Peace and Security

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

 

Vancouver, Canada - The Universal Peace Federation in Western Canada hosted the Third South Asian Bridge of Peace and Friendship Seminar on August 23 on the theme of "Interreligious and Intercultural Approach to Resolving Conflicts."

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Dumaguete City, Philippines - The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) in Negros Oriental will hold a special gathering on August 9, 2008 at the Bethel Guesthouse to discuss efforts in advocating peace in the society.

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Bangkok, Thailand - The United Nations Conference in Center in Bangkok was the setting for the launch of UPF’s Southeast Asia Peace Initiative on July 28, 2008.

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Dakar, Senegal - The official launch of the Senegal chapter of the Universal Peace Federation took place in the main Unesco Hall in Dakar on May 28, 2008.

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UPF organized a second International Leadership Conference on the theme: “Towards a New Paradigm of Leadership and Good Governance for Peace and Development” on April 23, 2008. The level of participation was very encouraging, with 99 members of Parliament present.

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Pursuant to its core mandate to promote peace, justice and reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Liberia for three years embarked upon series of processes in the implementation of its mandate. A key component of the Commission’s work was the holding of hearings in the 15 counties of Liberia and the United States of America in accommodation of Liberians in the Diaspora.

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Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat, Thailand - In response to the insurgency that began in southern Thailand in 2004, a southern Thailand Peace Initiative was launched in Songkhla province April 4-8, 2008.

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In a response to the recent crisis in Kenya, UPF-Africa brought together a group of 800 leaders of Kenyan society at the Kenyatta International Conference Center in Nairobi to urgently consider how the core vision, principles, and programs of UPF might contribute to a peaceful resolution.

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Kenya has 42 ethnic groups and over 42 local dialects. The diverse tribes have coexisted and thrived in the country for many years. In her four decades of independence since 1963, Kenya had never experienced the kind of turmoil that befell the nation after the announcement of the results of the disputed general election.

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A delegation of Japanese goodwill ambassadors paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in Monrovia. The six-man delegation headed by Mrs. Ayumi Hasegawa is in the country to identify with President Johnson-Sirleaf and Liberians in general on the reconstruction of the country.

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Seoul, Korea - Two hundred and twenty world leaders, including prime ministers, presidents, government ministers, diplomats, religious and civic leaders participated in the third Summit for World Peace hosted by the Universal Peace Federation.

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A delegation from the Universal Peace Federation had an audience with the recently elected President of the African National Congress, Mr. Jacob Zuma, on January 14, 2008, at the ANC headquarters, Lithuli House, in downtown Johannesburg.

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