Introduction to the Universal Peace Federation
Madi Sharma, the UK Representative for the European Economic and Social Council, spoke on the topic of domestic violence, a problem that affects one in three women in the world. She opened with the thought provoking statement, “a woman is like a teabag, you don't know her value until you put her in hot water”.
This House of Parliment, has Lords and Ladies, working toward gender equality. It has witnessed property debates for centuries. Discussions centered on how to acquire and hold on to wealth and status to maintain a very hight standard of living(of manor born). Probably, the small population of this house is a part of one percent. According to millions of citizens,the rest of the ninety percent of the world population have been recently inprotest marches in a large number of cities across the developed and developing countriesof the world economy.At this moment in history, the majority of the population has an uncertain future asthey areunemployed and have precariousjobs and whose livelihoods have become vulnerable and are in the balance in an increasingly unstable world economy. According to the latest figures of the United Nations Fund For Population Activities (UNFPA) approximately sixty percent of the population are women.They are not a minority, but they are treated as such in most countries in law and in practice. If women arethe majority in most societies, this shouldmean that according to democratic principles, they should participate in major political decisions, particularly of declaring war and negotiating peace.
Mark Brann, European Secretary General of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and Taeko Duckworth, Vice-President of Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) UK explained the original vision and types of activities of their organisations both globally and within Europe.
Prof. Akiko Yamanaka
Former Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan
Political dynamics in the international arena have changed radically since the end of the cold war. Both developed and developing countries need to establish a new security framework in order to fulfill their roles as leading members of a peaceful world community.After the cold war, the international landscape has been extensively marked by increasing ethnic and religious conflicts, drugs, terrorism, a proliferation in weapons of mass destruction in certain countries and the prevalence of new disease. In addition to these global issues, newly tangible phenomena such as pirates, oil spills, the financial crash, cyber terrorism and natural disasters like tsunamis, earthquakes, droughts, floods, forest fires, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, typhoon as well as the scramble for natural resources can jeopardize peace and stability at anytime, anywhere on the earth.
“I have lived my life with just one thought – I wanted to bring about a world of peace.”
This is the central precept that has motivated the life of Father Moon, the founder of UPF and the source of inspiration behind the dedicated UPF staff who organize the European Leadership Conferences. In a deeply moving presentation on the life of Father Moon, European Vice-chair Mr Timothy Miller drew extensively on the recently published autobiography of the UPF Founder, tracing his origins from his birth in a rural location in Japanese-occupied Korea in 1920 through unspeakable hardships as he sought to fulfill his profound spiritual mission.