Israelis Unite through Interfaith Study

UPF and the Jerusalem Interfaith Forum held an interfaith study to celebrate the holidays of three major religions.

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UPF-South Asia Hosts First "Peace Talks" Webinar

UPF-South Asia held its first regional “Peace Talks” webinar on the future of South Asia in a post-coronavirus world.

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UPF-Argentina Commemorates UN International Day of Families via Zoom

UPF-Argentina recognized six couples who have been married for 31–49 years in the context of the International Day of Families 2020.

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UPF “Peace Talks” Extend Their Reach to Bangladesh

UPF-Bangladesh’s “Peace Talks” webinar was on the theme “A Circle of Light: Moving Through and Beyond the Coronavirus Crisis.”

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UPF-Congo Hosts Seminar, Appoints New Ambassador for Peace

From June 27 to 28, 2020, UPF-Congo’s Ambassadors for Peace participated in a two-day seminar having the theme “A Heavenly Congo in a Heavenly Africa.”

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UPF “Peace Talks” Webinar Looks at Post-Covid Economic Outlook for the Americas

Experts from the Americas—North, South and the Caribbean—discuss the economic challenges brought by the pandemic.

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European Ambassadors for Peace Commit to Collective Action

Co-sponsored by the Mission of Burundi to the United Nations in Geneva and the Independent Bureau for Humanitarian Issues, the Universal Peace Federation held a conference on November 1 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The event was a regional follow-up to a civil society convention that paralleled the September 2005 World Summit in New York.

Participants committed themselves to:

  • collaborate in the identification and amelioration of the root causes of conflicts and the violation of human rights,
  • promote understanding of the nexus between human dignity, rights and responsibilities and humanitarian problems
  • strengthen existing United Nations structures and programs through preventive actions
  • support and promote inter-religious dialogue and cooperation for peace.

Participants noted that the 2005 World Summit in New York resulted in agreements to take action on a range of global challenges but lacked commitment to concrete actions that could accomplish the “radical changes” called for by the UN Secretary-General months earlier.

Expressing concern that world leaders continue to advocate for coexistence rather than unity of nations, a number of speakers called for the nations to focus on peace-building capacities and objectives rather than military ones.

Several encouraging practices were noted. The new President of the Republic of Burundi, H.E. Hon. Pierre Nkurunziza, underscored the role of interreligious support for his nation's first democratic election. Dr. Bineta Diop described efforts to promote women’s rights through their participation in issues of peace and security. Women are the victims of conflict, she said, and they are significant but under-utilized contributors to peace.

The vision and plan of action of the Universal Peace Federation’s alliance of individuals and NGOs was presented an example of the civil society support needed by the proposed UN Peacebuilding Commission.

This event was inspired in part by the global peace tour of UPF founder Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon. The Tribune de Geneve described his visit as "most significant" and referred to him as the “Peace Messiah.”

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UPF Supports the Philippines’ Comprehensive Character Education Initiative

Manila, Philippines—UPF-Philippines has issued a joint statement in support of a character education initiative that was recently signed into law in the country.

Czech Peace Embassy Holds Interfaith Breakfast

Prague, Czech Republic—Eight people from different religious traditions attended an interfaith breakfast meeting at the UPF Peace Embassy.

Webinar Explores Stephen Hawking’s Legacy

Düsseldorf, Germany—The speaker dealt with questions such as “What was God doing before He created the world?”