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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:

Lima, Peru - UPF Peru has celebrated the International Day of Peace every year since 2005. On September 21, 2007, once again we held an event in the Congress (Parliament) of Peru. In a cooperative meeting arranged with Congresswoman Sra. Margarita Sucari of Puno an interfaith and inter-party meeting was opened at 11.00 am by the Senior Vice President of Congress, Sr. Aldo Estrada.

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New York, USA - The Universal Peace Federation hosted a ‘Legacy of Peace’ program at the United Nations March 18 to honor the lives of Hédi Annabi, the UN Chief of Mission recently killed with 100 other UN personnel in the Haiti earthquake, and seven other prominent individuals associated with UPF who recently passed away and whose lives were dedicated to peace.

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We need to reform the Security Council of the United Nations to reflect the reality of the world today," said Dr. Sukehiro Hasegawa, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Timor-Leste at a November 2007 forum for diplomats, politicians, and peace activists in Tokyo.

The forum was organized by the Japanese chapter of the Universal Peace Federation, a New York-based non-governmental organization that encourages dialogue and reconciliation among conflicting parties in various parts of the world. One item on the group's agenda is UN reform, particularly in rallying support for more active involvement of religious or moral leadership in solving international disputes, including the Middle East crisis.

Hasegawa served in the UN system for 37 years, including engagements in the violent and confusing fields of Somalia, Rwanda and Timor-Leste. Thus, he is one of few Japanese well qualified to talk about the merits and weaknesses of the international body from his own personal experience.

On a number of occasions he found himself in the middle of a conflict, with tragedy unfolding in front of his own eyes. Among the events that still torment him were the killings in Rwanda in 1994, in which the United Nations estimates hundreds of thousands of civilians lost their lives, including many women and children. A Rwandan diplomat at the forum called it "a complete failure of the UN operation."

Hasegawa recalled the reality in the field, explaining that the Security Council is very much in charge of field operations in times of crisis. "You just cannot get necessary authorization from the Security Council in a timely manner" to deal with changing situations, he said.

This is because, as he put it, "The Security Council reflects the views of very divergent groups of this planet." Thus, in order to make UN peace operations more effective, he urged the dozens of diplomats present at the forum, including several ambassadors to Japan, to press ahead with reform of the United Nations in general and the Security Council in particular.

The United Nations is now engaged in 17 peacekeeping operations around the world, mostly in Africa and the Middle East, including the recently sanctioned mission in Darful, Sudan. Some 67,000 personnel from 103 countries are mobilized under the UN mandate.

According to Hasegawa, who now teaches at a couple of colleges including the UN University based in Tokyo, the United Nations' role in the peacemaking process has evolved significantly, especially since the end of the Cold War.

From a mere disengagement force as in the Korean peninsula, UN peacekeepers are now called upon to perform military, humanitarian, emergency and nation-building activities, sometimes virtually taking over the sovereign rights of the countries in which they operate.

Geneva, Switzerland - Three side events were held during Sessions 27 of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Sept. 12-16, 2014, in support of the Resolution on the Protection of the Family.

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Gama, Brazil - On UN International Volunteer Day, Dec. 5, 2008, volunteers planted trees and cleaned public spaces in Gama, a satellite city of Brasilia, they also collected food to send to Santa Catarina's disaster area.

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The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations hosted an Interfaith Breakfast on February 3 to help launch World Interfaith Harmony Week. Monica Willard, President of the Committee of Religious NGOs, saw the Week as an excellent project for RNGOs to demonstrate their commitment to interfaith solidarity and support of the goals of the United Nations.

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Melbourne, Australia - Delegates from over 70 nations attended the 63rd Annual UN Department of Public Information/NGO Conference in Melbourne Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2010 on achieving the MDGs.

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Multan, Pakistan - Sixty-four years after the founding of Pakistan, fundamentalist and extremist ideologies have come to dominate the country, and the minorities who make up four percent of Pakistan’s populace of 180 million are subject to prejudice, exclusion, and violent discrimination. To counter extremism, the Society for the Promotion of Education and Awareness commemorated the International Day forTolerance on November 16 at the Shellan Guest House in Multan.

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On December 1, in the city of Gama, the Community Health Agents and GPF staff participated in a parade announcing the Global Peace Festival in Brazil on December 7.

As part of an educational campaign in honor of World AIDS Day, we delivered flyers to people at the bus terminal about how to prevent HIV / AIDS. Approximately 100 volunteers participated in the parade and spent the day talking to people about AIDS prevention.

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Geneva, Switzerland - “Since the crisis hit in 2008, some 53 million people in the developing world have fallen below the poverty line and more than 100 million additional people are going hungry" This was reported at the second annual public symposium of the UN Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva May 10-11.

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Vienna, Austria -The Atomic Bomb Awareness Day was observed at the International Centre in Vienna on August 8, 2014, by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and organized by UPF-Austria, the Academic Council of the United Nations System, and event founder Yuko Gulda.

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New York, USA - With the beginning of the new year, the Universal Peace Federation wishes to thank all its international and local chapters, Ambassadors for Peace, and all those working for the sake of peace for their great efforts in 2009. Even more importantly, we should pause to take a moment to consider the challenges and opportunities facing the cause of peace in the years ahead.

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New York, USA - The Global Citizen Forum and UPF jointly organized a high-level dinner on June 12, 2014 for a group of United Nations associates and friends of UPF.

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The family has great capacities to encourage and promote education, empowerment of women, essential social skills, job skills and literacy. All are necessary conditions for a realistic and successful sustainable  development agenda. Thus, the family is a driver of sustainability and must be included in the implementation of the sustainable development goals.

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Families thrive in cultures that uphold the value of parents and affirm the virtues that enhance family relationships such as commitment, personal responsibility, respect, fidelity, filial piety and empathy. It is only when we take the family seriously as the unique resource of love, guidance, principles, compassion and human connection that we may start to address a root cause of human weakness. The family must be recognized as key for global and human well-being.

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New York, USA - An event entitled, “Peaceful Action through Reconciliation” was held at Pace University, in honor of United Nations Day and the 2009 UN Week of Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns on Oct. 28, 2009.

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As the UN General Assembly held its annual meeting in New York Sept. 23 to 30, 2009, UPF leaders held consultations with heads of delegations of Palau, Tanzania, Nepal, Kenya, and Guinea to discuss potential projects.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina—UPF-Argentina celebrated the UN International Day of Friendship with events in two cities: Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata, where 18 new Ambassadors for Peace were appointed. 

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A UN General Assembly resolution reaffirmed that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace and proclaimed the first week of February of every year the World Interfaith Harmony Week between all religions, faiths and beliefs.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina - “The human spirit can be much stronger” is part of the message of the UN International Day of Friendship 2014, which is very similar to the feeling conveyed by UPF-Argentina on the celebration in the Buenos Aires headquarters on July 30.

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New York, USA - About 700 people from 50 countries took part in the sixth Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations Aug. 5-7, 2009.

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Young leaders from various faiths marked Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, 2008, by advocating for human rights and dignity at forums in the UK and at the UN Headquarters in Switzerland and the US.

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Geneva, Switzerland - The UN Economic and Social Council High Level Segment that met in Geneva July 6-9, 2009, focused on many health-related issues. 

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New York, USA - With recent abductions of Nigerian girls by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, attention has focused human trafficking. A June 11, 2014 forum at the UN in New York asked what religious leaders can do to end exploitation of women and girls.

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