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Ambassadors for Peace

Ambassadors for Peace Meet in Armenia

December 1, 2013

Yerevan, Armenia - A seminar attended by 40 participants, including Ambassadors for Peace and new guests, was held at Hotel Ararat in downtown Yerevan on Nov. 30.


Ambassadors for Peace Meet in Tbilisi

November 26, 2013

Tbilisi, Georgia - On Nov. 17 and 25 Jacques Marion shared about some of UPF’s fundamental peace principles, followed by a discussion on new social trends in Europe.


Ambassadors for Peace Network Launched in New Zealand

November 24, 2013

Auckland, New Zealand - The first monthly Ambassador for Peace meeting was held Nov. 24 at the UPF headquarters in Parnell. All those who participated would surely agree that this semi-formal UPF meeting was well worth the effort and certainly not one to be missed. The evening was well attended not only by Ambassadors for Peace  but also included some newcomers. How wonderful it was to experience the lively and cordial atmosphere despite many of the guests being strangers to each other at the outset!


For a Filipina Ambassador for Peace, Peace Is a Way of Life

September 21, 2013

For Bai Rohaniza “Honey” Sumndad- Usman, peace is a way of life. Honey is the recipient of a 2013 “Emerging Peace Champion” Award that highlights women who empower communities and are exemplary peacebuilders. She was appointed an Ambassador for Peace in 2007 by UPF and is also a Princeton Global Network Awardee for World’s Most Accomplished Individuals for year 2009-2010.


Interreligious Council Launched in Colombia

September 4, 2013

Bogota, Colombia - Leaders of diverse churches, faiths, and spiritual traditions met at the Auditorium of the American School of Bogota on September 4 to establish the Colombian Assembly of Religions and Spiritual Traditions.


Book Release: Tan Sri Devaki Krishnan - With Elegance and Commitment

August 14, 2013

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - A ceremony launching a new book by UPF-Malaysia President Tan Sri Dr. Devaki Krishnan took place on Aug. 14. Emphasizing her service to Malaysia, the book is entitled Tan Sri Devaki Krishnan- With Elegance and Commitment.


Dr. B.K. Modi Appointed Ambassador for Peace

June 30, 2013

London, UK - Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modi was presented with an Ambassador for Peace certificate on June 30 at the conclusion of a day's conference of the Global Citizen Forum in London. Dr. Modi is a renowned businessman, philanthropist, and Chairman of Spice Global. He was appointed by the United Nations as the Coordinator for the Indian subcontinent for the Millennium World Peace Summit. He has promoted interfaith cooperation and a global vision that has great similarity with UPF's founding concept of humanity being one family of a loving God.


First Lady of Mali in US as a Voice for Humanitarian Relief

June 16, 2013

Las Vegas, USA - The First Lady of Mali, Mrs. Mintou Doucouré Traoré, arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 15 to participate in a UPF seminar and to meet with local officials and dignitaries interested in helping humanitarian activities in her country. The First Lady was accompanied on her four-day visit by the Malian Ambassador to the United States.


Ambassadors for Peace Appointed in Ayacucho

May 21, 2013

Ayacucho, PeruAmbassador for Peace Dr. Cesar Aguayo participated in a May 20 forum in the Andean city of Ayacucho, famous for its 33 churches and known locally as the Sanctuary of Peace. He spoke about the work of UPF in Peru and internationally.


Canadian Ambassador for Peace Promotes Interreligious Respect

April 25, 2013

One of the Dutch producers behind Fitna, an anti-Islam film that caused worldwide outrage from Muslims, Arnoud Van Doorn, decided to investigate more about Islam when he saw the outrage caused by the 2008 film made by DutchparliamentarianGeert Wilders. “For me, Islam was a violent religion that oppressed women and was no good for society,” Van Doorn said. He began to realize that his views of Islam had been based on negative images in the media.


Ambassadors for Peace Concert in Vietnam Celebrates Diplomatic Ties

April 11, 2013

Hanoi, Vietnam - Israeli vocalist David D’Or and American conductor David Eaton--both of whom are Ambassadors for Peace--performed with the Hanoi Philharmonic at the Hanoi Opera House as part of the “Friendship Melody” concert commemorating the 20th anniversary of Israeli and Vietnam diplomatic relations. The concert took place on April 11 and was attended by numerous diplomats and the respective ambassadors of Israel and Vietnam.


UPF-Burkina Faso Accredited as Elections Observer

November 30, 2012

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - UPF-Burkina Faso was accredited as an observer for the Legislative and Municipal elections on Dec. 2, 2012.


Interfaith Liturgy Held in Bogota

August 23, 2012

Bogota, Colombia - A "Great Interfaith Service for Peace and Freedom" was celebrated in Bogota, Colombia on August 23 with representatives from many faith traditions offering prayers, readings, chanting, and dances.


First Lady of Namibia Appointed Ambassador for Peace

July 26, 2012

Washington DC, USA -  Namibia’s First Lady, Madam Penehupifo Pohamba, was honored with the UPF’s Ambassador for Peace appointment on July 26 for her work supporting maternal and child health care and also in the fight against HIV/AIDS.


T. Endo: What Should We Learn from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident?

July 18, 2012

Owing to the latest accident, people’s good faith in nuclear energy has been greatly reduced while trust in the public authorities and the electric companies has fallen to a rock-bottom low. It will not be easy to recover the lost credibility, requiring a long time and sincere efforts including transparency which is a very vital element. In a democratic nation, nuclear energy cannot be sustained without popular trust and support. At the same time, people should deal with matters related to energy and atomic power in more reasonable and cool-headed fashion.


UPF-USA Honors 18 New Ambassadors for Peace in Parsippany, New Jersey

April 29, 2012

Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - Ambassadors for Peace from New Jersey and Pennsylvania met for a luncheon program on April 29 at the Sheraton Parsippany. Speakers included Admiral J. Robert Lunney, Kay Hymowitz, and Joel Austin.


Indian Ambassador for Peace Project Featured on Oprah's Show

April 19, 2012

Vrindavan, India - American TV personality Oprah Winfrey visited the Guild for Service's Shelter Home in Vrindavan in January 2012. On April 29 her OWN cable TV network will feature its shelter home and widows at 9:00 PM Eastern Time/Pacific Time.


Reflections on the International Leadership Conference in Mindanao

March 31, 2012

My decision to attend the International Leadership Conference in Mindanao, Philippines, March 29-31, 2012, was not taken lightly. As I called up to the heavens for answers, what impressed my way of thinking was the purpose of my NGO, Wahine Maori of Queensland Inc., to promote a culture of peace around the world.


Reflections on the International Leadership Conference in Mindanao

March 31, 2012

Change is inevitable with the current flow of access to information, media expansion, technologies, communications, and the tendency of human nature to seek peace and truth. With all of above, we can be hopeful for gradual change. But what is important is how to channel the human potential towards the expected change.


World Interfaith Harmony Week Celebrated in Morocco

February 8, 2012

Oujda, Morocco - Youth for Peace invited many religious and spiritual leaders to a meeting at the Moulay Slimane Fondation to celebrate the second World Interfaith Harmony Week. We celebrated by gathering together and  strengthening our ties, sharing news of our interfaith activities and our future plans; it was an occasion for meeting new friends and creating new partnerships.