Peace and Security

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

 

Bratislava, Slovakia - During the last months there have been numerous conferences and media reports throughout Europe and the world about the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain.

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Toronto, Canada - UPF Central District welcomed Col. Akanni B. Ola – Adé Adéogba of International Strategic Relations in Benin, who has been on a long visit to Canada to seek support for peace in Africa. Col. Akanni was pleased to attend the November 14 meeting with UPF Ambassadors for Peace in the Central District of Canadian Chapter. He has been almost three months in Canada but he has been on peace missions to Liberia, Congo, Chad, and many other parts of Africa.

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As Ambassadors for Peace, we, Christians, Muslims and Lumad in Mindanao, particularly the different tribes, different religious groups and organizations in the Islands, resolve and declare as one body bound together in love and faith our confidence in the unyielding love and quiet power of a Divine God to bring about sustainable peace and prosperity to Mindanao.

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Dresden, Germany - UPF convened conference Nov. 6-8, 2009, in Dresden, a city in eastern Germany where people vividly recall the events of October and November 1989 that led to peaceful reunification of their country.

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Malaybalay, Philippines - In the first tribal summit in Mindanao, which brought together 40 tribal chieftains along with educators, politicians, representatives from international NGOs, and religious practitioners from Christian, Muslim, and indigenous peoples, there was a new focus.

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Benin City, Nigeria - Joining organizations and governments around the world in remembrance of the attacks on September 11, 2001,  the Youth Federation for World Peace, Universal Peace Federation, the Nigerian NGO Project Hope and Change, and the government of Edo State, Nigeria, hosted some 200 participants at a commemorative program on effective peace building, "Peace: No Alternative."

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New York, NY, USA - On this day, September 11, many of us, and perhaps especially those of us based in New York, reflect on the darker capacities of human hearts and minds that can drive the most inhumane behavior. The actions of a few on this day eight years ago led to the deaths of thousands along with a wide range of destructive collateral actions. On this day, let us pause to consider not only the evil that may be done by others, but to also consider also the ways in which all of us can do more for peace, for justice, for reconciliation.

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Seebenstein, Austria - For the last several years UPF-Austria has made it a tradition to organize a small Peace Festival at the time of the summer solstice. This year it was combined with a June 20 conference on “20 Years Since the Fall of the Iron Curtain.”

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Lima, Peru - During a time of violent clashes over plans to open up Peru's northern Amazon region to oil and logging companies, UPF-Peru held a forum in the Congress on "Constructing a Culture of Peace."

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Cagayan de Oro, Philippines - The Mindanao Peace Initiative steering committee representing the diversity of the island's Christian, Muslim, and indigenous population met June 4-6 to share their experiences in resolving conflict and build momentum for peace.

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Minsk, Belarus - The Belarus Peace Fund held a Peace Rally on June 1 at the Stalin's Line historical complex near Minsk. The program, co-organized by the Universal Peace Federation, commemorated the 65th anniversary of the victory in World War II in Belarus.

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Hiroshima, Japan - On March 21, 160 people, including local key figures and Ambassadors for Peace, gathered at the Hiroshima International Conference Hall to attend the Ambassadors for Peace Seminar in West Hiroshima. Mr. Hideo Oyamada described urgent global issues and offered a vision for Japan to play a leading role in promoting world peace through its Ambassadors for Peace.

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