UPF-India Commemorates International Day of Peace with Online Campaign

UPF-India commemorated the UN International Day of Peace and International Day of Nonviolence with a 12-day online campaign in which more than 5,000 people took part.

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UPF Supports Sudanese Peace Initiative and Juba Peace Agreement

The Juba Peace Agreement, an historic peace initiative between Sudan’s transitional government and several rebel groups, was signed on October 3, 2020, aimed at ending years of war in which hundreds of thousands have died.

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‘Peace Road’ Event Held on World Walking Day

UPF and affiliated organizations staged a Peace Road event on World Walking Day.

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Coalition of Faith-Based Organizations Webinar Looks at Organized Crime on an International Level: Part Two

The afternoon session of the webinar organized by the Coalition of Faith-Based Organizations on combatting organized crime and corruption had 100 attendees from 31 countries.

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Founder’s Centenary and UPF Anniversary Celebrated in Hungary

One hundred participants commemorated the centenary of the UPF founder and the 15th anniversary of the founding of UPF.

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UPF Co-Hosts Interfaith Program on United Nations Day

Speakers from many faith backgrounds joined a UPF commemoration of United Nations Day.

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Peace Tour Inaugurates UPF in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - Former Prime Minister Tursunbek Chyngyshev presided at the inauguration of the Universal Peace Federation in Kyrgyzstan, which was held on the Presidential Grounds. Participants included high-level officials from religion, government, civil society, the arts, business, and academia. Among the prominent guests were the President of the National Academy of Science, Mr. Djeenbaev, the Mayor of Bishkek, A. Nogoev, the Minister of Health, and a number of other cabinet-level ministers.

The Grand Mufti of Kyrgyzstan, Djumanov Muratali, offered the invocation. It being the month of Ramadan, the event was held at 4:00 PM, in order to conclude by sundown and the time to break the fast, 6:34 PM.

Nest, former Prime Minister Chyngyshev introduced Dr. Sun Myung Moon as a true champion of peace, a friend of Kyrgyzstan and the world. He urged all the gathered delegates to give their full attention to Father Moon’s peace message.

At the outset, Father Moon indicated he would read his speech pretty much straightforwardly. However, as he moved through the speech, he offered much elaboration and commentary on several points, particularly on the weaknesses of dialectical materialism, atheism, and lack of spiritual awareness. At times he gently scolded the audience, urging them to appreciate the seriousness of the time we are living in.

The event included an invitation for couples to join in a world peace blessing toast of marriage rededication.

At the close of his speech, Mother Moon joined her husband, and traditional robes and hats were presented to them by several delegates.

On the morning of his departure, Father and Mother Moon met with 120 local volunteers and spoke to them until his departure. He encouraged those gathered, who were mostly young university students, to study many languages, including Korean and English. “Young people should learn as many languages as possible,” he said. “In order to unify the nations of the world, and the religions, language plays a key role.”

He also stressed the value of not only cross-cultural exchanges but also cross-cultural marriages. "The entire world should be one family under one heavenly parent, centered on true love. Marriages between people of enemy nations is the key," he said, explaining that it be emphasized when children are young so as they grow up they accept it as part of their tradition and culture.

To read the inaugural peace message, click here.
To download a report booklet of the UPF Founders' 2005 World Peace Tour, click here.

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UPF Central America Convenes Webinar on Leadership

Central America—On October 31, 2020, UPF-Central America and the Caribbean held a special Peace Talks webinar titled “The Role of Leaders in Promoting Interdependence, Mutual Cooperation, and Universal Values.”

UPF Ambassador for Peace Named Rotary Leader

Vladivostok, Russia—UPF took part in a meeting in which an Ambassador for Peace was appointed governor of the Russian Rotary Club.

‘Peace Road’ Event Held on World Walking Day

Pristina, Kosovo—UPF and affiliated organizations staged a Peace Road event on World Walking Day.