Northeast Asia Peace Initiative

On the Korean Peninsula following World War II, people with a common history, culture, and language were divided by the Cold War struggle between superpowers. UPF conferences and forums bring together leading diplomats and scholars to offer insights into prospects for improved relations among the countries of the region. Political, military, economic, and civil-society factors are considered at conferences and forums. Civil-society initiatives between South Korea and North Korea include tourism, humanitarian projects, and various forms of personal engagement. Scroll down for reports.
 
NE Asia
Goal: Peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula and harmonious relations among the nations of North East Asia
Methods: Consultations and civil-society initiatives that build personal connections
 
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Balashikha, Russia - UPF-Russia organized a meeting of Young Ambassadors for Peace, journalists, and Korean War Veterans on June 23, 2012, marking the 62nd anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.

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Bratislava, Slovakia - The local chapter of UPF organized a second event with Korea in the spotlight on June 18. The Korean cultural evening held in March had attracted many guests, which encouraged UPF to hold one more "Korean event" before the holiday season. Long-time friends and supporters of UPF were invited, as well as some new guests.

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The U.S. should lead the way to offer a realistic vision for final peace on the Korean peninsula. It should not leave such critical policy to chance or cede the initiative to others, and it shouldn’t wait for the North to reach out to the South first. China has its proper role to play in Korean peace, but is best if done in conjunction with its neighbors. President Obama should take full advantage of this window of opportunity and convey to the North that the U.S. is willing to work with it to help push for peace and stability in the region.

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To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the historic meeting between his parents, Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, and Kim Il-sung, UPF Chairman Rev. Hyung Jin Moon visited North Korea December 9-16, 2011, following up on a donation of flour to alleviate starvation.

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The recent death of North Korean President Kim Jong-il and the current transition of power to a new generation of leadership is a time of great uncertainty for all Koreans and the entire East Asian region. At the same time it also offers an important opportunity to plot a new course of peace and reconciliation that will finally bring to a close more than six decades of division and distrust.

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Zelenograd, Russia - As part of the local annual festival “We are different and we feel this is our treasure; we are together and therefore powerful,” an exhibit of photos of South Korea opened on October 31 in the main hall of the museum of school No. 1923 in Zelenograd, near Moscow. The exhibit, “Korea in photos,” was part of the school's Festival of Friendship, a day dedicated to the "Land of Morning Calm," as Korea is known.

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Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia - Legislators from Seoul, South Korea, visited Russia from July 18 to 20 to meet with officials and legislators in Moscow and a university rector in St. Petersburg.

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The Women's Federation for World Peace receives contributions from women throughout the world and makes donations to North Korea as humanitarian aid for their children and women. There have also been various opportunities for visits over the years. The more exchanges we have with people from the North, the more we are able to understand each other and overcome the gaps caused by the decades of separation.

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Moscow, Russia - At the Institute of the Far East, Russian Academy of Sciences, a round-table meeting on the “Korean War: Lessons of History” took place on Feb. 15, 2012, initiated by the Center of Korean Research.

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South Korean governments have been informed by the German experience of reunification after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Goldman Sachs, the leading investment bank, issued a study arguing that better models for Korean reintegration would be the reform of the economies of Vietnam, Mongolia, and the former Eastern European socialist states. Moreover, it said, the two Koreas have remarkable synergies, including talented human capital and rich mineral resources in the North. Read Goldman Sachs' report.

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Tokyo, Japan - "Japan's Role in Securing Peace, Stability, and Human Rights in North-East Asia" was the theme of a European Leadership Conference and Fact-Finding Tour to Japan August 1-5.

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Tensions in Northeast Asia increased this spring with North Korea’s sinking of a South Korean naval vessel, the Cheonan, in March. This was the most significant attack by the North against the South since at least the 1980s.

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