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“Towards Peaceful Unification of the Korean Peninsula – A New Approach"
Saturday 06 March 2021

UPF-Oceania Headquarters invites you to join our UPF on-line webinar to be held on 6th March 2021 from 9am Sydney time. The webinar is sponsored by the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD) with the theme “Towards Peaceful Unification of the Korean Peninsula – A New Approach.” 

The Korean War began in 1950, 70 years ago. The war concluded not with a peace treaty but with an armistice, leaving the once unified Korean peninsula divided, despite being populated by a people with a common history, culture, and language.  

UPF’s Northeast Asia Peace Initiative is dedicated to the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula.  With this in mind, UPF is organizing a variety of programs that bring together leading experts from a wide range of professional fields—government, academic, civil society, faith-based organizations, the media, business, and the arts---to explore the prospects for improved relations not only between the two Koreas, but among the other stakeholder countries of the region.

The main goal of this “soft power” or “track two” approach to peace is to contribute to the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula through dialogue, scholarly research and civil society initiatives that build personal connections.  

Over the next two years, 2021-2022, UPF will carry out a very ambitious slate of programs and projects for peaceful reunification, working through the primary associations of UPF---ISCP, IAPP, IAPD, IMAP, IAAP, IAED, IAFLP.

Backgrounder for the webinar:

The history of human interaction has been marred by centuries of war and conflict motivated by often complex political, ideological, economic and sovereignty issues. Since the emergence of the Soviet Union in 1917, one of the most serious international conflicts of the past 100 years has been that between nations embracing communism and the free world. A stark current example of this standoff in the world today is seen on the Korean peninsula between communist North Korea and democratic South Korea, formerly one nation, now divided and technically still at war.

A central life goal of the founders of the Universal Peace Federation, Sun Myung Moon and Hak Ja Han Moon, both of whom were born in what is now North Korea, is the peaceful reunification of their homeland. Their approach to this task is seen in their remarkable and historic meetings with both Mikhail Gorbachev and Kim Il Sung during their tenure as leaders of the Soviet Union and North Korea respectively, and is reflective of the reconciliation between Esau and Jacob in the well-known scriptural account. It represents a new approach and opens up a promising avenue for peaceful reunification. It also has ramifications for achieving peace more broadly in the world where many conflicts are taking place. This webinar will bring together experts from both the religious and geopolitical arenas to examine the prospects for the peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula today. Please join us for what promises to be a highly insightful and important webinar.

The link to the webinar is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81317819493 

Sincerely,

Yutaka Yamada,

UPF Chairman, Oceania Region 

 

The International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP) 

The International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP)

The Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD)

The International Media Association for Peace (IMAP)

The International Association of Academicians for Peace (IAAP)

The International Association for Peace and Economic Development (IAED)

The International Association of First Ladies for Peace (IAFLP)

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