interfaith Forum in New York on Climate Change

September 22, 2009

New York, USA - Religious leaders from around the world convened at the Church Center of the UN on Sept. 21, 2009 to discuss “the call of our religions [that] we must all learn to live together within the shared limits of our planet.”

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UPF Joins Student Day of Peace Observance at the UN

September 19, 2009

New York, NY - UPF brought 25 students from the New York City area to join hundreds of students from around the world at the UN and via telecast in observance of the International Day of Peace on Sept. 18, 2009.

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UPF Observes 9/11 Anniversary, Enters Fifth Year

September 12, 2009

New York, United States -  One day after the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the UPF pauses to reflect on the challenges and successes of the past four years.

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Reflections on 9/11

September 11, 2009

New York, NY, USA - On this day, September 11, many of us, and perhaps especially those of us based in New York, reflect on the darker capacities of human hearts and minds that can drive the most inhumane behavior. The actions of a few on this day eight years ago led to the deaths of thousands along with a wide range of destructive collateral actions. On this day, let us pause to consider not only the evil that may be done by others, but to also consider also the ways in which all of us can do more for peace, for justice, for reconciliation.

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RYS Conducts Peace Mosaic Project at Girls' Basketball Tournament in Newark

September 6, 2009

Newark, New Jersey, USA - United Initiatives for Peace in partnership with the City of Newark Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs hosted the 2nd Annual “You Got Schooled” tournament at Central High School in Newark, NJ. For two consecutive years, Religious Youth Service has been a part of the “You Got Schooled” tournament by conducting a Peace Mosaic project on site.

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American-Islamic Friendship Project

September 1, 2009

Washington, DC, USA - Peacebuilding has always been central to my life, but 9/11 played a particular role in stimulating me to become more active in working to make the world a more peaceful place. Since then, I have been active in peace initiatives in such diverse places as Pakistan, Israel, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, and the United States.

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Sri Lanka Ambassador Hosts Peace Forum in Washington, DC

August 15, 2009

Washington DC, United States - A gathering of peacemakers explored the theme, “A New Vision for Peace in the 21st Century,” held at the residence of the Ambassador of Sri Lanka on July 30 in Washington DC. Speakers presented the core principles and practices that can facilitate movement toward a world in which people of every race, culture, and religion can live together in peace.

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UN Youth Assembly Promotes Interfaith Cooperation

August 7, 2009

New York, USA - About 700 people from 50 countries took part in the sixth Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations Aug. 5-7, 2009.

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Wealthy Nations No Shows at UN Financial Meeting

June 26, 2009

New York, United States - The UN General Assembly met in New York June 24-26, 2009, to discuss the world financial and economic crisis and its impact on development.

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Video: Deepak Chopra Speaks at the UN

May 25, 2009

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Faith-based Diplomacy: Bridging the Divide

May 23, 2009

Dr. Douglas Johnston, noted author and peacemaker, spoke on “Faith-based Diplomacy: Bridging the Religious Divide” at an official Pre-Parliament of the World’s Religions Event hosted by UTS, the Interfaith Seminary, May 23. Dr. Johnston co-authored Madrasa Enhancement and Global Security: A Model for Faith-Based Engagement, an account of Johnston’s groundbreaking work to help broaden the curriculum and the educational strengths of Islamic schools in the Muslim world.

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Symposium at the UN Calls for Families to Make a Commitment to Peace

May 18, 2009

New York, USA - UPF organized over 60 celebrations of the UN Day of Families in 34 nations, building on the theme “Creating a World of Peace, One Family at a Time.” The final event, at the UN Headquarters in New York, marked the conclusion of the UPF Global Peace Tour 2009. | Click here for the audio recordings of the speeches and photos| French, 中文

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Day of Families Celebration in Washington DC Hosted by the Bahrain Embassy

May 15, 2009

Washington, DC, USA - Combine the warm and cozy feeling of a family reunion and the cultural splendor of the beautifully exotic nation of the Kingdom of Bahrain and you will arrive at the unique experience had by all who attended the International Day of Families Celebration, Friday, May 15 at the Bahrain Embassy in Washington, DC.

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Virginia Ambassadors for Peace Recruit Sponsors for Nepali Orphans

April 29, 2009

Virginia, United States - Through Global Orphan Outreach, Families for Children, Ambassadors for Peace in Virginia launched in 2008 a sponsorship program for orphans in Nepal.

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Commentary: Moving on from the Americas Summit

April 20, 2009

New York, United States - Despite the failure to reach a unified statement, the recently concluded Americas Summit in Trinidad and Tobago is certainly a step in the right direction. But there is much work to do.

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A Muslim Perspective in America

April 16, 2009

Virgina, United States - The Ambassadors for Peace Association of Virgina’s forum on April 16, 2009 provided a platform for the “moderate” voice of American Muslims.

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A Million Blooms of Interfaith Service and Kindness

March 26, 2009

Washington, DC, USA - The Million Acts of Service and Kindness campaign is springing into the new year with efforts all around the United States. In keeping with the spring season, the current theme is "A Million Blooms." The campaign began at the Global Peace Festival in August 2008 and will continue throughout 2009 in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation. It has an interfaith and youth focus and is striving for sustainable service that produces positive social change. Youth of all faiths are invited to lead and to participate.

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Women's Day in Washington, DC, Promotes a Culture of Peace

March 12, 2009

Washington, DC, USA - "Women as Peacemakers - Building a Culture of Peace" was the vision of the 5th Annual International Women's Day commemoration on Capitol Hill, March 12. The banquet room overflowed with a diverse assembly of women and men, many colorfully garbed in their country's traditional dress, all with the hope of learning about and contributing to the work of global peace building.

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Parallel Event of the 53rd Commission on the Status of Women

March 12, 2009

New York, USA - H.E. Hamid Al Bayati, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Iraq to the UN addressed a Women for Peace gathering in New York City on March 12, 2009, in conjunction with the 53rd Session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women.

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