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Peace Summit 2023: Comprehensive Report, Including Program Schedule and Speeches


Seoul, South Korea—The Universal Peace Federation sponsored the Peace Summit 2023, with about 700 participants from nearly 70 different countries to discuss the theme, “Toward a World Culture of Peace.” In addition to sessions organized by UPF’s associations and regions, The Washington Times and Segye Ilbo hosted the 6th Think Tank Forum.


Schedule

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023

OPENING DINNER and ORIENTATION

Emcee: Mrs. Blessie G. Dhakal, International Coordinator of IAFLP

Invocation: Archbishop Johannes Ndanga, Special Advisor, IAPD Africa, Zimbabwe; Grand President, African Christian Council International, Zimbabwe

Special Remarks Prof. Dr. Sanjay Pratap Singh, Vice Chancellor, The Assam Royal Global University, India

H.E. Anote Tong, President (2003-2016), Kiribati; Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate (2015)

Performance

Orientation: Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, Chairman, UPF International


Wednesday, May 3, 2023

OPENING PLENARY


Video Presentation

Performance: The Little Angels Children's Folk Ballet of Korea

Emcee Welcome: Mr. Jo Woo-jong, broadcaster, FNC Entertainment; former Korean Broadcasting system (KBS) announcer


Entrance of Members of the Head Table


Peace Anthem


Interfaith Water Ceremony


Welcoming Address: Dr. Thomas Walsh, Co-chair, Peace Summit 2023 Organizing Committee


Opening Address: Dr. Yun Young-ho, Co-chair, Peace Summit 2023 Organizing Committee


Congratulatory Address Hon. Newt Gingrich, Speaker, House of Representatives (1995-1999), USA

Hon. Ajith Nishantha Rajapakse, Deputy Speaker, Parliament of Sri Lanka


Peace Performance: Mr. Michael Lee


Keynote Address ISCP: H.E. Brigi Rafini, Prime Minister (2011-2021), Niger; Executive Secretary, CEN-SAD ISCP: H.E. Yves Leterme, Prime Minister (2008, 2009-2011) Belgium ISCP: H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, President (2015-2019), Sri Lanka IAPP: Hon. Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State (2018-2021), U.S. Department of State IAED: Mr. James Rogers, Chairman, Rogers Holdings and Beeland Interests, Inc.


Special Peace Performance


Founder’s Address: Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, Founder, Universal Peace Federation


Peace Launching Ceremony


Elders’ Roundtable Launching


Appointment of Elders


Picture & Video Presentation


Launching of Continental Level Peace Project

Africa Summit: H.E. Brigi Rafini, Prime Minister (2011-2021), Niger; Executive Secretary, CEN-SAD

Asia Pacific Union Secretariat: Hon. Suos Yara, Chair, Commission on Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, National Assembly, Cambodia

Sri Lanka IAPP and IAPD Asia Pacific HQ: Hon. Ajith Nishantha Rajapakse, Deputy Speaker, Parliament of Sri Lanka


Launching Ceremony

Founder’s 80th Birthday Celebration

Congratulatory Song

VIP Introduction


Flower Presentation to the Founder

SESSION II.A - Contemporary Challenges to Global Order: Toward a World Culture of Peace: Focus on North America


Moderator: Dr. Michael Jenkins, President, UPF International

Speakers Amb. Callista Gingrich, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See (2017-2021), USA Hon. Dan Burton, Member, U.S. House of Representatives (1983-2013), USA Dr. Franco Famularo, President, UPF-Canada; IAPP Canada Rev. Dr. Cynthia Jackson, District Judge, Jersey City Municipal Court; Pastor, Allen AME Church, New Jersey, USA Mr. Guy Taylor, National Security Editor, The Washington Times

SESSION II.B - Elders Roundtable

Emcee: Mr. Young-il Shin, former Korean Broadcasting system (KBS) announcer

Speakers Hon. Kim Ho-il, President, Korean Elderly Association H.E. Alfred Moisiu, President (2002-2007) Albania H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, President (2015-2019), Sri Lanka Hon. Newt Gingrich, Speaker, House of Representatives (1995-1999), USA Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, Founder, Universal Peace Federation H.E. Dr. Thomas Boni Yayi, President (2006-2016), Benin H.E. Anote Tong, President (2003-2016); Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate (2015), Kiribati

SESSION III.A - Contemporary Challenges to Global Order: Toward a World Culture of Peace: Focus on the Asia Pacific Region

Moderator: Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, Chair, UPF-Asia-Pacific; Member of Parliament, Nepal


Video Messages Ven. Shi Kuanyun, President, Hong Kong Buddhist Association H.E. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Senior Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives; President (2001-2010), Philippines


Speakers Hon. Suos Yara, Chairman of Commission on Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, National Assembly, Cambodia Hon. Bhubaneswar Kalita, Member of Parliament, India H.E. Matubraimov Almambet, Prime Minister (1993-1993), Speaker of Parliament (1995-1997), Kyrgyzstan Hon. Oyunbaatar Tserendash, Deputy Prime Minister (2015-2017), President of Human Rights & Development Center, Mongolia Rt. Hon. Ganesh Prasad Timilsina, Chairperson, National Assembly of Nepal H.E. J. Uduch Sengebau Senior, Vice President, Palau Hon. So Yuk Choy, Congresswoman, National People’s Congress, People’s Republic of China Hon. Ajith Nishantha Rajapakse, Deputy Speaker, Parliament of Sri Lanka Hon. Dr. Chameera Yapa Abeywardane, Coordinating Secretary to Hon. Speaker of the Parliament, Sri Lanka

SESSION III.B - Contemporary Challenges to Global Order: Toward a World Culture of Peace: Focus on Latin America and the Caribbean Region

Moderator: Dr. Neudir Simão Ferabolli, Secretary General, UPF-South America


Speakers Dr. Charles S. Yang, Chairman, UPF-Central America and the Caribbean Rev. Dong Mo Shin, Chairman, UPF-South America Hon. Julio Cesar Cleto Cobos, Vice President (2007-2011), Argentina H.E. Salvador Nasralla Salum, Vice President, Honduras Hon. Victor Oswaldo Fuentes Solis, Senator, Mexico H.E. Rosalia Arteaga Serrano, President (1997), Ecuador Hon. Carla Zambelli Salgado, Congresswoman, Brazil Dr. Jean Paul Vargas Céspedes, Director, Central American Integration System (2014-2018), Costa Rica Hon. Ubraj Narine, Mayor, City of Georgetown, Guyana Mr. Jose Ramon Vinas Alonso, President, Freemasons of Cuba Hon. Betty Beatriz Yaniquez Lozano, Assemblywoman, Bolivia


The session concluded with the appointment of Ambassadors for Peace:

From South America:

  1. Julio Cesar Cleto Cobos and his wife, Dr. Natália Liliana Obón – from Argentina

  2. Congresswoman Silvia Waiãpi – from Brazil

  3. Ubraj Narine – from Georgetown – Guyana

  4. Colonel Aginaldo de Oliveira – from Brazil

And from Central America and the Caribbean:

  1. Francisco Rojas Aravena – from Costa Rica

  2. Flor Soraya Aquino – from the Dominican Republic

  3. Juan Carlos Hasbun – from El Salvador

  4. Jean Paul Vargas Céspedes – from El Salvador

  5. Dr. Osvaldo Adriano De La Guardia Boyd - from Panama


SESSION III.C – Korean Elders Roundtable


SESSION IV.A - Contemporary Challenges to Global Order: Toward a World Culture of Peace: Focus on Africa

Moderator: Mr. Augustin Ghomsi, Sub-Regional Director, UPF-Southern Africa


Speakers H.E. Dr. Thomas Boni Yayi, President (2006-2016), Benin Hon. Petros Vusi Mavimbela, Speaker, Parliament of Eswatini Hon. Maimouna Yombouno, Vice President, National Assembly, Guinea Hon. Hamidou Traoré, Vice President, National Transition Council (National Assembly), Mali Hon. Lawrence Songa Biyika, Member of Parliament, Uganda H.E. Dr. Nevers Mumba, Vice President (2003-2004), Zambia; Founder, National Christian Coalition, Zambia H.E. Hery Martial Rajaonarimampianina Rakotoarimanana, President (2014-2018), Madagascar


SESSION IV.B – Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD)

Moderator: Dr. Tageldin Hamad, Vice President, UPF International; International Coordinator, IAPD


Speakers H.H. Hajji Baba Edmond Brahimaj, World Leader, Bektashi Order, Albania (Speech read by Dr. Arben Sulejmani, PR Director of International World Bektashi Order, Albania representing H.H. Hajji Baba Edmond Brahimaj) Patriarch George Stallings, Patriarch, Imani Temple African American Catholic Congregation, USA; Chair, IAPD-USA Dr. Surinder S. Gill, Co-Chair, International Forum USA; Secretary General of Sikhs of USA Hon. Dr. Mohamad Habash, Chairman, Human Fraternity Center; Associate Professor, Abu Dhabi University, UAE Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa, Ambassador for the Sikh religion in the Western Hemisphere, USA Pastor Juan Carlos Hasbun, Senior Pastor, Kemuel Christian Church; Member, Board of Directors of COICOM, an association of Latin American Christian communicators, El Salvador Rev. Dr. Cynthia Jackson, Pastor, Allen AME Church, New Jersey, USA; District Judge, Jersey City Municipal Court, USA Imboni Dr. uZwi-Lezwe Radebe, Founder and Chair, The Revelation Spiritual Home; IAPD Africa, South Africa

SESSION IV.C – International Association of First Ladies for Peace (IAFLP)

Moderator: Mrs. Kaeleigh Moffitt, President, WFWP-USA & International; Vice President of North America


Opening Remarks: Mrs. Moriko Hori, President of WFWP International


Speakers H.E. Ade Shirri Dion Ngute Grace, Spouse of Prime Minister, Cameroon H.E. Mrs. Monica Chakwera, First Lady, Malawi Dr. Rajni Kaushal Chand, Spouse of the Deputy Prime Minister, Fiji Mme. Hilda Patricia Marroquin de Morales, First Lady (2016-2020), Guatemala Mme. Shiranthi Wickramasinghe Rajapaksa, First Lady (2005-2015) & the Spouse of the Prime Minister (2019-2023), Sri Lanka Hon. Liza Gashi, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Kosovo Mme. Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina, First Lady (2014-2018), Madagascar

Closing Remarks: Mrs. Blessie G. Dhakal, International Coordinator, IAFLP


Sunhak Laureates Dinner


Thursday, May 4, 2023

Emcee: Mr. Young-il Shin, former Korean Broadcasting system (KBS) announcer


Welcoming Address: Dr. Yun Young-ho, Director General, Universal Peace Federation


Congratulatory Remarks: H.E. Albin Kurti, Prime Minister, Kosovo


Keynote Address: Dr. Michael Pillsbury, Senior Fellow and Director for Chinese Strategy at the Hudson Institute


Commentary Hon. Kim Geun-Sik, Chair of the Unification Committee of the People Power Party Hon. Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State (2018-2021), USA


International Panel Moderator: Dr. Moon Byeong-cheol, Chief Research Fellow, Think Tank 2022 H.E. Dr. Thomas Boni Yayi, President (2006-2016), Benin Hon. Newt Gingrich, Speaker, House of Representatives (1995-1999), USA Mr. Thomas McDevitt, Chairman, Board of Directors, The Washington Times, USA Hon. Dr. Werner Fasslabend, Minister of Defense (1990-2000), Austria Dr. Chheng Kimlong, Executive Vice President, Asian Vision Institute, Cambodia Hon. Lee Jung Mun, Member of the National Assembly, Korea


SESSION VI.A - Contemporary Challenges to Global Order: Toward a World Culture of Peace: Focus Europe and the Middle East


Moderator: Mr. Jacques Marion, Regional Co-Chair, UPF-EUME


Speakers H.E. Albin Kurti, Prime Minister, Kosovo H.E. Alfred Moisiu, President (2002-2007), Albania H.E. Filip Vujanovic, President (2003-2018), Montenegro H.E. Mladen Ivanic, President, (2014-15, 2016-17), Bosnia and Herzegovina Hon. Dr. Werner Fasslabend, Minister of Defense (1990-2000), Austria H.E. Zlatko Lagumdžija, Prime Minister (2001-2002), Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Boris Tadic, President (2004-2012), Serbia


SESSION VI.B - International Association of Academicians for Peace (IAAP)


Moderator: Dr. Thomas Selover, International Co-coordinator, IAAP; former President, Sunhak UP Graduate University, Korea


Welcoming Addresses Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, Chairman, Universal Peace Federation Dr. Sung-Bae Jin, Chairman, Hyo Jeong Academic Foundation, Korea


Speakers H.E. Dr. Nevers Sekwila Mumba, Vice President (2003-2004); Founder, National Christian Coalition, Zambia Hon. Dr. Mohamad Habash, Chairman, Human Fraternity Center; Associate Professor, Abu Dhabi University, UAE Dr. Frank Kaufmann, President of PWPA USA; Editor in Chief of New World Encyclopedia; President of Twelve Gates Foundation, USA Dr. Osvaldo Adriano De La Guardia Boyd, Executive Director, Central America Institute for Public Administration, Panama


SESSION VI.C - International Association of Youth and Students for Peace (IAYSP)


Moderator: Mr. Ronnie Sodusta, President, IAYSP-Asia Pacific 2

Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, between YSP-Korea and SAKENA FUND


Welcoming Remarks: Mr. Koji Matsuda, President, IAYSP-International


Keynote Addresses H.E. Anote Tong, President (2003-2016), Kiribati; SHPP Laureate (2015) Mr. Hyeontae Kim, Member of the Seoul Metropolitan City Energy Policy Committee, Korea Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Executive Director, Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL); Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate (2017) Ms. Bo-Young Park, Public Administration, Korea University


Panel Discussion Hon. Silvia Nobre Waiapi, Congresswoman, Brazil Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Executive Director, Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL); Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate (2017) Ms. Jung-eun Choi, Mentors without Boarders Ms. Mica Amanlaman Camara, President, IAYSP-Africa Mr. Mounkaila Goumandakoye, Senior Consultant and Expert of the CEN-SAD Regional Youth Programme H.E. Anote Tong, President (2003-2016), Kiribati; SHPP Laureate (2015) Mr. Hyeontae Kim, Member of the Seoul Metropolitan City Energy Policy Committee, Korea


SESSION VII.A - Toward a World Culture of Peace: The Role of the Media and the Economy International Media Association for Peace (IMAP) and the International Association for Peace and Economic Development (IAED)


Moderator: Mr. Thomas McDevitt, Chairman, Board of Directors, The Washington Times, USA


IMAP Mr. Kea Puy, President, Club of Cambodian Journalists and Kyodo News, Cambodia Mrs. Shova Gyawali, Director, Nepal Republic Media, Nepal Dr. Sergio Redó, President, Sao Paulo Press Association, Brazil (video) Mr. Guy Taylor, National Team Leader, The Washington Times


IAED Mr. Leong Bee Lee, Chairman, Malaysian Association of Canada Mr. James Rogers, Chairman, Rogers Holdings and Beeland Interests, Singapore Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa, Ambassador-Sikh Dharma, Sikh Dharma Universal, USA Dr. Jorge Alberto Ceballos Rodriguez, Criminal Justice and International Humanitarian Lawyer, Panama Mr. German Yael Feliz Severino, Journalist, TV & Radio producer, Dominican Republic


SESSION VII.B - International Association of Academicians for Peace (IAAP)


Moderator: Dr. Thomas Selover, International Co-coordinator, IAAP; former President, SunHak UP Graduate University, Korea


Congratulatory Remarks: Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Executive Director, Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL); Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate (2017)


Speakers Prof. Mahendra Prasad Lama, Senior Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India Dr. Francisco Rojas Aravena, President, University for Peace (UPEACE), Costa Rica Hon. Keith Best, Member of Parliament (1979-1987), UK; Chairman of the Board of Trustees, UPF-UK


Commentators Prof. Heung-soon Park, Professor and former dean of the graduate school Sun Moon University, Korea Hon. Timothy Mtambo, Commander in Chief, Citizen for Transformation Movement (CFT), Malawi Ms. Sagadat Sabitova, UN Expert on Gender Equality, United Nations, Kazakhstan


SESSION VII.C - International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP)


Moderator: Dr. Michael Jenkins, President, UPF International; International Coordinator, IAPP


Speakers Hon. Dan Burton, Member of Congress (1983-2013); International Co-Chair, IAPP, USA Hon. Annette Lu, Vice President (2000-2008), Taiwan Pastor Paula White-Cain, Senior Pastor, City of Destiny Church, USA Hon. Betty Beatriz Yaniquez Lozano, Assemblywoman, Bolivia Rt. Hon. Petros Vusi Mavimbela, Speaker, Parliament of the Kingdom of Eswatini Hon. Charan Jeath Singh, Minister, Sugar and Multi-Ethnic Affairs, Fiji Hon. Dr. Malte Kaufmann, Member of Parliament, Germany Hon. Ajay Dutt, Member of Legislative Assembly, India Hon. Maimouna Yombouno, Vice-President, National Assembly (National Transition Council), Guinea Hon. Victor Oswaldo Fuentes Solis, Senator, Mexico Hon. Iroshka Lindaly Elvir Flores Nasralla, Congresswoman, Honduras Hon. Lawrence Songa Biyika, Member of Parliament, Uganda Hon. Hamidou Traore, Vice President, National Assembly (National Transition Council), Mali


Friday, May 5, 2023

SESSION VIII - UPF Regional Reports & Strategic Discussion


Opening Remarks: Dr. Thomas Walsh, Chairman, UPF International


Cheon Won Gung Video Presentation


North America: Dr. Michael Jenkins, Regional Chair, UPF-North America Central America: Dr. Charles Yang, Regional Chair, UPF-Central America and the Caribbean South America: Rev. Dong Mo Shin, Regional Chair, UPF-South America Africa: Mr. Augustin Ghomsi, Sub-Regional Director, UPF-Southern Africa

Europe and Middle East: Dr. Katsumi Otsuka, Regional Co-Chair, UPF Europe and Middle East Mr. Jacques Marion, Regional Co-Chair, UPF Europe and Middle East Asia Pacific: Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, Regional Chair, UPF-Asia Pacific; Member of the House of Representatives, Federal Parliament of Nepal


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