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International Leadership Conference Schedule

Seoul, Korea - An International Leadership Conference on the theme "Beyond the Challenges of Our Time: Transforming the Society, Nation and World" brought participants from 50 nations to Korea Feb. 28 - Mar. 4, 2015.

For an executive summary of the proceedings, click here.

Schedule
February 28, 2014

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Opening Banquet

Emcee: Mrs. Eugenia Kagawa, Executive Office, UPF International
Invocation: Rev. Dr. Johaness Mazibuko, Alliance Church of Swaziland
Welcome Address: Dr. Byung Ho Son, Chairman of UPF Korea

Opening Remarks: Hon. Yoshinori Ohno, Former Defense Minister of Japan

Report of UPF's Work in Nigeria: Mrs. Kathy Rigney, Chair of UPF Africa
Presented by Mr. Adama Doumbia, Regional Secretary General of UPF Africa

Orientation: Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, President of UPF International

March 1

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SESSION I: BEYOND THE CHALLENGES OF OUR TIME: TRANSFORMING THE SOCIETY, NATION AND WORLD

This session featured a keynote address on behalf of UPF’s Co-Founder, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, along with remarks from other high level participants, each focusing on the issues and challenges that we face as a global community, and offering recommendations for the ways in which we can build a better world, transforming our families, societies, nations and the world.

Moderator: Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, President of UPF International

Welcome: Dr. Charles S. Yang, Chairman of UPF International

Founder's Address: delivered by Dr. Sun Jin Moon, Director General, Family Federation for World Peace and Unification International

Speakers
Dr. Vladimir Petrovskiy, Senior Advisor of UPF Russia
Hon. Dr. Myrna Madelo Romarate, National President, Provincial Board Member League of the Philippines
Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, Chair of UPF Nepal

 

SESSION II: THE FOUNDERS' VISION: PRINCIPLES OF PEACE

This session offered an introduction into the core values, principles and teachings of UPF’s Founders, Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon. The primary presenter summarized the spiritual and moral vision of UPF’s Founders and the commentators offered their reflections and insights concerning the value and relevance of the vision.

Moderator: Mrs. Tomiko Duggan, Director, Public Affairs, UPF International

Speaker: Mr. Jacques Marion, President of UPF France

Commentators 
Prof. Masahisa Hayashi, Professor Emeritus, Waseda University, Japan 
Mr. Naokimi Ushiroda, President, CARP (Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles) USA
Dr. Michael Balcomb, President, Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, USA

 

SESSION III: OVERCOMING THE CHALLENGES FACING THE FAMILY

The natural family is the foundation of all societies and civilizations. At this time in history, however, the family is facing significant challenges and, as a result, our societies and nations are increasingly challenged by a wide range of consequences that derive from family breakdown, including increased promiscuity, crime, poverty, mental health challenges, poor performance in schools, and failures to understand and practice good citizenship. UPF is dedicated to strengthening marriage and family and speakers in this session discussed the significance and value of UPF’s vision.

Moderator: Mrs. Eugenia Kagawa, Executive Office of UPF International

Speaker: Mr. Ricardo de Sena, President of UPF USA

Commentators
Mr. Joseph M. Champagne, Former Mayor of South Toms River, New Jersey, USA
Mr. Kazu Matsui, Former Chairman, Saitama Prefectural Board of Educational, Japan

 

SESSION IV: INTERACTIVE SESSION ON FAMILY

During the first hour of this session, small breakout groups discussed the significance of the family and the ways in which to address and overcome contemporary threats and challenges to the family. Following the small group discussions a rapporteur from each group reported on the major points made during the group discussion.

March 2

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SESSION V: OVERCOMING THE CHALLENGES FACING RELIGIONS AND GOVERNMENTS

The 21st Century has given rise to a wide range of dynamics related to international relations, the balance of power, sustainable development and peace. These shifting patterns present challenges for governments. In addition, the 21st century has witnessed a global resurgence of religion as a significant factor in world affairs; not simply in the form of extremism or fundamentalism, but also in the growth of interreligious dialogue and the recognition that religion is a force for peace and human development. This session, featuring speakers from both government and religion, addressed these topics.

Moderator: Dr. Tageldin Hamad, Secretary General, UPF International

Speaker: Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, President, UPF International

Commentators
Hon. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges, Former President of Parliament, Luxembourg
Prof. Quan Yi Zhang, Zhejiang Wanli University in China
Prof. Jaap Willem de Zwaan, Erasmus University, Netherlands
Rev. Shuei Kobayashi, Chief Priest, Chairman, Jyuzenji Buddhist Temple, Japan
Dr. Lek Thaveetermsakul, Vice Chair of UPF Asia

 

SESSION VI: INTERACTIVE SESSION ON RELIGIONS AND GOVERNMENT

During the first hour of this session, breakout groups discussed the challenges facing both religions and governments, and the ways in which to address and overcome contemporary threats and challenges to the stability of the nation and the integrity of religion. Following the small group discussions a rapporteur from each group reported on the major points made.

 

SESSION VII: ONE FAMILY UNDER GOD: THE BLESSING VISION

At the heart of the lifelong work of Father and Mother Moon is the ideal of the Blessing of Marriage and Family. On March 3 we have the opportunity to witness the Blessing of Marriage. Since 1960, this tradition has been practiced all over the world, involving millions of couples and families, and promoting the ideal of true love, healthy marriages, good parenting, filial piety, and service to others. Speakers shared first-hand experience with the Blessing ideal.

Moderator: Mr. Tuo Huan Chen, Secretary General of UPF-Chinese Region

Speakers
Mrs. Eugenia Kagawa, Executive Office, UPF International
Dr. Tageldin Hamad, Secretary General of UPF International
Mr. Ricardo de Sena, President, UPF USA

 

SESSION VIII: SPECIAL PLENARY: THE WASHINGTON TIMES AND SEGYE ILBO

March 3

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COMMEMORATIVE "FOUNDATION DAY" CELEBRATION AND BLESSING PROGRAM

 

CELEBRATION LUNCHEON

 

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