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Peace and Security

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

 

Abuja, Nigeria - UPF International Chairman Dr. Charles S. Yang was in Nigeria from March 31 to April 2, 2014 as part of a recent tour of several African nations to meet to meet with government officials to brief them on the work of UPF and encourage national peace education initiatives.

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Asuncion, Paraguay - UPF-Paraguay held an introductory seminar on the theme of "New Ideas for a Society of Greater Justice and Solidarity" at the Hotel Granados Park in Asuncion on April 1, 2014.

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The Universal Peace Federation has convened or contributed to a number of civil-society forums on the crisis in Syria: in Jordan, Israel, Austria, Switzerland, the Vatican and Washington DC.

 

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The Universal Peace Federation has organized conferences and forums that addressed issues of Europe-Eurasia relations. Click on the titles for links to executive summaries of the proceedings and some texts of presentations:

In partnership with the Permanent Delegation to UNESCO of Tajikistan and the NGOs Académie de Géopolitique de Paris, UPF, and the Women’s Federation for World Peace, a conference on the theme “Eurasia and Europe: Cooperating for a Culture of Peace and Human Development” took place in Paris Dec. 3-4, 2013. Participants included political leaders, academics, NGO representatives, and youth from Europe, Russia, and other Eurasian nations.

This conference was part of a wider series of European Leadership Conferences on topics of pressing concern for Europe and the world, held at such venues as the UN in Geneva and in Vienna, UNESCO in Paris, National Parliaments in the United Kingdom and Norway, and in the Presidential Palace in Malta, over the past few years.

In support of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures launched in August 2013 in Kazakhstan, the conference explored ways to develop and strengthen a culture of peace as the source of cohesion between individuals, communities, ethnicities, races and nations. It is hoped that the conference will help foster and secure peace and development for all on the foundation of shared values and good practice and generate proposals and commitments for the promotion of the rapprochement of cultures and a society of lasting peace.

This conference was the latest stage in a process begun in 2012, when UPF’s Ambassadors for Peace in Europe and Eurasia began to cooperate closely to raise awareness of the potential for partnership and cooperation between their two regions in place of the friction and, at times, open antagonism of the past.

Two highly successful conferences were held in 2012 with a similar purpose. In April 2012 an initial joint conference entitled Russia-Europe Dialogue: Peace and Security in Multicultural Societies at a Time of Global Crisis was held in Moscow with the participation of high level representatives from both regions. In October 2012, a further conference entitled Europe and Russia - Partners in a Globalized World was held at the UN offices in Vienna and brought together former heads of state and government from a number of nations as well as other leading figures from the areas of politics, religion, business, academe and diplomacy to deliberate on that theme.

See also reports of programs initiated by UPF-Eurasia to build grass-roots connections among neighboring peoples: super-marathons, football tournaments and international music festivals.

An All Sides Consultation on Syria in Austria on March 8-9, 2014 called for an end to the war, the violation of human rights causing a huge number of victims, and the destruction of infrastructure and culture.

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Burgschlaining, Austria - An All Sides Consultation for a Political Solution to the Syrian Conflict March 8-9, 2014 addressed concerns of the Syrian people for security, to bridge the rifts, people on the move, political rights and political transitions.

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Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria - Ambassadors for Peace launched a campaign in Akwa Ibom State Feb. 28, 2014, proclaiming 2014 as a year for national unity and emphasizing the significance of marriage and family in building a peaceful nation and world.

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Lusaka, Zambia - UPF-Zambia leaders met with members of the Committee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Zambia National Assembly Jan. 29, 2014 to discuss principles of good governance and conflict resolution.

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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

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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