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Online Rally of Hope
Sunday 09 August 2020

rally of hope

UPF will be supporting the “Rally of Hope,” a virtual summit, on August 9, 2020 on “The Firm Establishment of a Heavenly Unified World: Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values.” 

The Structure:

There will be three parts to the 90-minute program: i) Heads of State and Government, First Ladies and religious leaders from all continents will offer short inspirational messages, ii) this will be followed by must-see entertainment that will leave you wanting more, and iii) the conclusion will be a heartfelt message of hope from Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, affectionately called the Mother of Peace. Organizers are planning for up to one million viewers.

This Rally will not only stretch minds and expand hearts, it will challenge the limits of digital technology. Using “Augmented Reality” (AR) which has been described as “beyond live,” the Rally of Hope will harness the latest technology of multi-dimensional digital imaging. AR technology has been used by world-class entertainers and for sports events especially during the Covid-19 lockdowns. Everyone will have a front row seat. 

The Purpose:

Mother Moon is serious about building a world of peace—in her lifetime! She is 77 years old. Through this Rally of Hope, she is creating a global platform for international dignitaries to speak from. The aim is to amplify their collective voices in hope that more people, especially other world leaders, will listen. These dignitaries have decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge. Speaking together will be more powerful. 

For example, on July 9th UPF held its first International Summit Council for Peace “Virtual Summit” in the Asia Pacific region. (ISCP is a project of UPF.) This program was in preparation for the Rally of Hope. Attending the Summit were 13 Heads of State and Government (current and former) and five First Ladies. They came from 10 different nations and had diverse political, religious and ethnic backgrounds. They used different words, but they spoke with one voice. They yearned for peace.

One leader spoke of sending an “SOS around the world,” another called for a “global consciousness” of peace and goodwill, and several warned of the vulnerability and fragility of peace. Many pointed out that we must now learn from the Covid-19 pandemic to overcome differences and work together for the sake of our collective future. 

One First Lady noted that women have been hardest hit by the pandemic as they care for their families during quarantine, serve as healthcare providers and hold leadership roles in society. Therefore, she concluded, women must also be the backbone of recovery efforts. This Virtual Summit had +938k viewers via Zoom (9,001 registered participants), Facebook, YouTube, replays from 106 nations, in addition to satellite wat. Similar regional Summits have been held in Africa, Europe, North and South America as well as in Japan and Korea.

In Africa at a recently held Summit, one President appreciated the non-political nature of the UPF platform. He reasoned, if Heads of State attend political events at either the regional or international venues, i.e. the Africa Union, EU, ASEAN or the United Nations, then they inevitably have to be political. They are almost forced to defend and promote national interests on these stages. However, at the UPF Summits because it is an apolitical NGO, they are freer to address common social issues and reach out to build bridges of mutual concern on issues like climate change, family breakdown, terrorism, social and economic inequality, racism, etc.

The Expected Outcome:

The Rally of Hope is the building block for expanding UPF’s International Summit Council for Peace. This will also support in developing UPF’s worldwide networks. Throughout the remaining months of this year, UPF will organize major events for each of its five other primary associations: 

  • International Media Association for Peace (IMAP)
  • International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP)
  • Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD)
  • International Association for Economic Development (IAED)
  • International Association of Academicians for Peace (IAAD)

UPF is providing a beacon of hope in this divided, struggling world. It will continue to do so.

Watch for further details.

Aug 9 rally