Introduction to the Universal Peace Federation
UPF Peace Council
Written by Robin Marsh
Universal Peace Federation UK Peace Council
43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA
10.30 am Saturday 5th December, 2015
Dear Ambassadors for Peace and Friends,
We wondered if you were interested in the upcoming meeting. It would be nice to see you. If you are limited for time just come for a short time and meet the people.
We would like to invite you to the annual year end gathering as a follow up and a preparation for next year. One of the central themes of the development of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) is the Peace Council that was proposed at the founding of the UPF as a place for people from many backgrounds to join together to discuss goals and strategies that can influence a nation or a city in a good direction. It was proposed as a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences.
The Peace Council was proposed as the forum to bring together national level people of many backgrounds in order to pool their efforts. UPF in the UK is known for holding events and activities such as commemorating special UN Days such as World Interfaith Harmony Week, UN Day of the Girl, International Women's Day, World Interfaith Harmony Week, Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict, Youth Engagement in Politics, as well as Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change conferences. We are also known for human rights events, interfaith activities, promotion of the family and the development of Youth UPF. We are a partner of Parliament Week and Youth UPF held a workshop on youth political understanding during Parliament Week 2015. We have held a series of events to raise awareness of human rights issues of sexual violence in eastern DR Congo and Conflict Minerals.
During this Peace Council 2015 we will have contributions from some of the Directors of UPF. They will explain a three year activity and fundraising plan for 2016 – 2018. We have a plan to focus on inter-religious programmes, Importance of the Family and how help strengthen the Family, finally on Peace building, centred on Inter Religious, Inter Racial and Inter Communal, Cooperation as well as Peace Activities.
There will be contributions from several Ambassadors for Peace. These will include Cecilia Hallstrom from Malmo Central Mosque in Sweden and Saoussen Ben Cheikh who will explain her work on the Turkish border with Syria with refugees from the Syrian conflict. She has been working with Medicin Sans Frontiere for several years and now working with another Turkish local charity. There will be a few reports / models of good practice including Birmingham and South London. There will be reports from Charlotte Simon about the work with issues and humanitarian projects relating to DR Congo.
You will be joining Ambassadors for Peace, UPF members and activists from different parts of the UK. There will be a number of notable speakers present on the day who have been part of our regular activities throughout the year.
Annual Membership is only £30 if you join before the Peace Council (or at the reception desk on the day), where entrance to the Peace Council will be £5 instead of £12 to cover lunch costs. Tickets can be bought online in advance to reserve your place through this link. Otherwise it will cost £12 to attend the Peace Council. Please let us know any dietary requirements.
RSVP to reserve your place. We look forward to meeting you on Saturday.
We look forward to your positive response.
Robin Marsh, Margaret Ali and Joyce Suda
Universal Peace Federation (UPF) - UK
Welcome Margaret Ali, Director UPF
Dr David Earle: Chairman of UK-UPF Board and Birmingham UPF
Robin Marsh Secretary General, UK - UPF
Activities Robin Marsh and Margaret Ali
Tally Koren – Inspirational Singer
Keith Best: UPF Director
Nicola Bailey – UPF Director
Mark Brann - International UPF Activities
Binod Dangi – UPF Secretary General for Nepal - Nepal Peace Project
Sir Iftikhar Ayaz OBE, Honorary Consul of Tuvalu
Youth UPF Group
Ambassador for Peace Awards
Mark Brann: UPF Peace Initiatives
Dr. Lul Seyoum: Eritrea
Cecilia Hallstrom: Islamic Centre of Malmo
James Tang: UPF Sustainable Development Goals Committee
Charlotte Simon: Founder of Mothers of Congo
Dr David Earle: Chairman of UPF Board and Birmingham UPF
Baldev Singh-Bains: Sikh Council UK and Dr David Earle - Integration Service Learning
Annerose Adams, South London UPF
Justina Mutale – Justina Mutale Leadership Foundation
Sheikh Dr Hojjat Ramzy - UPF Director, Chair of the Education Committee of the Muslim Council of Britain.