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International Leadership Conference

Argentine Parliamentarians Share Experiences from Paraguay ILC

November 17, 2016

Buenos Aires, Argentina—Argentine parliamentarians and professionals from different sectors shared their experiences participating in the International Leadership Conference (ILC) in Paraguay at a UPF meeting in Buenos Aires.

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UPF-Japan Holds Forum on Refugees, Terrorism, and Nationalism

November 11, 2016

Tokyo, Japan—UPF-Japan held its 28th Peace Diplomats Forum on “Refugees, Terrorism, and Nationalism in Europe and the Future Prospects.” 

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Parliamentarians for Peace Launched in Cambodia

November 3, 2016

Phnom Penh, Cambodia—Cambodia’s chapter of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace was launched at the Cambodia Leadership Conference, held at the Royal School of Administration. 

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Parliamentarians for Peace Launched in London

September 9, 2016

London, United Kingdom—The third of a series of regional conferences launching the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) was held from September 7 to 9, 2016.

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International Leadership Conference Held in Korea

February 16, 2016

Seoul, Korea—A special International Leadership Conference was convened to discuss the theme “Addressing the Critical Challenges of Our Time”. More than 340 international delegates, including more than 140 current parliamentarians, attended the conference.

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Reflections from the International Leadership Conference

February 16, 2016

Seoul, Korea—A selection of reflections from the International Leadership Conference held on Feb. 12 to 16, 2016, in Seoul, Korea, with the theme “Addressing the Critical Challenges of Our Time: The Role of Governments, Civil Society and Faith-Based Organizations.”

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Press Release - International Leadership Conference Opening

February 16, 2016

More than 600 delegates from over 60 nations—including over 140 current members of parliament and six cabinet ministers—gathered in Seoul, Korea, from February 12 to 16, 2016, for the International Leadership Conference (ILC) titled “Addressing the Critical Challenges of Our Time: The Role of Governments, Civil Society and Faith-Based Organizations.”

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Press Release - Call for a Fifth UN Office in Korea at the National Assembly

February 15, 2016

Against a background of strained ties and escalating tension between North and South Korea, parliamentarians from around the world who were in Seoul to attend an International Leadership Conference (ILC) joined approximately 20 Korean lawmakers at the National Assembly to call for the United Nations to establish a fifth office on the Korean Peninsula to ease tension on the peninsula and reduce fears in Northeast Asia.

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UPF-Japan: Promoting Marriage and Family Values

September 29, 2015

Tokyo, Japan—UPF continued its focus on addressing the declining birth rate in Japan through its most recent International Leadership Conference. 

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Tokyo, Japan—UPF-Japan and its Council of Ambassadors for Peace continued their focus on addressing the declining birth rate in Japan through their most recent International Leadership Conference, “Crisis in Families and Visions for their Revitalization-Emergency of Japan's Dwindling Childbirth and Possible Countermeasures,” which was held in Tokyo on September 29, 2015.    

The keynote speaker of the half-day event was Ms. Cheryl Wetzstein, a veteran journalist with the American newspaper, The Washington Times. She has covered news on family and society, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage in June.

She said a cultural war over same-sex marriage is intensifying in America, and cited several examples of it. A local U.S. official was imprisoned because she had refused to issue marriage licenses on the grounds of her religious faith, and a baker was sued when he had refused to make a wedding cake for a homosexual couple.

Speaking on the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, Ms. Wetzstein said the judges who opposed the ruling said the ruling was based on  “a wrong concept of freedom” and if “same-sex marriage was legalized, it would be hard to deny legalizing polygamy.”

She said the legitimacy of same-sex marriage would be evaluated by the adult children raised by homosexual couples. Already some children have spoken out on homosexual parenthood, saying that they did not have a sound childhood or lost their right to have a mother and a father.

Representing the organizers, Mr. Hiroo Suzuki, professor emeritus of the Tsukuba University and president of the Council of Ambassadors for Peace, said that he was happy "[this] meeting [of] Ambassadors for Peace who share a similar sense of mission and are engaged [in advancing] peace” took place.

Mr. Seiichi Kikuya, secretary general of UPF-Japan, spoke on the event theme. He warned that if same-sex marriage was legalized in Japan, it would erode Japan’s marriage system and accelerate the population decline in the country.

A lively panel discussion followed, where representatives of civil society, including a member of one of Tokyo’s wards and an intermediate school teacher, exchanged views on the theme’s topic.

The event closed with UPF-Japan president, Dr. Eiji Tokuno, pointing out that Japan's numerous social problems stem from a breakdown of the family. He said over half of all homicide cases in Japan are committed by relatives of the victims, and encouraged the participants to promote the national campaign for marriage and family values. 

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Ambassadors for Peace Hear UPF Peace Principles

April 11, 2015

Parnell, New Zealand—About 40 Ambassadors for Peace and guests had the chance to listen to an in-depth exposition of the UPF Peace Principles at a recent meeting.

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Conference in Seoul on “Transforming the Society, Nation and World”

March 4, 2015

Seoul, Korea — Approximately 150 leaders from around the world gathered in Seoul, Korea, from February 28 to March 4, 2015, to discuss multidimensional solutions to present-day crises and global conflicts.

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International Leadership Conference Schedule

March 4, 2015

Seoul, Korea - An International Leadership Conference on the theme "Beyond the Challenges of Our Time: Transforming the Society, Nation and World" brought participants from 50 nations to Korea Feb. 28 - Mar. 4, 2015.

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Malaysian Parliamentarians Attend Peacebuilding Conference in Hawaii

October 2, 2014

malaysia-hawaiiKona, Hawaii - Members of the Malaysian parliament and their spouses attended a conference on "Building a Nation and World of Peace" in Kona, Hawaii Sept. 25-Oct. 2, 2014.

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International Leadership Conference Held in Uruguay

April 23, 2014

Montevideo, Uruguay - An International Leadership Conference in Montevideo April 21-23, 2014, on the theme of “Toward a New Paradigm for Peace and Human Development in Latin America” brought together leaders from government, academia and civil society.

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Seoul Conference Explores Paradigms for Peace and Human Development

February 14, 2014

Seoul, Korea - “Toward a New Paradigm for Peace and Human Development” was the theme of an International Leadership Conference that drew people from 50 nations to Seoul, Korea, Feb. 9-13, 2014.

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International Leadership Conference Presentations

February 13, 2014

Seoul, Korea - An International Leadership Conference on the theme "Toward a New Paradigm for Peace and Human Development" brought participants from 50 nations to Korea Feb. 9-13, 2014.

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Building Momentum in Korea for Nations of Peace

August 23, 2013

Seoul, Korea - “The greatest tribute we can offer to Rev. Sun Myung Moon is to carry on the great work for peace to which he dedicated his entire life,” said Hon. Jose de Venecia, founding chairman of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties at an International Leadership Conference in Korea Aug. 20-23. “Rev. Moon will be immortal, for there are millions of us who carry his memory in our hearts.”

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International Leadership Conference Held in the Philippines

January 12, 2013

Manila, Philippines - An International Leadership Conference on “Universal Principles of Peace and Leadership: A New Paradigm for Building a World of Peace” took place in Manila Jan. 11-12, 2013.

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The Memorial Ceremony of Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and his Legacy of One Family Under God

September 15, 2012

More than 300 UPF Ambassadors for Peace made the long journey to Korea to attend the memorial services for Father Moon on Sept. 15, 2012.

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Leadership Conference in Mindanao Promotes Interfaith Harmony

March 31, 2012

Davao, Mindanao, Philippines - An International Leadership Conference took place in Davao, the principal city on the island of Mindanao, co-sponsored by the Mayor of Davao. The theme for the March 29-30 conference was "The Role of Interfaith Harmony and Good Governance in Peace and Development."

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