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The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) - UK held a unique and special 'Legacy of Peace' event to commemorate and celebrate the life and work of notable Ambassadors for Peace within a one day conference examining 'Forgiveness and Reconciliation'. In attendance in the Columbia Hotel, Lancaster Gate, London were people from all faith backgrounds and leaders and pioneers in interfaith. That itself spoke for the idea that no one religion has a monopoly on God or goodness and that this event was truly a collective offering and one that undoubtedly brought joy to our Creator.
Those whose lives were honoured in a moving ceremony were leading “Ambassadors for Peace” who passed away in recent years including Sheikh Dr Zaki Badawi, Prof. Ninian Smart, Mr OP Sharma MBE, Prof Anthony Flew and Mr. Maurice Geoghegan and several prominent international figures who had been close friends of the UPF and Father and Mother Moon including Pres. Abdurrahman Wahid, a former president of Indonesia, Shaykh Hassan Cissé of Senegal and Dr. Laxmi Mall Singhvi. Mr. Hédi Annabi, a Tunisian diplomat and head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, who died in the 2010 Haitian earthquake and the one hundred UN workers who died alongside Mr. Annabi were also remembered. (Photos)
An Ambassador for Peace award was presented to Professor Dr Stephen Hyer said, 'I feel honoured and privileged to receive this award. I was part of British aid, or Overseas Development Aid, when I worked in African hospitals for example in Mallawi. We got our salary paid by the British Government. Our legacy is still there because I do go back from time to time. It is not all bad but we could do a lot better.'
On May 11th 2010 Mr Om Parkash Sharma MBE passed away. Mr Sharma (middle in photo) was a great friend of the Universal Peace Federation and an Ambassador for Peace. His funeral was today. Hearing more about his life from his family members extended our understanding of his kindness to a much wider realm of his life. He was able to touch so many people with his compassion and care.
Ruth Tanner is Campaigns and Policy Director at War on Want. War on Want fights poverty in developing countries in partnership and solidarity with people affected by globalisation and campaigns against the root causes of global poverty, inequality and injustice.
David and Marie Fairbank were presented the Ambassador for Peace award on April 26th, 2010. They are involved in a number of humanitarian projects particularly in recycling projects. David Fairbank is a retired inventor who designed projects for communities in developing countries to create low cost housing, electricity and jobs.