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Ambassadors for Peace

Forum on Women in Tunisia and the Arab Spring

January 25, 2012

Washington, DC, USA - A professor of women's studies at the University of Tunis in Tunisia, Mrs. Houda Zaibi Belhassen shared insights into the "Arab Spring" in her native Tunisia to a select audience at The Washington Times on January 25. She particularly noted the progressive Personal Status Code that offers special protection to women and children.

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Radio Program on the Common Values of the Abrahamic Faiths Wins Award

January 9, 2012

Ottawa, Canada - Ernest G. Tannis, LL.B., C.Med., won a national award from the Canadian Ethnic Media Association for an episode of his radio show on Alternative Dispute Resolution entitled "Common Values of the Abrahamic Faiths."

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In the News: Santosh Shah Named One of 'Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders'

October 17, 2011

Kathmandu, Nepal - The Diplomatic Courier, a global affairs magazine, announced their selection of the “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders” in their latest issue. Their selection lists Santosh Shah, 29, a Nepali and the only Asian. T

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Tiotira Rauna Addresses New Zealand's Annual Voyaging Festival

October 8, 2011

Gisborne, New Zealand - Ambassador for Peace Tiotira Rauna represented UPF-New Zealand at the annual Te Unga Mai voyaging festival on October 8 at the Gisborne Conference Center. The commemoration of Captain James Cook’s arrival in 1769 “and the sad events that happened at that time” included interfaith readings by members of Presbyterian, Muslim, Anglican, Hindu and Baha’i faiths. Addressing the gathering on behalf of UPF-New Zealand, Tiotira Rauna expressed its belief that "peace is going to start in Oceania.” For more details click here.

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Chief Shonekan Addresses Habitat Conference in Abjua

October 4, 2011

Abuja, Nigeria -UPF Global Peace Council member Ernest Shonekan addressed an October 4 conference in Abuja  on "Shelter and Urban Renewal," in commemoration of World Habitat Day. World Habitat Day is a day set aside for commemoration by the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-HABITAT), to ensure that everyone in the world lives in decent houses and environment.

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In Memoriam: Dr. John Gurusamy

August 6, 2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Dr. John Gurusamy passed into the next world on August 6. He was an Ambassador for Peace and committee member of UPF-Malaysia.

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In Memoriam: Maj. Gen. Silas Paul Mayunga

August 6, 2011

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Major General Silas Paul Mayunga of Tanzania passed to the spirit world on August 6. A former High Commissioner for Tanzania in Nigeria, he was an active Ambassador for Peace. He was in Delhi, India, being treated for throat cancer when he passed away on August 6.

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Rob Schrama Reports on the 'Jerusalem Hug'

August 4, 2011

Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ambassador for Peace Rob Schrama spoke at a UPF gathering on August 4 about the origins and his motivation for creating the Jerusalem Hug,in which people hold hands around the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, singing and praying for peace and respect for all humankind.

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Estonia Hosts Football for Peace Tournament

July 3, 2011

Parnu, Estonia - On the Baltic seacoast in Parnu, Estonia, the annual Parnu Summer Cup youth football tournament took place from June 30 to July 3 under the slogan of "Play Football Make Peace." During the period of several days, more than 100 football players from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Ukraine, and Russia competed with the desire to become the best of the best.

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Receiving a Doctorate in Hebrew-Christian Doctrine

June 7, 2011

Bogota, Colombia - With deep gratitude to the Creator of the universe and with great joy I report that the Hebraic Theological Seminary in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, has given me the title of Doctor of Theology, specializing in the field of Hebrew-Christian Doctrine.

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Dhaka Interfaith Forum: Kazi Nazrul Islam and Interfaith Harmony

May 26, 2011

Dhaka, Bangladesh - The Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue of the Department of World Religions and Culture of Dhaka University held a seminar on “Kazi Nazrul Islam and Interfaith Harmony” on May 25, 2011.

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In Memoriam: Professor Noel Dossou Yovo

May 24, 2011

Cotonou, Benin - Professor Noel Dossou Yovo, the first person appointed an Ambassador for Peace in Benin, passed away on May 5. He was an emeritus university professor, President of the Professors World Peace Academy of Benin, and a member of the Presiding Council and the Board of UPF-Benin.

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Ambassador for Peace Chairs Interreligious Seminar in Dhaka

April 26, 2011

Dhaka, Bangladesh - Ambassador for Peace Professor Kazi Nurul Islam chaired an International Seminar on Religions for Peace and Harmony in Dhaka on April 26. Professor Kazi Nurul Islam is chairman of the Department of World Religions and Culture at the University of Dhaka.

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Thai Ambassadors for Peace Send Gift to Japan

April 21, 2011

Bangkok, Thailand - Mrs. Nittaya Laksanavisit, representating Thai Ambassadors for Peace, gave a donation of money to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to Mr. Kamol Thananopavarn, Assistant Secretary General of UPF-Thailand.

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In Memoriam: Sheikh Mohammed Kanaan

April 17, 2011

Beirut, Lebanon - Sheikh Mohammed Kanaan, a Lebanese Ambassador for Peace and faithful leader and partner in many UPF events for over ten years, passed into the next life on April 17.

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Senegal Ambassadors for Peace Offer Condolences to Japan

April 8, 2011

Dakar, Senegal - UPF-Senegal Ambassadors for Peace paid a visit to the Japanese Embassy in Dakar to offer condolences for the people of Japan.

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Ambassador for Peace Elected President of Kosovo

April 7, 2011

Pristina, Kosovo - Mrs. Atifete Jahjaga was elected President of Kosovo on April 7. The only female general in Kosovo and the Balkans, she rose through police ranks and became General Director of the State Police. She was appointed an Ambassador for Peace in 2008.

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In Memoriam: Tan Sri Saleha

March 21, 2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - UPF-Malaysia extends its deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the family of Allahyarhamah Tan Sri Datuk Paduka Dr. Hajjah Saleha Bte Mohd Ali, who passed away on March 21.

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German Ambassador for Peace Exhibits Arabic Calligraphy

March 16, 2011

Berlin, Germany - “Calligraphy is another language for peace,” explained Dr. Qais Saidi while presenting his works of art during the recent conference of the UPF National Peace Council of Germany in Berlin. Most of the 15 works of calligraphy are based on the Arabic word for peace: “salam.

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Aid from Malta to People Stranded in Libya

March 5, 2011

Valletta, Malta - UPF Ambassador for Peace Mrs. Sanaa El-Nahhal, president of the Arabic Culture Information Society in Malta, is collecting supplies for people stranded by the upheavals in Libya. A bishop of the Catholic Church has proposed that donations at Ash Wednesday services be used to offer humanitarian aid to people on Libya's borders.

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