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Peace Education

Martin Luther King III Addresses Leadership Conference in New York

Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., appealed to more 400 leaders of the Universal Peace Federation gathered in New York City to make a new commitment to fulfilling the dream of peace.

"History will judge our generation," King said, recalling the words of his father, "not by whether we did what was popular or safe, but whether we did what is right." King said that the tools of faith and non-violent action, so successful in his father's civil rights campaign, could also prove effective in reaching the UN Millennium Development Goals, which are aimed at solving the urgent problems facing the world's children, including hunger, disease and the need for education for all.

"As my father often said, the question is not whether we have the technology or the ability, but whether we have the will and the heart," King said. "I believe we can do most anything with faith."

King was joined by other experts in the field of service. Mr. Paula Sototu, the director of Habitat for Humanity in Fiji and a long-time senior Fijian diplomat, said that it was not enough for the wealthy and developed nations to simply offer foreign aid as a 'hand-down" to poorer nations. "It is important to form partnerships with equal dignity for all parties," he said.

Rev. Mark Farr, director of Faith and Service at the Points of Light Foundation, founded by former President George H.W. Bush, challenged the audience to think of the Millennium Development Goals as a spiritual problem, not simply a humanitarian matter. "We in the West are used to think of our work as helping those in the need solve their problems," he said. "But in fact the problem starts here at home. It is our moral failure that has created the need for the MDGs. It is not just the task of some government agency, but it is our task. We are the solution."

Rev. Moon addressed the UPF General Assembly on the topic of "The United States and the Future Direction of the United Nations and the World." More than 1200 people represented the member nations of the UN. Letters of support from Heads of State from many nations were read, as well as messages of support from local political leaders including Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and from religious leaders, NGO directors and others.

Speech - Martin Luther King III - Addresses UPF Assembly 2007
Speech - Dr. N.P. Jain - Vision and Leadership
Speech - Rev. Dr. Chung Hwan Kwak - Providing Vision and Leadership at a Time of Global Crisis

 

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