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Speeches

For over 2,000 years this plea has been on the books and has been issued millions of times from pulpits the world over to many millions of faithful parishioners, many of whom have become the perpetrators of war, the starters of war, the losers of war, and — dare I say it — the winners of wars for there are those who profess that in war there are no winners.

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Hon. Raila Odinga, Prime Minister, Kenya: Address to International Leadership Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, August 29-31, 2008

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Hon. Jose de Venecia, Jr., Chairman, CDI-Asia Pacific Address to the Global Peace Festival Cagayan De Oro City, Mindanao, Philippines September 21, 2008

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Speech delivered by Hon. Song Yeong Sun, Member, Korean National Assembly at the International Leadership Conference and Global Peace Festival, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, September 9, 2008

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Dr. Hyun Jin Moon, Co-Chairman, Universal Peace Federation keynote address at the Global Peace Festival Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, September 9, 2008


During my many years of involvement in political and diplomatic affairs, I was constantly reminded that the economic, social, political problems that we are addressing are the results of much deeper and more internal needs. If those aspects are not understood or dealt with, the solutions that we propose will not reach their desired goal. Conflicts do not end when peace treaties are signed. It is only when each individuals and communities feels safe, appreciated and “at inner peace.”

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As H.E. Ambassador Makarim Wibisono has correctly stated: "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has largely been drafted by experts of religion." Religion has always played a central role in the protection of human rights and especially in the promotion of human dignity.

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In the Christian churches, when the theme of peace in the world is addressed, the tendency is to deal only with the question of how to apply the work of Christ to the people’s present lives. Although the Bible shows that God’s work extends to the whole of humanity, peace tends to be limited to a few privileged countries on a few continents.

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I am proud to address on behalf of the Sikhs the distinguished religious leaders and guests at this esteemed forum. This is the place which always feels the pulse of the world and is keeping an eye on its developments. It also notices when justice is done or injustice is done, and similarly, when human rights and values are respected or violated.

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Gathered together today in the bosom of the United Nations, we young people belonging to different religions are happy to testify to our enthusiasm and our ambition to work, at our pace and according to our capacities, for interreligious dialogue and for peace.

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We are gathered here today to promote interreligious dialogue, in order to avoid the scourge of war due to religious conflicts in the years to come, which has in the past brought sorrow to mankind.

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We young Muslim people stand with you today, in order to improve and strengthen the interreligious cooperation in the world and thus walk together toward peace. 

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