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

 

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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Kiev, Ukraine - UPF-Ukraine held its annual international conference entitled "The Ukrainian National Idea: Past, Present, and Future" on Oct. 18 in the conference hall of the Hotel "Kozatskyi."

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UPF issued a Statement on the Crisis in Syria on Sept. 11, 2013, calling upon leaders of the world's great faith traditions, especially Muslims, Jews, and Christians, to come together in the search for a solution that brings an end to the bloodshed.

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Moscow, Russia - UPF-Russia was officially invited to participate in a June 26 round table on the topic of economic migration to Russia at the Press Center of the Parliament newspaper.

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Vienna, Austria -  UPF-Austria held a panel discussion on April 16 on the current situation in Syria. Sixty people attended, among them quite a few Syrians of different faiths, convictions, and loyalties living in Vienna. If the rebels in Syria come to power, the Christians in the audience said, they fear that previous guarantees of religious freedom would be lost.

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Presentations at the roundtable on Faith, Religion, and International Security, Washington DC, March 13, 2013

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