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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:

New York, USA - In preparation for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, June 20-22, 2012, UPF staff participated in a June 4 forum at the New York Office of UNITAR (UN Institute for Training and Research).

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New York, USA - The magnificent qualities of the human heart, expressed through service to the UN, was celebrated during the Week of Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, Oct. 22-25, 2012.

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New York, USA - A UN-US Symposium convened from April 27-28, 2003, at the New Yorker Hotel and the United Nations Headquarters with the theme, Working Together to Solve Critical Global Problems.

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New York, USA - UPF staff participated in a Feb. 10, 2012 workshop entitled “Key Issues for the Negotiation of the Arms Trade Treaty,” co-sponsored by the UN Institute for Training and Research and the Permanent Mission of Australia.

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New York, USA - Amb. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, president of the 66th Session of the UN General Asembly, received UPF's prestigious Leadership and Good Governance Award at a special Award Ceremony in New York Nov. 15, 2012.

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The UN International Year of Reconciliation, 2009, was commemorated with events organized by UPF chapters in Argentina, Austria, Czech Republic, Japan, Lebanon, and Russia.

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During the UN's International Year of People of African Descent, UPF chapters organized celebrations of Africa Day, May 25, 2011 showcasing African culture and honoring people of African descent living in ten nations.

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Seoul, Korea - The prestigious UPF Leadership and Good Governance Award was presented in Seoul on March 24 to Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, the Nigerian-born scholar and diplomat who currently serves as the Joint African Union-United Nations Special Representative for Darfur.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina - “United by Faith” by Adelina Carrion (Painting: ages 18 and older); “Meeting of the heart” by Mabel Fontau (Drawing: ages 18 and older); “Peace in our hearts” by Sun Corsi (Painting: ages 5 to 17); and “Family: The Key to peace” by Rosalinda Vallejos (Drawing: ages 5 to 17) were selected as first prize winners in the Drawing and Painting Contest “Life Is the Art of the Encounter.” Winners were announced at the International Day of Friendship celebration in Buenos Aires on July 30.

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An International Symposium on the United States and the United Nations Oct. 22, 2007, encouraged fruitful dialogue on United Nations Day.

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan - A series of lessons and an exhibition of children’s creative talents commemorated Universal Children's Day, Nov. 20, 2012.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - UPF-Brazil and partner organizations participated in interfaith events during the People's Summit Rio+20 June 15-22, 2102.

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Moscow, Russia - UPF participated in a round-table forum on Nelson Mandela Day, July 18, 2012, at the State Library of Russia.

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New York, USA - At the opening of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly in Sept. 2012, UPF leaders met with delegations from Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Mali, and Egypt.

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Ryazan, Russia - The Ryazan Regional Children’s Library hosted a celebration of the International Day of Friendship, July 27 for adults and children representing different nationalities and faiths. The children made drawings on the theme of friendship, which were displayed at the library, and enjoyed music, dancing, and poetry.

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Vienna, Austria - A conference on “Culture as a Basic Element for Sustainable Development and Human Rights” took place at the Vienna International Centre July 6, 2012.

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London, England - "We are the product of 14 1/2 billion years of evolution, but the next 14 1/2 years will prove if we are viable as a species,"' stated Lawrence Bloom at a World Environment Day program in London on June 4, 2010.

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New York, USA - The Week of Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, Oct. 20-28, 2011, focused on visionary leadership as a key to solve the challenges facing the United Nations and the world.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina - Under the motto “Life Is the Art of Meeting,” UPF-Argentina celebrated International Friendship Day at the Peace Embassy in Buenos Aires on Aug. 5, 2011.

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Ialoveni, Moldova - A seminar for educators on “The Family for Peace and Human Development” took place on the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Nov. 24, 2011.

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UPF applauds the UN and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012, to address problems linked to unsustainable economic models.

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Paris, France - A European Leadership Conference took place at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris April 12-13, 2012, with the theme "A New Vision for Peace and Human Development."

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New York, USA - “Women and the World at a Turning Point”, a parallel event of the UN’s 55th Commission on the Status of Women was held at the Nigeria House on March 2, 2011, hosted by H.E. Mrs. Joy Ogwu, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN.

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Moscow, Russia - A  UPF-Eurasia conference on “Solidarity as a Fundamental Value of Humankind in the 21st Century” was related to International Human Solidarity Day, Dec. 17, 2011

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