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Speeches

Keynote Address given by Dr. Hyun Jin Moon at the Global Peace Festival in London, United Kingdom, November 22, 2008

Honored guests from around the world, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the Global Peace Festival in Europe, celebrated here today in beautiful London, England! It is a privilege to be here at this exciting time when we all have new hope for peace. Over the past two to three weeks, the eyes of the world have been focused on the results and aftermath of the presidential elections in the United States, hoping to witness the beginning of a new era and new policies that can bring about peace and prosperity for all people.

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As a chairman of the European Union Task Force for Intercultural Dialogue, I have been working very closely with the 27 countries of the European Union during the past three to four years. I can confirm that the European Union has achieved three major things in the past three to four years.

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I think my real hope is that the dialogue now will not only be interfaith but multidisciplinary. I’ve been very concerned that we don’t just have religious leaders talking about peace, which I guess most of them are in favor of, but that we actually engage with people who have to make practical decisions.

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Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, conflicts are no longer on ideological grounds but are basically — or supposedly — about religious differences. Therefore, if we want to bring peace to this world in our time, religious harmony is crucial. We must understand that all religions are different expressions of the same human desire to attain the absolute.

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Address to the Global Peace Festival, Tokyo, Japan by Hon. Jose de Venecia, Jr., Chairman, CDI-Asia Pacific

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Keynote Address given by Dr Hyun Jin Moon, Chairman, Global Peace Festival at the Global Peace Festival in Tokyo, Japan, November 15, 2008

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When the Global Peace Festival was supported by eight ministries of the government and other agencies, it opened the eyes of many people. I feel that with the support of the government we can accomplish a lot in what we do next. We had 2,500 young people coming for community service at one time, and they are asking, what next? Where are we going to have our next project? When will it be? This means that we have created interest in peace-building in many levels of society.

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Address at the Global Peace Festival, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 19, 2008
It is a great honor and pleasure to be with you today to celebrate a vision of everlasting peace. Your being here this evening in such numbers is a clear sign that the Global Peace Festival is indeed bringing a new breath of hope to a world yearning for an end to the cycle of war, conflict and poverty!

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We know that the world is divided into people of different faiths, but basically the faith of all these religions is the same. Religions preach and promote peace and brotherhood. There is no religion which says that you should go forth and kill those who are not of your own faith. I’ve studied the Qur’an and I couldn’t find any verse which directs Muslims to kill non-Muslims. In fact, we are told to live at peace with peoples of other religions. Surah Al-Kahfirul refers to the different religions professed by different people, and says that you have to accept them—"to them their religion, to you your religion." It doesn’t say “to them their religion, and therefore you should fight them.”

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Excerpts of keynote address at the Global Peace Festival, Ottawa, Canada, October 4, 2008

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Poem by Heyam Qirbi, Mothers for Peace, read at the Canadian Leadership Conference in Ottawa, Canada, October 2-5, 2008

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Civilian Peace Service Canada (CPSC) began in February 2005, following an International Civilian Peace Service Consultation at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. Since then, our CPSC Committee has moved forward informed by the experience of our European friends and colleagues, supported by the ongoing work of Canadian peace, human rights, and development NGOs, along with our own particular views and undertakings.

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