Peace and Security

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

 

The Hague, The Netherlands - There was a magnificent opening to the three-day first World Foresight Forum in the Kloosterkerk in The Hague.

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Oyo, Congo - Six UPF delegates from Congo-Brazzaville traveled to Oyo for a meeting with President Denis Sassou Nguesso on March 9.

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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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Moscow, Russia - UPF-Russia held a forum on “Prospects and challenges of creating more secure world” on Feb. 19, 2011, for Ambassadors for Peace, experts in human rights and civil society, representatives of NGOs, political parties and the media.

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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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Ottawa, Canada - UPF-Canada Ambassador for Peace Bill Bhaneja is active in the campaign to establish a Department of Peace in Canada. He invites signatures of support for an online petition campaign.

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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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