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Peace and Security

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

 

Toronto, Canada - Conflicts in the Middle East are not limited to the Israel/Palestine conflict, an Israeli scholar emphasized at a an interfaith forum on Jan. 26, 2014 in Toronto, Canada.

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Geneva, Switzerland - As Syria's civil war continued, UPF convened a “Track 2” conference in Geneva on Jan. 23, 2014 on the theme of "Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: The Significance of Religion, Faith-Based Organizations and Civil Society."

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UPF convened a number of civil-society forums on the crisis in Syria during 2013

Jerusalem, Israel: The Crisis in Syria and Its Regional Impact, Oct. 16, 2013
Washington DC, USA: Peace Zones as Avenues for Stability in South Sudan, Syria, Colombia and Korea, Oct. 15, 2013
Amman, Jordan: Prospects for Dialogue and Reconciliation in Syria, Oct. 13, 2013
Vienna, Austria: Syrian Christians in Austria Torn Between Hope and Despair, Apr. 16, 2013
Jerusalem, Israel: The Impact of Syria and Egypt on Israel's Security Measures, Feb. 14, 2013

Jerusalem, Israel - Approximately 45 religious leaders, academics, civil society leaders, diplomats and Middle East experts were in Jerusalem Dec. 19-22, 2013, to explore the theme “Interreligious and International Relations in the Middle East: Toward Peace and Stability.”

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On December 5, 2013, the first Black democratically elected President of South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla, Mandela, passed on to the spirit world and was buried on December 15, 2013, in his village of Qunu, an Eastern Cape village of South Africa.

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Bangkok, Thailand - Retired chiefs of staff from the armed forces of Thailand, the Philippines, India and Nepal joined 38 active and retired generals from 13 Asian nations to launch the Asian Peace and Unity Corps in Bangkok, Thailand, on Dec. 13, 2013.

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Abuja, Nigeria - As Nigeria prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the colonial amalgamation of the nation in 1914, UPF-Nigeria launched a national campaign on Dec. 12, 2013 urging all Nigerians to work toward the unity of the nation ridden by religious and ethnic barriers.

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As the news of the passing of Nelson Mandela flashed around the world at cyber speed, tributes began to pour forth from world leaders and statesmen, pontiffs and clergymen, and citizens of every nation. He was a man who put his life on the line for justice in his early years, suffered a third of his life in prison and later forgave his tormentors at his liberation from prison for the good of the people and as a example to heal a broken nation.

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Paris, France - A conference on "Eurasia and Europe: Cooperating for a Culture of Peace and Human Development" took place in Paris, France, Dec. 3-4, 2013, calling attention to the new "Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures" that was inaugurated in August 2013 at the instigation of Kazakhstan and being spearheaded by UNESCO.

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St. Petersburg, Russia - An international conference on "Social Epidemics: Policies and Effective Responses" Nov. 21-22 examined both positive and negative aspects of current trends in social media, lifestyle and civil society engagement in global affairs. Speakers proposed ways that the social environment, volunteer associations, religious organizations and the media can help promote a healthy society.

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Kinshasa, DR Congo - A high-level conference on the theme of "The Conflicts in DR Congo and the Challenge of Achieving the Millennium Development Goals" took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kinshasa on Nov. 16, 2013.

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Abuja, Nigeria - An Ambassadors for Peace Seminar on National Dialogue was convened on Oct. 22, 2013, with the theme "Exposition of an Innovative Framework for Sustainable National Dialogue."

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