Global Leaders Support a Unified Korea and Inauguration of Think Tank 2022

UPF’s second virtual International Leadership Conference concluded with participant reflections, a call to action, and the signing of the resolution proposing the inauguration of Think Tank 2022.


6th Rally of Hope Sows “the Seeds of Peace”

The 6th Rally of Hope, organized by UPF International since August 2020, launched "Think Tank 2022,” May 9, 2021. Read report in The Washington Times, May 9, 2021 and UPF Press release.


Roundtable Focuses on the Arts and Values

UPF co-sponsored a discussion on preserving traditional values in the creative arts.


Centenary Event Honors UPF Founder

An online event held in memory of the UPF founder focused on his most challenging teachings.


Estonia Explores K-pop and the Road to Pyongyang

UPF held its third webinar about life and culture on the Korean Peninsula.


Europe-Middle East ILC2021: Executive Summary

UPF’s Europe-Middle East branch completed an International Leadership Conference focusing on a unified Korea.




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IAED Inaugurated in Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia—UPF-Malaysia hosted its second Peace Talks webinar in conjunction with the launch of the International Association for Peace and Economic Development (IAED) in Malaysia, on April 17, 2021. The online seminar, whose theme was “COVID-19: Preparing Your Business for the Post Pandemic World and Forging a Sustainable Future,” was attended by over 200 participants from 10 nations through Zoom and Facebook Live.

Mr. Thomas McDevitt, chairman of The Washington Times and global coordinator of the IAED, delivered the keynote remarks and officially launched the IAED-Malaysia. Mr. Masatate Kajikuri, the regional coordinator of IAED-Asia Pacific, delivered special remarks.

This was followed by a panel session where speakers shared their experiences and knowledge in navigating challenges in the post-pandemic world and giving back to society. The webinar also encouraged all the participants to be agents for change in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2: zero hunger; 4: quality education; and 8: decent work and economic growth. Several NGOs and charitable organizations have been identified and were publicized through the IAED call to action project, #IAED (I am Engaging and Driven!).

Feedback from the participants:

“[I understood] how COVID-19 has changed the industry globally and what we can do to be team players to fit into the change [to have] a better, secured and successful future!”

Staff, World Startup Festival

“I learned more on how to overcome COVID-19 and upskill ourselves.”

Company worker

“[I discovered] strategies on how to start up a business in this new norm at the same time be mindful of what the community really needs not just by your will. Helping the community makes you grow too!”

NGO staff

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International Day of Families Observed in Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia—The main speaker addressed the issue of challenges of family relationships.

UPF-Czech Republic Discusses Media Manipulation

Bratislava, Slovakia—A longtime journalist explained “Media and Manipulation” to an international audience.

“Leadership and Cooperation” Is Theme of UPF-Argentina’s Ambassadors for Peace Program

Argentina—“Leadership and Cooperation” program emphasized identity and mission of Ambassadors for Peace.