Summit of Parliamentarians Held at the United Nations

UPF Vice President Dr. Tageldin Hamad chaired a high-level roundtable at the United Nations during a Summit of Parliamentarians.

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Youth and Students for Peace Launched in DR Congo

UPF-Congo combined its launch of YSP with an International Youth Day commemoration, drawing over 1,200 participants.

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Munich ‘Peace Road’ Visits Houses of Worship

UPF-Munich organized a “Peace Road” bicycle tour to Muslim, Christian and Jewish houses of worship.

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Parliamentarians and Faith Leaders Address Challenges of Our Time

The 32nd International Leadership Conference organized by UPF brought together more than 300 leaders from over 80 nations.

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Latin America Summit Includes Founder’s Address and Peace Rally

The first Latin America Summit concluded with a speech by the UPF co-founder and the signing of the São Paulo Declaration of Peace.

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Latin America Summit 2018 Day One and Two

Participants at the opening banquet of the first Latin America Summit praised the evening’s spirit of fraternity and friendship.
The second day of the Summit featured prominent speakers from throughout the region.

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Peace Road USA Hits the Road in Elizabeth, NJ

Elizabeth, New Jersey—On May 20, Elizabeth became the first U.S. location to hold Peace Road 2018. In partnership with the organization Groundwork Elizabeth and the City of Elizabeth, it was held in conjunction with the city’s annual Tour de Elizabeth bicycle event. It attracted more than 500 bicyclists from around Union County and even neighboring towns and counties.

The bike route was divided into two. The first route covered the western part of the town commencing from the City Hall, while the second route was directed towards the Elizabethport area and the Elizabeth River Trail on the eastern part of the town. They both arrived at the very same spot where everyone started.

Registration started around 7:30 AM, and the tour officially begun at 9 AM. Bikers as young as seven and as old as seventy from different levels of experience came together to celebrate Bike Month and to promote peace and tourism in the city. Elizabeth City Mayor Chris Bollwage, the main organizer, greeted everyone with so much enthusiasm despite the gloomy weather as this year marks the 15th year of Tour de Elizabeth. Bicycles in various shapes and sizes flooded the streets of Elizabeth; even a young mono cyclist participated in the tour. Ten Peace Road bikers made it through the first phase (around 7 miles) in an hour because of several inclined roads. After a short break, the team trekked the second route (around 8 miles), completing the whole 15-mile bike tour.

Jonathan Phillips, the executive director of Groundworks Elizabeth along with bike marshals and local police, guided riders along the path and made sure that everyone was safe. Finishers, filled with pride and a sense of accomplishment, were greeted with big cheers and congratulations.

After the tour, there was a raffle drawing with a grand prize of a brand-new bicycle and helmet. More prizes were raffled off, courtesy of different sponsors and booth exhibitors. Each participant was also provided with a t-shirt, hat and goody bag full of gifts and informative material, including a Peace Road postcard.

Emiljun Rapada, the Peace Road USA 2018 national coordinator, thanked all the participants and encouraged them to join other scheduled locations in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Manhattan, New York, in June and July respectively. UPF’s Peace Road project is an outgrowth of the vision of UPF Founder Sun Myung Moon for an international highway connecting all continents. It began in the United States in 2015 and has expanded to become a series of international annual events. For more information and latest updates, check the Peace Road website (www.peaceroadusa.org).

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International Day of Peace Observed in Italian Senate

Rome, Italy—The beautiful and historic Sala Zuccari was the setting of a UPF celebration of the 2018 UN International Day of Peace.

IAPD Is Inaugurated in Ukraine

Kviv, Ukraine—The Ukrainian chapter of Interreligious Association for Peace and Development was inaugurated during a UPF conference.

Reconsidering Reagan and the Cold War

Bratislava, Slovakia—The U.S. president’s role in the abolishment of Soviet communism was discussed in a program held by UPF.