UNITED STATES

Chapter Secretary General

Mr. Ricardo de Sena

Global Peace Council Member

Hon. Matt Salmon
Member (1995-2001), United States House of Representatives

National Peace Council Member

Hon. Earl F. Hilliard
Former Member, Congress of theUnited States of America

National Peace Council Member

Dr. Cheryl Ann Lau
Judge Pro Tempore, Carson City Justice and Municipal Courts

National Peace Council Member

Amb. Sam Hanna Zakhem
Former Ambassador, Embassy of the United States of America to Bahrain

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Message on Africa Day

May 24, 2012

As the world tries to forge a renewed global partnership for sustainable development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged to work with Africa’s leaders and people to implement an agenda that addresses Africa’s needs – an agenda that will set the continent on the path to the future we all want: dynamic, equitable and sustainable growth that benefits all Africans. [UPF chapters in Australia, Ecuador, Ghana, Israel, Japan, Russia, and the UK observed Africa Day 2012.]

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UN Plans 20th Anniversary of the Year of the Family

May 15, 2012

New York, USA - The UN Focal Point on the family invites feedback on preparations for the observance of the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family in 2014.

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UPF-USA Honors 18 New Ambassadors for Peace in Parsippany, New Jersey

April 29, 2012

Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - Ambassadors for Peace from New Jersey and Pennsylvania met for a luncheon program on April 29 at the Sheraton Parsippany. Speakers included Admiral J. Robert Lunney, Kay Hymowitz, and Joel Austin.

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UPF-USA Honors Activist Women in North Carolina

April 28, 2012

Durham, North Carolina, USA - A statewide UPF program titled “The New Era of Women Leadership” was held on April 28 at the Lovin’ Life Ministries center in Durham, North Carolina. It aimed to raise awareness of human-rights violations in Japan, Liberia, and the United States.

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UN International Women's Day in Washington DC

March 27, 2012

Washington, DC, USA - The Washington Times Beech conference room was the venue for over 70 guests from the diplomatic corps and the private sector for the commemoration of International Women’s Day on March 27 invited by UPF-DC International Office and co-sponsors The Leadership Council for Human Rights and The Washington Times Foundation.

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Side Events of the 56th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

March 14, 2012

New York, USA - In parallel and side events during the 56th Session of the UN's Commission on the Status of Women in February and March 2012, UPF representatives emphasized strengthening the family and combating human trafficking.

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Iraq Mission Hosts Event for UN Secretary-General

March 5, 2012

UN Headquarters, New York - The Permanent Mission of Iraq hosted a luncheon on March 5, 2012 with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as keynote speaker on the theme of “The Role of the Secretary-General and the UN in the Empowerment of Women.”

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Interfaith Harmony Week Commemorated in Washington DC

February 16, 2012

Washington, DC, USA - Commemorating World Interfaith Harmony Week, UPF-DC held a dinner for distinguished speakers at The Washington Times on February 16 entitled: “Common Ground for the Common Good.” Nearly 100 guests from the diplomatic, NGO, religious, and civic communities listened in rapt attention to four distinguished speakers. Mrs. Tomiko Duggan, Director of the UPF Office of Embassy Relations, introduced the video of current UPF programs and Mr. Thomas McDevitt, president of The Washington Times, greeted the audience.

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NGO Conference on Healing the Wounds of History

February 15, 2012

New York, USA - The Spiritual Council for Global Concerns Working Group of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns (CSVGC-NY) at the UN held a conference on “The Price of Violence and Dividends in Healing the Wounds of History” at the Nigeria House, on Feb. 15, 2012.

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UPF Staff Attend UNITAR Arms Trade Workshop

February 10, 2012

New York, USA - UPF staff participated in a Feb. 10, 2012 workshop entitled “Key Issues for the Negotiation of the Arms Trade Treaty,” co-sponsored by the UN Institute for Training and Research and the Permanent Mission of Australia.

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World Interfaith Harmony Week Observed in UN General Assembly Hall

February 7, 2012

A World Interfaith Harmony Week celebration took place on Feb. 7, 2012, at the UN General Assembly hosted by the President, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser.

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Interfaith Harmony Week Commemorated in Salt Lake City

February 2, 2012

Salt Lake City, USA - The Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable’s annual Interfaith Month officially began on February 2 with an invitation-only prayer breakfast at the Salt Lake Marriot Downtown Hotel. The Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable has celebrated February as Interfaith Month since 2002 because the members of the 22 different religious groups who served as chaplains during the 2002 Winter Olympics wanted to continue meeting as they knew they had an important statement to make and wanted to highlight the diversity of faiths in Utah.

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Japanese Tea Ceremony in Washington, DC

November 10, 2011

Washington, DC, USA - On a beautiful autumn day, UPF's DC Office presented Japanese tea ceremonies for invited guests from the Washington diplomatic community, friends of UPF, and Ambassadors for Peace. Two tea ceremonies, with an accompanying afternoon lunch and evening dinner, were held on November 10 at the UPF Peace Embassy.

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NGO Week of Spirituality Explores Visionary Leadership

October 28, 2011

New York, USA - The Week of Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, Oct. 20-28, 2011, focused on visionary leadership as a key to solve the challenges facing the United Nations and the world.

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Happy Birthday, United Nations!

October 24, 2011

New York, USA - On the 66th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, Oct. 24, 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for unity as the world seeks solutions for the key challenges facing humanity.

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M.P. Barry: Advancing the Bering Strait Tunnel Project in the United States and Canada

October 4, 2011

This paper investigates potential avenues of encouraging the United States and Canada (federal and local governments as well as their business and NGO communities) to consider building in stages a Bering Strait tunnel, connecting Alaska and Russia.

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Day of Peace Observed in Washington, DC

September 29, 2011

Washington, DC, USA - The UPF-DC office organized a UN International Day of Peace program under the theme, “Make Your Voice Heard” on September 29 at The Washington Times building.

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Day of Peace Observed throughout the United States

September 21, 2011

UPF chapters throughout the United States celebrated the Day of Peace with a wide variety of program, many featuring representatives of different faiths speaking of shared values.

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UN Remembers 9/11 Attacks on Tenth Anniversary

September 14, 2011

On Sept. 9, 2011, the UN General Assembly convened for a special Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 in hopes of moving forward for a better and more secure future for generations to come.

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Opportunity for Healing and Reconciliation

September 8, 2011

New York, USA - As the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the US nears, old wounds open and fresh wounds are created even in what is intended to be a process of reconciliation. As Ambassadors for Peace we offer hurting people a healing process.

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