Northeast Asia Peace Initiative

On the Korean Peninsula following World War II, people with a common history, culture, and language were divided by the Cold War struggle between superpowers. UPF conferences and forums bring together leading diplomats and scholars to offer insights into prospects for improved relations among the countries of the region. Political, military, economic, and civil-society factors are considered at conferences and forums. Civil-society initiatives between South Korea and North Korea include tourism, humanitarian projects, and various forms of personal engagement. Scroll down for reports.
 
NE Asia
Goal: Peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula and harmonious relations among the nations of North East Asia
Methods: Consultations and civil-society initiatives that build personal connections
 
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Moscow, Russia - In anticipation the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, top experts and Russian scholars gathered on June 5, 2013, at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow to discuss “Korean War – Results, Lessons, Further Steps Towards Peace on the Korean Peninsula.”

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Instead of issuing a newspaper editorial, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and appeared on national TV to give a New Year’s Day speech on the need to bolster the economy and also to reunify the Koreas, warning that confrontation only leads to war.

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Moscow, Russia - UPF-Russia works toward a peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula in consultations with Russian and foreign experts and through electronic media and face-to-face communications.

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Cheongpyeong, Korea - A rally at the Cheongshim Peace Center on November 24 marked the seventh anniversary of UPF in Korea. Mrs. Hak Ja Han Moon, Co-founder of UPF, encouraged the audience to honor heaven, live in gratitude, and work for peace.

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Moscow, Korea - An International Conference on “The United Korea as a dream of the Korean nation” took place in Moscow at the conference hall of the hotel “Rusotel” on Oct. 3, 2012. The event marked the anniversary of the signing of the Joint North-South Korea Declaration in 2007.

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Pyongyang, North Korea - UPF International Chair Hyung Jin Moon visited Pyongyang on September 7, a week before the memorial services for his father, Dr. Sun Myung Moon, to accept condolences from relatives residing in North Korea. The North also awarded Dr. Sun Myung Moon posthumously what it calls the National Reunification Prize in recognition of his contribution to inter-Korean reconciliation and unity, which was presented to his son.

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Balashikha, Russia - UPF-Russia organized a meeting of Young Ambassadors for Peace, journalists, and Korean War Veterans on June 23, 2012, marking the 62nd anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.

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Bratislava, Slovakia - The local chapter of UPF organized a second event with Korea in the spotlight on June 18. The Korean cultural evening held in March had attracted many guests, which encouraged UPF to hold one more "Korean event" before the holiday season. Long-time friends and supporters of UPF were invited, as well as some new guests.

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The U.S. should lead the way to offer a realistic vision for final peace on the Korean peninsula. It should not leave such critical policy to chance or cede the initiative to others, and it shouldn’t wait for the North to reach out to the South first. China has its proper role to play in Korean peace, but is best if done in conjunction with its neighbors. President Obama should take full advantage of this window of opportunity and convey to the North that the U.S. is willing to work with it to help push for peace and stability in the region.

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To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the historic meeting between his parents, Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, and Kim Il-sung, UPF Chairman Rev. Hyung Jin Moon visited North Korea December 9-16, 2011, following up on a donation of flour to alleviate starvation.

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The recent death of North Korean President Kim Jong-il and the current transition of power to a new generation of leadership is a time of great uncertainty for all Koreans and the entire East Asian region. At the same time it also offers an important opportunity to plot a new course of peace and reconciliation that will finally bring to a close more than six decades of division and distrust.

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Zelenograd, Russia - As part of the local annual festival “We are different and we feel this is our treasure; we are together and therefore powerful,” an exhibit of photos of South Korea opened on October 31 in the main hall of the museum of school No. 1923 in Zelenograd, near Moscow. The exhibit, “Korea in photos,” was part of the school's Festival of Friendship, a day dedicated to the "Land of Morning Calm," as Korea is known.

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