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Think Tank 2022

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El Festival para la Paz Global en Benin tomó lugar del 26-29 de octubre, 2007, en Ouidah, el histórico puerto de comercio de esclavos, y en Cotonou, la capital económica y ciudad principal de Benin.  Durante cada actividad, se unieron a los delegados internacionales Arzobispo George Augustus Stallings, Jr., y el Sr. Jin Man Kwak, representantes de las naciones vecinas de Burkina Faso, Níger, Nigeria, Togo y Ghana.

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Proposal for a Bering Strait Crossing

While the Internet links people the world over on an information super-highway, there is no highway with bridges and tunnels to connect all the continents. With advances in technology, engineers have been studying the feasibility of a tunnel under the 85km Bering Strait. Visionaries and pragmatists alike are excited by the the prospects.

  • Goal: An international transportation system that can draw together people of all races, cultures, religions, and nationalities in one peaceful and prosperous global community.
  • Method: Build a Bering Strait crossing that can facilitate exchange of people and goods between Asia and the Americas and link up to other networks.

The idea for a crossing, first proposed more than 100 years ago, was championed by UPF Founder Dr. Sun Myung Moon during his Peace Tours of 2005 and 2006 as part of his vision vision for a global transportation network. For a PowerPoint presentation about the vision, click here. For more details about the proposal, click here.


View the Bering Strait Crossing Proposal in a larger map with links to information about the population centers in the Far North (balloons) and towns or cities on existing railroads (locomotives). The yellow line indicates a potential route between the closest rail links on both sides. Brown lines are oil pipelines.

Watch videos about people who have crossed the Bering Strait by kiteboarding and swimming.
Engineering innovations are expanding the feasibility of construction under extreme conditions. For a documentary video click here.

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A project of this size could only move forward as part of a combined international effort of will, and the USA and Russia, as well as Europe and China, have been preoccupied with other issues, including economic crises. Yet, the construction costs are small compared to the costs of all the conflicts in the world. For an April 9, 2012 article in the Moscow Times about a potential Bering Strait crossing, click here.

"For the sake of peace and human welfare, and also for building God’s fatherland and original hometown, I propose that we build a passage for transit across the Bering Strait, that remnant of historical division between east and west, and north and south, and where the North American and Russian land-masses are separated. This passage, which I call the “World Peace King Bridge and Tunnel,” will link an international highway system that will allow people to travel on land from Africa’s Cape of Good Hope to Santiago, Chile, and from London to New York, across the Bering Strait, connecting the world as a single community." - Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, Founder, Universal Peace Federation

ambassadors for peace

Launched in 2001, Ambassadors for Peace is the largest and most diverse network of peace leaders. As of 2020, there are more than 100,000 Ambassadors for Peace from 160 countries who come from all walks of life representing many races, religions, nationalities, and cultures, and commit to:

  • Stand on the common ground of universal moral principles, promoting reconciliation, overcoming barriers, and building peace.
  • Form a global network representing the diversity of the human family and all disciplines of endeavor.
  • Promote cooperation beyond boundaries of religion, race, ethnicity, and nationality.
  • Practice “living for the sake of others” as the guiding principle for building a global community.
 

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Qualifications
  • Affirmation of UPF’s principles of peace
  • Demonstration of leadership qualities in a given sphere of activity
  • Recommendation by a Senior Member of UPF or an organization affiliated with UPF

To apply, contact the chapter where you live (click name for contact information).

Read a sampling of quotes about peace by Ambassadors for Peace.

Ambassadors for Peace is registered in the US Patent and Trademark Office.

WASHINGTON, ETAS-UNIS: « De bons rapports avec les États-Unis sont essentiels à la bonne marche de l’ONU », a observé Noel Brown, président des Amis des Nations unies, dans son allocution d’ouverture du Symposium international sur les États-Unis et les Nations unies, le 23 octobre 2007, veille de la Journée des Nations unies.

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The ILC was held in Seoul on October 13-17, 2007. The program for the conference can be found here.

Youth and Service

Humanitarian and Youth Programs

One of UPF's core principles is living for the sake of others. UPF promotes this through a variety of experiential-learning activities that cultivate good character, build friendships among diverse people, mentor young leaders, teach good sportsmanship and alleviate suffering.

La comunidad entera de Attohou –niños, mujeres, hombres y aún gente mayor—se involucraron en construir una escuela primaria en el centro de Costa de Marfil, un área que se está reconstruyendo después de cinco años de guerra civil entre el amplio norte musulmán y el amplio sur cristiano.

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ATTOHOU, COTE D'IVOIRE: Attohou, en plein cœur de la Côte d’Ivoire : une région panse ses plaies après cinq ans de guerre civile. Pour édifier une école primaire, toute une communauté s’y est mise : les enfants, les femmes, les hommes et jusqu’aux anciens.

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Le rôle du service et de l’action humanitaire confessionnelle pour accomplir les objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement

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Ces dernières années, la démocratie a commencé à s’étendre en Afrique. Le Nigéria a un régime civil et démocratique ininterrompu depuis huit ans. Mais les tensions religieuses et ethniques continuent d’agiter le continent et le fossé s’est creusé entre les classes possédantes et les couches défavorisées en Afrique.

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Petite fille, je me souviens de mes rêves d’Afrique. Il y a dans le mot Afrique quelque chose qui parle à mon cœur et à mon âme. En fait, mon fils aura trois ans dans une semaine, et il a déjà visité douze pays africains, dont plusieurs huit ou neuf fois. Il parle déjà de l’Afrique à tous ceux qu’il croise sur sa route.

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AMMAN, JORDANE: Le Dr Ghazi Tayyeb reçoit un appel l’année dernière. À l’appareil, la voix d’un ami : « Alors, tu es Ambassadeur de paix ? »

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