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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:

Kabul, Afghanistan - UPF-Afghanistan worked with the Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan to promote character education and celebrate Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, 2010.

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Stuttgart, Germany - The House of Religion in Stuttgart invited representatives of several faiths to address a forum on the International Day of Human Rights, Dec. 10, 2011.

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Tbilisi, Georgia - Educational programs for students in Tbilisi took place in observance of the UN International Day for Tolerance, Nov. 16, 2011.

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UPF-Russia organized "Run Hour" events, academic forums, social events and interactive learning experiences on the UN International Day for Tolerance, Nov. 16, 2011.

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Tbilisi, Georgia - Students in Tbilisi learned about the UN's work and discussed ways to build peace on United Nations Day, Oct. 24, 2011.

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UPF chapters in Khabarovsk, Ryazan, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg organized celebrations of United Nations Day, Oct. 24, 2011.

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Yekaterinburg, Russia - UPF-Russia held meetings in Yekaterinburg on Oct. 11 and 12 to discuss the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures, 2013-2022, established by the UN General Assembly. Yekaterinburg, a city in the Ural region, lies on the border between Europe and Asia and has historically been a meeting point of cultures.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina - A conference on “Water: Source of Life and Benefit for Everyone” took place in Buenos Aires on March 22, 2010 in observance of World Water Day.

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Moscow, Russia - The Russian National Peace Council observed the UN World Refugee Day on June 20, 2009 with a discussion about refugees and internally displaced persons in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

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Novosibirsk, Siberia - Students from universities in the Urals and Siberia traveled to Novosibirsk to spend three days playing roles of diplomats from nations around the world addressing issues of cyber security, drug abuse, and the situation in Afghanistan.

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras - In the Central Park of Tegucigalpa, the power of volunteerism was celebrated on Dec. 5, 2008 at the foot of the statue of the great Central American statesman, Francisco Morazán.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina - The International Day of Friendship 2013 was an appropriate opportunity to continue with one of the initiatives of UPF, appointing 15 new Ambassadors for Peace at the Peace Embassy in Buenos Aires on July 30.

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Almaty, Kazakhstan - Ambassadors for Peace met at the Peace Embassy in Almaty on Nov. 18, 2010 in observance of the UN International Day of Tolerance.

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Moscow, Russia - Konstantin Zharinov, coordinator of the North-East Asia Peace Initiative for UPF-Russia, played the role of an expert in relations between North and South Korea during a Model UN hosted by the Russian Humanitarian University in Moscow. This fourth annual student simulation of UN proceedings took place from November 30 to December 3 and was attended by 140 students from Moscow, Novosibirsk, and Kaliningrad.

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St. Petersburg, Russia - An annual youth conference commemorating World AIDS Day took place at the Youth House in St. Petersburg on Nov. 30, 2010.

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On the occasion of World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2010, UPF-Estonia organized an event in a rural high school.

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Yekaterinburg, Ryazan, and Kondopoga Russia - Representatives of UPF took part in discussions, debates, and an interreligious gathering in honor of the UN International Day of Tolerance, Nov. 16, 2010.

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Chennai, India - On Sept. 21, 2007, UPF, Religious Youth Service and the Gandhian Institutions Chennai commemorated the International Day of Peace in Chennai.

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Reykjavik, Iceland - On Oct. 2, 2010, UPF-Iceland joined hundreds of peace activists in the capital of Iceland to commemorate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and the International Day of Nonviolence.

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Tallinn, Estonia - On World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2009, UPF-Estonia held an event in support of the efforts made by the United Nations to raise awareness of the suffering caused by this disease.

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Chennai, India - Interreligious prayers for peace, non-violence and ceasefire marked the International Day of Peace observance in Chennai on Sept. 21, 2006.

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Novosibirsk, Russia - The UN International Day of Friendship was celebrated In the Novosibirsk House of Veterans on July 30 On the initiative of UPF-Siberia, volunteers gathered together to create a "Flowerbed of Peace" and offer it as a gift to the veterans. The central activity was creation of the flowerbed styled as the map of the world with the Pacific Ocean in the center instead of the traditional Atlantic Ocean, as a symbol of peace.

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The International Year of the Rapprochement of Cultures, 2010, was commemorated with events organized by UPF chapters in Argentina, Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, and Russia.

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Vienna, Austria - "Culture and Creative Economy as Basic Elements for Sustainability" was the topic of a forum at the Vienna International Center (UN headquarters in Vienna) on July 5. It was part of a broad celebration called "Áustria Brasil em Movimento - CarnaViena 2013" organized by ABRASA, an Austro-Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian organization that fosters education, cultural activities, and social integration.

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