Peace and Security

Consultations take place among scholars, diplomats, government officials, civil society representatives and religious leaders.

 

Vienna, Austria - "Sudan – Perspectives for Peace in the Largest African Nation" was the topic of a discussion January 4 in Vienna. The speaker, El Fadil Abbas Mohammed Ali, shared insights about the January 9 referendum in Southern Sudan on whether or not it should remain a part of Sudan.

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Lome, Togo - To help resolve the nation’s current social and political crises, leaders of UPF-Togo traveled to significant towns in the country during 2010 to sow seeds of peace and reconciliation.

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Moscow, Russia - UPF-Russia sponsored a workshop-discussion on “Human rights and challenges of the 21st century” on November 20, the 60th Anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights and fundamental freedoms. The theme drew the attention of many Ambassadors for Peace, representatives of youth, non-governmental and religious organizations, as well as experts in human rights.

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Accra, Ghana - One Sunday morning, I received a call from an organization bringing together students to dialogue and bring reconciliation especially within the Northern Sector of Ghana (a conflict-prone zone). This led to an invitation to participate in the Peace and Reconciliation Process in the Northern Sector and establish UPF in the private universities in Ghana. 

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Nairobi, Kenya - Two days before a national referendum, UPF-Kenya organized a Peace Campaign on August 2 that included planting trees symbolizing the various faith communities in Kenya. Trees were planted representing Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, and Brahma Kumaris. The Nigerian ambassador to Kenya called for a peaceful referendum as he dedicated a tree of peace. Representatives of the various faith communities joined in prayers for peace.

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Durban, South Africa — the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping, has called for all nations in Africa to support the objectives of the 2010 Year of Peace and Security in Africa, through engaging in activities to Make Peace Happen in Africa in 2010 and beyond.

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Commemorative and educational activities related to the May 9, 1945 Victory of the Great Patriotic War took place in Zelenograd, Moscow, Yekaterinburg, and the border with Belarus.

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Moscow, Russia - On April 10, an international conference was held at the Peace Embassy in Moscow on the theme of “East-West Dialogue: 20 Years after the Fall of the Iron Curtain.”

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Lusaka, Zambia - Eleven members of the Peace Council of UPF-Zambia took part in a Special Consultation April 9, 2010, at the Peace Embassy to develop a strategic plan to educate Ambassadors for Peace.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - During the Year of Peace and Security in Africa, in each of the 53 Member states of the African Union, a Flame of Peace will travel around the country in order to promote the initiative and to involve all African citizens.

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Monrovia, Liberia - Only once in the history of a nation should a Truth and Reconciliation Commission be needed. In reviewing the conflict that began in 1979 and continued until 1993, the commission reviewed the nation’s past with the aim of charting a better future.

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Niamey, Niger - A UPF Crown of Peace award was presented to the head of the Economic, Social, and Cultural Council of Niger on December 14. The 85 members of the council promote dialogue, tolerance, and solidarity among the peoples of the nation<

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