The Universal Peace Federation (#UPF) held an International Leadership Conference (ILC) in Seoul, South Korea from the 18th to 21st of February. Featuring the UPF’s recent initiatives, the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (#IAPP) and the Inter-religious Association for Peace and Development (#IAPD), the ILC considered strategies that could resolve difficult world issues. One Session entitled, “The Vision and Role of the IAPP for the Settlement of Peace on the Korean Peninsula” was convened in the conference hall of the Korean National Assembly Members with over 150 parliamentarians from 70 nations participating.
Distinguished speakers attended a conference hosted by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF - UK) and the Women’s Federation For World Peace UK in collaboration to promote gender equality and the elimination of violence against women.
The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK convened an event on the theme, ‘How Do We Stop The Next War?’ at its’ London HQ on the 21st September that is an annual commemoration of the value and significance of international peace. Humphrey Hawksley, writer, commentator and journalist, gave the keynote speech proposing themes from his upcoming book. Mark Brann, former Universal Peace Federation Europe Secretary General responded along with His Excellency Mr Sayakane Sisouvong, Ambassador of the Embassy of Laos, who commented in a personal capacity.
'Radicalisation and Violent Extremism in Europe: Focus on Prevention' December 5th, Brussels. This was hosted by the Universal Peace Federation - Europe, the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace, Human Rights Without Frontiers and Women's Federation for World Peace.
We were very sad that people lost their lives or were seriously injured yesterday, particularly the unarmed Police Officer who was killed at a gate I have passed by many times. Those hurt were from many nations including the US, France, Romania, South Korea as well as the UK. The incident happened just before 3 pm. We were to have the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) International Women’s Day (IWD) event at 5.30 in Parliament passing through security from 5 pm. Some of our guests went early to Parliament and were held inside Parliament for several hours in lock down with all the Parliamentarians and their staff. We had to change our event to Lancaster Gate and catch as many people as possible very quickly when we heard the news. We had a wonderful programme commemorating International Women's Day.
Thirty-five UPF members and guests gathered in Livingstone House, Bromley to launch a local branch of UPF in the Bromley region, which includes the boroughs of Lewisham, Bexley and Greenwich, serving over one million residents. In Bromley alone there are over 500 active charities and voluntary organisations: UPF’s task is to discover what could be our unique contribution to this community.
Universal Peace Federation UK held a Board of Directors meeting at 43 Lancaster Gate, London. It was a very good opportunity to discuss priorities and review a wide range of activities. There is a working draft calendar of events and some potential for opening new branches of UPF within the UK.