World Summit 2019 Inaugurates the International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP)

Current and former heads of state and government, and leaders from around the world, assembled in Seoul, Korea and shared their wisdom and experiences.

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World Summit 2019: Sunhak Peace Prize Award Ceremony

On February 9, 2019, over 1,000 guests and leaders from around the globe, including current and former heads of state, gathered in Seoul, Korea, to honor the recipients of the third Sunhak Peace Prize.

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World Summit 2019 discusses Korean Reunification

World Summit 2019 continued the second day with an international conference on peace in the Korean Peninsula and closed with an event celebrating the Founders of UPF.

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World Interfaith Harmony Week Observed at UN in Vienna

UPF-Austria organized a conference on the theme of “Migration and Interreligious Understanding in the Age of Globalization.”

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UPF Celebrates Hungarian-South Korean Ties

Hungary’s 30 years of diplomatic relations with South Korea were celebrated at a UPF event.

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Youth Celebrate Interfaith Week in Moscow

Contestants of the 2019 Mister and Miss University beauty pageant learned about a variety of faith traditions during World Interfaith Harmony Week.

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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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World Interfaith Harmony Week Observed in Peru

Lima, Peru—UPF-Peru organized a prayer breakfast for members of the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD) to celebrate UN World Interfaith Harmony Week.

World Summit 2019: Sunhak Peace Prize Award Ceremony

Seoul, Korea—On February 9, the recipients of the third Sunhak Peace Prize were honored at a ceremony attended by over 1,000 guests and leaders from around the globe, including current and former heads of state.

World Interfaith Harmony Week Observed in Norway

Oslo, Norway—UPF held its annual World Interfaith Harmony Week event in partnership with the largest mosque in Oslo.