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Ambassador for Peace News

Dr Husna Ahmad OBE

UPF would like to extend our congratulations to Dr Husna Ahmad OBE.

Chief Executive Dr Husna Ahmad named in Birthday Honours List

“The Board and staff of the (Faith Regen) Foundation are overjoyed to note that their Chief Executive’s work has been recognised in the award of an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.  Husna has led our organisation with skill and energy through difficult times and was always motivated in wanting to overcome poverty and to do whatever was necessary to help people take a decent place in the world.

Her skill and determination was first recognised in the award of a Doctorate but alongside her successful career she has contributed to her husband Saif’s equally distinguished attainments and being mother to their six talented children. On behalf of the Board and staff we congratulate Husna and believe that this is not a concluding award but a signal for even greater achievements to come.”

Brian A Mc Andrew:  Executive Chair, Faith Regen Foundation

Anil Bhanot OBEAnil Bhanot received an OBE during the Queen's Birthday Honours. He served as the General Secretary of the Hindu Council - UK.

Anil Bhanot has been active in interfaith relations in the UK for many years. He has supported UPF events for a number of years. UPF Secretariat want to extend our congratulations for this deserved award.

Mr OP Sharma MBE (middle) in the Old City of Jerusalem

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. 

Read more: In Memoriam: Mr Om Parkash Sharma MBE

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David and Marie Fairbank Ambassador for Peace AwardDavid 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. 

 

Read more: David and Marie Fairbank Ambassador for Peace award

Legacy of Peace - Silent Prayer

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)

Read more: Legacy of Peace London UK

Dr Stephen Hyer Receives an Ambassador for Peace AwardAn 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.'

Read more: Dr Stephen Hyer Ambassador for Peace Award