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July 2019
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Speeches

Nepal is crying out for leadership with vision, governance, with sensitivity, an environment free of violence and instability. It also needs a minimum of trust between various groups who were until recently fighting each other—principally the Army and the Maoists—but who now simply have to work together in order to create a new Nepal. The UPF must lead international efforts to create that kind of conducive environment through new peace initiatives. The road map must naturally be a combination of idealism and realism.

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I am confident that this convocation in Korea on marriage and family will inspire us all to work tirelessly so that the balance of this 21st Century will be characterized by wholesome marriages, loving families, and therefore peace.

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The way to rise above the pursuit of self-interest is to recognize our common humanity, given to us by our Creator. Just as a parent can intercede in the disputes of the children, it is the parental heart originating from the Creator which helps us resolve the differences that exist between the world’s nations, cultures, and religions.

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Nepal is in the midst of a historic transition of great significance. After the major political parties including the Maoists agreed to sign a Comprehensive Peace Agreement to end a decade-long insurgency and re-establish democracy in the country in 2006, the country has come a long way in its most crucial political transformation in its history.

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Can religion and religious leaders contribute to disarmament? You have all heard the quote, “Nations shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” It can be found in one of the oldest religious books.

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It is often assumed that women’s participation is centered on women participating in decision making around ‘issues of gender equality’ only. Furthermore, and aside from the obvious fact that attaining gender equality is not and should not be the sole responsibility of women, this assumption ignores one of the primary driving forces for women who advocated for a Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace and Security. That is, women have a vital and a significant role and a right to participate in decision making on all matters of peace and security. That includes women taking a stand and having a say on disarmament and ending militarization. That includes women standing up and having their voices heard to end military coups.

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President Barack Hussein Obama's message Friday marking the beginning of Ramadan was the best we have ever heard from a Christian president. He expressed respect for the Muslim community's values, contributions and the seriousness of his commitment to a new beginning between America and 1.5 billion Muslims around the world.

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Excerpts of address in Seville, Spain, during the Peace Cup competition, August 1, 2009

Let us all offer applause in gratitude to God, our Heavenly Father who governs all life and death, fortune, and misfortune of all creation for giving us these beautiful and dazzling seasons and days. During this season, vibrant with life, God is blessing us to blossom beautifully like flowers and to live lives that are as bright as the sun and as clear as the waters of a stream.

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Your accomplishments for the sake of the Sikkimese people, especially the up-liftment of the poor, downtrodden, and marginalized, are truly remarkable. I am confident that you will achieve your aspiration for the people of Sikkim to be poverty-free and 100 percent literate.

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I am proud to be associated with this world initiative to advance the cause of peace and greater peace in this country, South Asia and the world.

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Let us always be aware that we are the fountain of life. This paradigm shift will change society and together with the scientific paradigm shift that peace is natural for both man and woman we will create the culture of peace and heart.

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"Days should speak and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
The understanding of the elder becomes unwavering with age." - Job 32:7

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