World Summit 2022: Executive Summary and Plenary Reports

World Summit 2022 was held February 10-14, 2022, with global leaders calling for an end to the Cold War’s last remaining vestige—the divided Korean peninsula.

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5th Sunhak Peace Prize Award Ceremony

The 5th Sunhak Peace Prize award ceremony, held on February 12, 2022, focused on the “response to the global pandemic.”

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World Summit 2022: Seoul Resolution

The Seoul Resolution of the World Summit 2022.

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UPF-Peru Commemorates UN International Women's Day 2022

On March 4, 2022, UPF-Peru and Red MUALIC celebrated UN International Women’s Day 2022.

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UPF-Portugal Joins with UPF-Angola for Think Tank 2022 Program

UPF-Portugal participated in a Think Tank 2022 event held in Angola.

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4th Think Tank 2022 Forum Features Former U.S. Secretary of Defense

Hon. Mark Esper stated, “We must stand together, we must stand up for one another, and we must assist those who are not yet strong enough to resist the autocratic actions of others.”

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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-Russia Supports Electronics Recycling Drive

Lyubertsy, Russia—UPF volunteers supported the collection of used electronics and household appliances for recycling.

UPF-France Holds Assembly for Ambassadors for Peace

Paris, France—Ambassadors for Peace were invited to a meeting to hear about activities in the first quarter of 2022.

UPF-Australia Peace Seminar Explores Solutions to Global Challenges

Melbourne, Australia—UPF-Australia held its first peace seminar of 2022 on “‘Head-Wing:’ Meeting Global Challenges Together, Beyond Religious and Ideological Divides.”