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United Nations Relations

As an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the Universal Peace Federation promotes interfaith understanding, sustainable development, strengthening of marriage and family, mediation of conflict, the empowerment of women and the revitalization of the UN. UPF supports the goals of the UN with programs on occasions such as:

Hamburg, Germany - Around 20 people of different faiths and cultures attended a program organized by UPF-Germany to mark the International Day for Tolerance. In 1995 UNESCO declared this day with the intention of replacing the culture of war with a culture of peace. The UPF program, held on Nov. 12, 2013, in the city of Hamburg, began with a performance of music written by Mozart played on violin and piano.

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Boussé, Burkina Faso - A conference commemorating UN Human Rights Day took place at the House of Youth in Bousse on Dec. 14 on the theme of "The role of family education in promoting human rights and lasting peace."

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Cotonou, Benin - Events in Cotonou and Ouidah celebrated UN International Human Solidarity Day, Dec. 21, 2013, in cooperation with government ministers and the UN representative in Benin.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina - UPF-Argentina organized a tribute to the grandmothers at the San José Nursing Home in Ciudadela (Buenos Aires), Oct. 17, 2013, in observance of the UN International Day of Older Persons.

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The Hague, Netherlands - UPF and the Women's Federation for World Peace-Netherlands organized an observance of UN Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, 2013, at Christus Triumphatorkerk in The Hague.

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New York, USA - A first ladies high-level forum on “Building Bridges for Peace and Health Disability” took place Sept. 24, 2013, as a side event during the opening of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly.

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Volunteer recognition programs took place in Argentina and Pakistan to honor International Volunteer Day, Dec. 5, 2012, and in Russia an online forum included participants from Austria and Israel.

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UPF chapters in Australia and Japan organized forums on the UN International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, June 26, 2011.

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Tbilisi, Georgia - On the UN International Day for Tolerance, Nov. 16, Jacques Marion gave a talk to students from the “Club of Future Diplomats” of the Faculty of International Relations at the Free University of Georgia.

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UPF chapters in Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Peru, and Russia organized events on UN Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, 2012, in response to the UN's appeal to "Make your voice count!"

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UPF chapters held educational programs to mark the UN International Day of Tolerance, Nov. 16, 2012 in Estonia, Pakistan and Russia.

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Prague, Czech Republic - On December 10, UPF-Czech Republic held a half-day conference in commemoration of Human Rights Day 2013.

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Johann Hinterleitner, Secretary General of UPF-Estonia, offered educational programs at schools in Kärdla and Käina on the occasion of the UN International Day for Tolerance, Nov. 16. Estonia’s second largest island, Hiiumaa, is home to some 8,000 people with two high schools (gymnasiums) in the two largest settlements.

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Related to the UN International Day for Tolerance, Nov. 16, lessons about tolerance were taught at a school in Ryazan, and polls and role-playing experiences gave insights into tolerance in Novosibirsk.

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UPF organized observances of UN Day, Oct. 24, 2012, in Georgia and Russia to publicize the aims and achievements of the United Nations.

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Tbilisi, Georgia - UPF-Georgia commemorated United Nations Day—the anniversary of the adoption of the Charter of the United Nations—at several educational events for students in the capital, Tbilisi, in October.

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UPF-Russia organized celebrations of United Nations Day, Oct. 24, in Moscow and Novosibirsk. This annual commemoration reminds the global community of the huge contributions that the United Nations has made to preserving peace and supporting common progress. In 2013, Russians acutely recognized the important role of the UN especially during this year’s crises on the neighboring Korean peninsula and in Syria.

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UPF chapters in Argentina, Paraguay and Russia organized celebrations of the International Day of Friendship, July 30, 2012, established last year by the UN.

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Multan, Pakistan - On December 5, the Society for the Promotion of Education and Awareness (SEAP Pakistan) in collaboration with UPF and Religious Youth Service commemorated International Volunteer Day, celebrating their commitment and hope for a better world.

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The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, May 21, 2013, was observed at an international concert for veterans in Siberia and a lesson about Azerbaijani culture in Russia's Far East.

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Khabarovsk, Russia - Representatives of UPF-Far East Russia organized a variety of activiities at Gymnasium No. 8 in Khabarovsk in celebration of Earth Day, April 22, 2013.

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Lima, Peru - UPF-Peru organized a commemoration of Human Rights Day in the Peruvian Congress on December 7, co-sponsored by Congressman Dr. Yonhy Lescano Ancieta.

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Khabarovsk, Russia - World Water Day was the theme of lessons conducted by UPF activists at gymnasium №8 in Khabarovsk on March 22, 2013.

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Tbilisi, GeorgiaUPF-Georgia conducted trainings in Tbilisi on “Stop Racism – Take Action” and an Interracial Soccer Tournament to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21, 2013.

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