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Washington, DC, USA - The UPF-DC Office organized an interfaith luncheon program under the theme of the “Interfaith Cooperation and Universal Peace” on February 24. The program was co-sponsored by The Washington Times Foundation and held in the Beech Room of The Washington Times building.

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Honiara, Solomon Islands - UPF-Solomon Islands sponsored an interfaith forum to commemorate the UN's World Interfaith Harmony Week on January 28. Three guest speakers were invited from different faiths to share a brief introduction to their faith and their thoughts about interfaith harmony.

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New York, USA - Presentations given at the program “Women and the World at a Turning Point,” hosted at the Nigeria House on March 2. Sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Nigeria and Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations, in partnership with the Universal Peace Federation. [See report.]

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As the year 2011 gets underway, we are witnessing a sudden, dramatic and unexpected emergence of popular uprisings in the Arab world. The political and social landscape in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya have already been permanently changed, and every nation in the region now wonders if it will be the next.

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Observances of the newly-established UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, the first week of February, were organized by UPF in 19 nations.

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Swazi Observer - AN HIV/AIDS youth training program for Swaziland youth has been launched. The training will be done in collaboration with the Washington AIDS International Teens (WAIT) and the Swaziland Chapter of UPF, as well as the global Next Generation Academy (NGA). The training will be conducted at selected constituencies, schools, communities, churches and other institutions through March 23. It will be run through peer-educators from various parts of the United States.

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 Seoul, Korea - An International Leadership Conference in Seoul marked the first UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, emphasizing the responsibilities of religious and spiritual leaders to defuse long-standing tensions between different ethnic and minority groups.

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Geneva, Switzerland - As a continuation of the series of conferences held at the United Nations in Geneva and New York, as well as in London, Bergamo, and Fribourg, Switzerland on interreligious/intercultural peacebuilding since 2008, a full-day symposium was held to commemorate the International Day of Peace in Geneva on September 23.

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Montreal, Canada - In the spirit of World Interfaith Harmony Week, UPF-Canada hosted Dr. Frank Kaufmann on Feb. 21, 2011, speaking on the theme of “Acceptance of Interfaith – the Next Step.”

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The president of Ethiopia, H.E. Girma Wolde-Giorgis, and the president of the state of Gambella, H.E. Omot Obang Olom, attended the appointment of 257 new Ambassadors for Peace and were presented with certificates as Ambassadors for Peace.

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Vienna, Austria - A panel discussion on "Radical Change in Egypt: Future Prospects in the Land of the Pharaohs" was organized by UPF-Austria on Feb. 15, 2011, just a few days after the fall of the Mubarak regime.

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The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations hosted an Interfaith Breakfast on February 3 to help launch World Interfaith Harmony Week. Monica Willard, President of the Committee of Religious NGOs, saw the Week as an excellent project for RNGOs to demonstrate their commitment to interfaith solidarity and support of the goals of the United Nations.

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