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WCLC Assembly: Clergy at Assembly Seek ‘God’s Will for the Earth’

February 5, 2020

Seoul, Korea—Several hundred clergy attended the World Clergy Leadership Conference Assembly, held during World Summit 2020.


Summit Explores Peace and Development in Southeast Europe

October 27, 2019

Tirana, Albania—Participants from over 50 nations attended the Southeast Europe Peace Summit organized by UPF.


UPF Is Co-Organizer of Global Forum on Human Settlements

September 5, 2019

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia—UPF inspired the participation of over 150 guests at UN forum examining the theme “Sustainable Development of Cities and Human Settlements in the Digital Era.”


World Tolerance Summit Announced for Dubai

August 10, 2018

Dubai, United Arab Emirates—UPF will be an official supporting partner of the World Tolerance Summit, which will be convened in Dubai in November.


Africa Summit Launches Three Peace Initiatives

January 19, 2018

Dakar, Senegal—The historic first World Africa Summit concluded with the launch of three important peace initiatives.


First Africa Summit Convenes in Senegal

January 18, 2018

Dakar, Senegal—Approximately 1,200 participants, including heads of state and government, attended the opening of the Africa Summit 2018.


First Africa Summit Announced for January 2018

December 26, 2017

The First Africa Summit for Peace, Security and Sustainable Development is being held on January 17-20, 2018 in Dakar, Senegal, with the support of the State of the Republic of Senegal, under the presidency of His Excellency Macky Sall, and support of the National Assembly of Senegal, headed by Hon. Moustapha Niasse.


Religious Leaders at Conference Form New Association

November 13, 2017

Seoul, Korea—The 2017 Interreligious Leadership Conference closed with the formation of a new international association of religious leaders dedicated to bringing world peace.


2017 Interreligious Leadership Conference—Executive Summary

November 13, 2017

Seoul, Korea—About 400 religious leaders and representatives of faith-based organizations concluded the 2017 Interreligious Leadership Conference.


Interreligious Conference Stresses Religion’s Peacebuilding Role

November 12, 2017

Seoul, Korea—The third day of the Interreligious Leadership Conference 2017 focused on “The Responsibility of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in Building Peaceful and Prosperous Societies.”


Interreligious Conference Joins in Global Peace Rally

November 11, 2017

Seoul, Korea—On the second day of the Interreligious Leadership Conference, November 11, 2017, all the delegates were invited to join a rally calling for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula.


Historic Interreligious Gathering in Seoul, Korea

November 10, 2017

Seoul, Korea—Approximately 400 leaders from 60 nations attended the opening banquet of the Interreligious Leadership Conference 2017.



Czech Peace Conference Discusses Role of Parents

May 29, 2017

Prague, Czech Republic—The roles of parents and government in children’s education was the theme of an international conference held in the Czech Parliament.


UPF Leaders Convene in Albania

May 19, 2017

Tirana, Albania—European-level leaders of UPF completed a very productive tour of Albania, meeting both high-level dignitaries and grass-roots supporters.


Middle East Peace Initiative: Toward a Two-State Solution

December 3, 2015

Jerusalem, Israel—UPF held a Middle East Peace Initiative program under the theme, “Toward Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”


Ethiopians Explore the Empowerment of Women

November 27, 2015

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia—UPF-Ethiopia leaders and four Ambassadors for Peace took part in a conference on women’s role in Africa’s sustainable development.


Sunhak Peace Prize Chairman Visits Nepal

November 26, 2015

Kathmandu, Nepal—From November 24 to 26, 2015, UPF-Nepal hosted a delegation from the Sunhak Peace Prize Committee. 


Europeans, Eurasians Hold Fifth Dialogue in Vienna

October 31, 2015

Vienna, Austria—More than 150 people attended the fifth Eurasia-Europe Dialogue, which took place on October 30 and 31, 2015, at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.


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. 


UPF-Argentina Recognized at International Congress

April 15, 2015

Buenos Aires, Argentina—UPF-Argentina was recognized for its work at the Second International Ecological and Literary Congress on the theme "For Peace and Natural Balance," held on April 15, 2015.