1st Think Tank 2022 Forum Series –Religious Freedom and the Reunification of Korea

The first Think Tank 2022 forum series, “Religious Freedom and the Reunification of Korea” was held on October 16, 2021.

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UPF-Ireland's “Peace Road” Gives Hope for Healing

Representatives and Peace Ambassadors from UPF-Ireland and UPF-UK joined in a UPF “Peace Road” event.

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3rd Annual Celebration of The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards

The third annual celebration of The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards was held September 28, 2021.

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Netherlands Observes International Day of Peace

The commemoration included a “Peace Road” walk to the Dutch Holocaust Memorial of Names.

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Interfaith Peace Festival Held in Birmingham, UK

Seven faith traditions were represented at a mini-Peace Festival organized by UPF.

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International Day of Peace Observed in Korea

A wreath-laying ceremony was held at the Korean War Memorial of the U.S. Army in commemoration of the UN International Day of Peace.

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UPF-EUME Webinar Envisions "Peace Road" as a Highway to a New Civilization

EUME-2021-12-10-Webinar Explores Highway to a New Civilization

Europe and the Middle East—A UPF webinar probed an international highway’s potential to contribute to world peace.

The online conference, held on December 10, 2021, by the Europe and the Middle East branch of UPF’s International Association of Academicians for Peace (IAAP), was titled "International Highway Project with a Vision of Creating a New Civilization."

The International Peace Highway project was advocated as far back as in 1981 by the founders of UPF, the renowned faith leaders Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, at the 10th International Conference for the Unity of Sciences in Seoul, South Korea.

In the past 40 years, the highway project has been pursued in Japan by the International Highway Foundation (IHF), mainly focusing on its important component of a Japan-Korea Undersea Tunnel. Hirofumi Sato, the foundation's long-time devotee and now its chairman, gave philosophical and civilizational perspectives on the project.

He reminded the mainly European audience of the Roman roads as one of the crucial components of the two centuries of Pax Romana (“Roman Peace”) across the western part of Europe and the Mediterranean Sea. Mr. Sato said that a high-standard worldwide network of road infrastructures, linking virtually all corners of the world as one global village, would become like arteries of humankind forming a global family. 

The International Highway Foundation has achieved comprehensive maritime and geological surveys along the possible undersea tunnel routes, Mr. Sato said. An IHF-produced video showed the experimental digging of an inclined shaft of about 500 meters at the city of Karatsu in Japan’s Saga Prefecture.

Mr. Sato explained that South Korea's political and economic interests in the tunnel also have increased, especially after the new mayor of Busan, the southmost city of South Korea—thus a possible linking point of the tunnel—won his recent election with the tunnel construction as one of his election platforms.

In this 40th year since the original proposal for an International Peace Highway, two global transportation infrastructure schemes have been proposed: by the rich and democratic Group of Seven nations (G7) in June called Build Back Better World, as well as by the European Union on December 1, called Global Gateway. Both G7 and EU stated clearly that their plans were counterproposals to China's One Belt One Road Initiative undertaken since 2013 with one trillion dollars earmarked.

The fundamental problem of our society, Mr. Sato claimed, is that "Although communism and capitalism may have reformed social systems, they cannot improve human morality." A new civilizational philosophy needs to be composed not only by economics and politics but also by thoughts and religion, he said. "That philosophy may be summarized in interdependence, mutual prosperity and universal values," he said.

In response to Mr. Sato's hour-long presentation, Heiner W. Handschin, coordinator for Europe and the Middle East of UPF’s Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD), reiterated the critical importance of a faith-based approach to influence world affairs in the 21st century, "because this way, a more unified and global vision without special interests could be realized," he said, referring to a remark by a famous faith leader, who stated that "to be religious in the 21st century means to be interreligious!”

To see a recording of the webinar, click here.

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UPF-IMAP: “Backchannel Diplomacy" in Peacebuilding: The Case of Korea

United States—On December 28, 2021, UPF-IMAP hosted an online meeting on the theme “Backchannel Diplomacy Approaches to Korean Unification, Telling the Rest of the Story.”

UPF-Russia Celebrates Centenary of French Writer

Moscow, Russia—An IAACP webinar was held on the 100th anniversary of the birth of French writer Anne Golon.

UPF-Ghana: End-of-Year Assembly and Awards Program

Ghana—On December 21, 2021, UPF-Ghana held a two-in-one event: End of year Assembly and Ambassadors for Peace Award Night.