Youth Achievement Awards will be presented to deserving young adults on July 1st from 5.00 pm in Committee Room 14, the House of Commons. At this event we will present the Youth Achievement Awards (YAA) to young people of various backgrounds, and hear them explain their activities. At this event we will present an Ambassador for Peace award to the inspiring Pauline Long.
Singer songwriter Tally Koren will perform her song 'Free Will' during the programme as part of a campaign to inspire people to fulfil their dreams.
Please see the explanation of the Youth Achievement Awards here - http://bit.ly/1jKrHTR
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Yesterday 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.
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.
Africa Day 2014 was commemorated yesterday with a range of opinions, music, and dreams in 43 Lancaster Gate, Universal Peace Federation's UK Headquarters. Co-hosted by Pauline Long and Robin Marsh with Mr Ahmed Shebani from Libya, Charlotte Simon from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Pauline Long from Kenya the evening provided a variety of insights and dreams of the current and potential Africa. Event Photo link
The Universal Peace Federation is a partner with the African Union to commemorate Africa Day. A video introduction to UPF included a clip of an event in Manhattan that featured the UN Secretary General in last years Africa Day celebration.
Renowned scholar Professor Akbar Ahmed is on a tour around Europe on a research project to write a book on, 'Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Empire'. Last night UPF-UK had the honour to host one of the programmes on the tour. The tour is being supported by 'Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue' represented by Prof. Peter Morey and others last night. One of Prof. Ahmed's team, Asmaa Soliman, who is also a core team member of YouthUPF, was the MC and one of the main organisers of the event.
Professor Ahmed explains, 'The lessons of a society in which different religions and cultures can live together, create art together, and worship freely while respecting each other, is a desperately needed model to guide us today.' He highlights several eras in European history, like Cordoba's 'La Convivencia' when this occurred. Please see below for the written exlanation of the Tour. Photos http://bit.ly/1taBM3P
I had the opportunity to introduce Universal Peace Federation and mention Father Moon's response to 9/11 was to sponsor three intra-Muslim dialogue conferences in Jakarta, London and Washington DC at which the then President of Indonesia (Gus Dur) Wahid and his wife participated along with many other dignitaries from across the Islamic world.