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Ambassadors for Peace

Book Release: Alternative Dispute Resolution and 18 Life-Lessons in Problem Solving

February 22, 2011

Ottawa, Canada - Two new books on conflict resolution are available: Alternative Dispute Resolution That Works? and Is Everyone at the Table? 18 Life Lessons in Problem-Solving.

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Ethiopia's President Appointed Ambassador for Peace

February 5, 2011

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The president of Ethiopia, H.E. Girma Wolde-Giorgis, and the president of the state of Gambella, H.E. Omot Obang Olom, attended the appointment of 257 new Ambassadors for Peace and were presented with certificates as Ambassadors for Peace.

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Interfaith Harmony Week Event in Almaty, Kazakhstan

January 29, 2011

Almaty, Kazakhstan - UPF held a small event dedicated to the celebration of the UN Interfaith Harmony Week on January 29 at the Peace Embassy in Almaty.

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On-line Campaign for a Canadian Department of Peace

January 6, 2011

Ottawa, Canada - UPF-Canada Ambassador for Peace Bill Bhaneja is active in the campaign to establish a Department of Peace in Canada. He invites signatures of support for an online petition campaign.

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Nana Opoku - A Man with a Vision

December 17, 2010

Accra, Ghana - A student of religions and promoter of interfaith cooperation, Nana Opoku addressed an Ambassadors for Peace meeting in Accra Dec. 17, 2010.

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Synthesizing Traditional and Modern Knowledge

November 10, 2010

Jakarta, Indonesia - From November 8 to 10, I had the opportunity to participate in the International Conference on Islam and Higher Education, jointly organized by the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Officiating at an Interreligious Wedding in Colombia

October 30, 2010

Bogotá, Colombia - The first interfaith wedding in my role as the prayer leader of Shéggel took place on October 30 in Bogotá, Colombia. In the ceremony, the groom (a Jew) and the bride (a Catholic) undertook the challenge of becoming ambassadors to promote interreligious reconciliation.

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International Ambassadors for Peace Visit Zambia

October 22, 2010

Lusaka, Zambia - Ambassadors for Peace welcomed a visiting delegation from United Kingdom, Scotland, Japan, Sweden, and Uganda to the Peace Embassy on October 22 to share insights into the work of Ambassadors for Peace in various parts of the world.

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In Memoriam: Pradit Chareonthaitawee

September 19, 2010

Bangkok, Thailand: UPF-Thailand announces with regret the passing of Professor Pradit Chareonthaitawee (1932-2010), Ambassador for Peace, President of UPF-Thailand, and one of the nation’s most prominent public citizens, after a lengthy illness.

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Interfaith Rosh Hashana Liturgy in Bogotá

September 8, 2010

Bogotá, Colombia - An interfaith Rosh Hashana service took place at the UPF Peace Embassy in Bogotá on Sept. 8, 2010, with Christian, Muslim and Buddhist leaders invited by a rabbi to join in the liturgy.

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Presentations about Integrity and Good Governance

August 21, 2010

Jakarta, Indonesia - I was invited to speak at the "International Integrity Conference 2010" in Penang, Malaysia, as part of a panel discussion on "Caliph Umar Ibn Abdul Aziz: Reinventing the Future Through Good Governance."

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Nigerian Ambassadors for Peace Visit Japan

August 17, 2010

Tokyo, Japan - Nigerian Ambassadors for Peace on a one-week study-tour of Japan received a warm welcome by the Ambassador of Nigeria to Japan and a former Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria.

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Young Politicians Seek to Mend Ties Between Israel and Turkey

August 4, 2010

Jerusalem, Israel - In the tense climate between Israel and Turkey after the May 31 attack on the Gaza-bound flotilla that left nine Turks dead, two young politicians are seeking to bypass political bickering and promote moderate voices in the two countries.

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In Memoriam: Ing. Robert Harenčár

July 15, 2010

Bratislava, Slovakia - Former Deputy Foreign Minister and one-time Ambassador to the Ukarine, Ing. Robert Harenčár passed away suddenly after a short, severe illness. He was 79.

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British Muslims Give Perspectives on 7-7 Attacks

July 7, 2010

London, UK - A book launch on July 7, 2010, in the House of Lords introduced 7/7 Muslim Perspectives, compiled by Murtaza Shibli containing responses by various British Muslims to the July 7, 2005 bombings in London.

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Shazaad Mohammed Accompanies Mike Tyson on Visit to Saudi Arabia

July 6, 2010

Toronto, Canada - An Ambassador of Peace of UPF-Canada's Central District, Sheikh Shazaad Mohammed, accompanied former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson on his first pilgrimage to Mecca and the holy sites in Saudi Arabia. Mike Tyson arrived in Medina August 20 as part of a series of visits organized by the Canadian Dawa Association, headed by Sheikh Shazaad.

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Book Release: From Macro-Ecumenism to Interreligious Dialogue

June 18, 2010

The 21st century is characterized as a time of vertiginous and radical changes in all aspects of human life, but it is clear that religion conditions people's views about the other spheres of life.

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Ambassador for Peace Promotes a Tourist-Friendly Jerusalem

June 16, 2010

Jerusalem, Israel - Jerusalem is reinventing itself by improving tourist services, reaching out to rapidly growing sectors like Christian pilgrims and Russian tourists, attracting more conventions, and recruiting tourists to act as Jerusalem’s ambassadors.

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In Memoriam: Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari

June 3, 2010

Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari participated in every Middle East Peace Initiative interreligious conference. He was active in the Sulha Peace Project, the World Conference on Religions and Peace in Israel, the Israel Interfaith Coordinating Council.

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In Memoriam: Om Parkash Sharma, MBE

May 11, 2010

London, UK - On May 11, 2010 Mr. Om Parkash Sharma, MBE, passed away. Mr. Sharma was a great friend of the Universal Peace Federation and an Ambassador for Peace. Hearing more about his life from his family members extended our understanding of his kindness to a much wider realm of his life. He was able to touch so many people with his compassion and care.

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