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Peace and Development

Universal Peace Federation

Universal Peace Federation (UPF) - UK

Ambassador for Peace Meeting

6 pm  Tuesday, 29th July 2014

43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA

'A Personal Relationship With God As a Source of Peace'


Please join us on Tuesday July 29th to study together one of the UPF's five principles,

This principle relates to the UPF slogan that 'Humankind is One Family Under God'. God is a loving parent of humankind. This parent - child relationship being a central core to the universe. This establishes a family model of humankind that places rights and responsibilities on family members. There is a source of fundamental rejuvenation, a well spring of life that can be trusted and relied upon through our relationship with our heavenly parent. Faith based organisations can be very effective when the approach is serve all of humanity centred upon God's parental love.

Read more: Monthly Ambassador for Peace Meeting 29th July

Ambassador for Peace Gathering We had an Ambassador for Peace gathering last night to discuss the five core Peace Principles Universal Peace Federation (UPF) promotes. The presentation was based on the UPF powerpoint Ambassador for Peace Peace Principles

To begin the evening we ran the updated UPF introduction video. Someone who came for the first time, a former Bahrain MP, described his experience at a UPF International Leadership Conference in South Korea. A journalist explained his previous conflict resolution activities in west Africa. These were followed by  some very heart-moving personal testimonies.

IWD 2014 Margaret Ali with Baroness Verma

At the Universal Peace Federation's (UPF) International Women's Day 2014 event in the UK's House of Lords, Margaret Keverian Ali, a Director of UPF UK, spoke of the role of women from a UPF perspective. Co-founded by Father and Mother Moon in 2005, UPF is currently guided by Mother Moon* after the ascension (passing) of Father Moon almost 2 years ago.

Read more: The Role of Women At This Time - UPF Perspective

End Sexual Violence in Conflict - Global SummitYesterday many Ambassadors for Peace and friends of Universal Peace Federation were attending the Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict Global Summit in ExCel centre, London.

As well as the headline leaders of this initiative, Angelina Jolie and William Hague, thousands of UN staff, government officials and NGO representatives took part in a series of expert conferences to highlight both the importance of removing impunity for sexual violence in conflict and the best practices for investigation, documentation and bringing cases to a successful conclusion.

In several instances women panelists or delegates explained that they had been raped and described the painful process of healing both physically and psychologically. Dr Denis Mukwege shared about the work of his Panzi hospital in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, to heal women from the scars of rape in what has been described as the 'rape capital' of the world. He told me of attempts on his life in 2010 that had almost stopped him from working at one stage.

Read more: Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

'Some Perspectives on Genocide' - By Desmond Fernandes.[i]

Presented at the 'Holocaust Commemoration and Genocide Awareness' meeting, the House of Commons, Committee Room 16, Westminster, 4th February 2014. Organised by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and hosted by Mr Virendra Sharma, MP.

Desmond Fernandes, in his presentation, highlighted some of the key perspectives of Raphael Lemkin (who coined the neologism genocide), Khatchatur Pilikian, Gregory Stanton and John Docker on genocide. Pilikian, on the occasion of Hrant Dink Day on 19th January 2010, had observed that:

Our turbulent times ... will soon teach us new lessons, granted we are willing to learn and act upon it. As the Preamble of the Verdict of the prestigious Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal of April 16th 1984 concludes: ‘Indeed, acknowledging genocide itself is a fundamental means of struggling against genocide. The acknowledgement is itself an affirmation of the right of a people under international law to a safeguarded existence’.

 

Read more: Some Perspectives on Genocide

Malmo Islamic Centre

Celebrating Swedish National Day in the Malmo Islamic Centre. It was an honour to have been invited to speak during this programme representing the Universal Peace Federation. The Islamic Centre is famous for its involvement in Malmo public life. Eric Ullenhaag, the Government Minister for Integration, addressed the gathering after the Friday midday prayers.

Read more: Swedish National Day in Malmo Islamic Centre

Dr Walter SchwimmerWalter Schwimmer is the Former Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Chairman of the International Coordinating Committee of the World Public Forum – Dialogue of Civilizations. He gave this speech in Japan during a series of Universal Peace Federation events.

What is Europe? Looking at the map, strictly speaking, and from a geographic point of view, it is not a continent at all but a mere peninsula tacked onto Asia, the Western-most outreach of Eurasia, while Japan is the Eastern-most one. Europe has been considered since ancient times a continent with a strong cultural identity, despite its huge variety of nations, languages, features, landscape and religious beliefs. You will find in Europe 49 states, 200 languages, and several religious affiliations: Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christians, Muslims, Jews and even Buddhists; there are Latin, Germanic, Slavic and Ottoman traditions, and others. But for millennia this Europe was far from forming unity and providing peace.

Read more: The European Dream