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.
Universal Peace Federation holds regular weekend seminars in the beautiful Cleeve House, nestled in the Wiltshire countryside, to reflect on building peace. Several times this has been held together with the Women's Federation for World Peace in Birmingham. In May 2017 there was a special weekend where participants found they had a profound depth of discussion and sharing of experiences among the group. (Photo Link) The next Weekend Seminar will be from October 27th to 29th.
It’s that time of the year again-to celebrate, to recognise, to share. On 5th July, UPF hosted its annual “Young Achievers Award” in Portcullis House, celebrating future leaders. Some diverse stories of contributions young people have made to their local and national communities were shared in the Boothroyd room, and I can say first-hand that it was an extremely inspiring event. Photo Link (Photos by Elin Robinson)
The United Nations International Day of the Family was commemorated by Universal Peace Federation UK in 43 Lancaster Gate by highlighting exemplary families and role models. There were many inspiring stories and best practice advice given by the families.
In a joint ceremony between the All Ladies League London and the Universal Peace Federation UK, the Women of Excellence Awards featured both moving testimonies and highly accomplished ladies.
The Young Achievers Award 2017: Celebrating Future Leaders ceremony was an outstanding occasion to hear a wide range of inspiring testimonies from young adults from overcoming being a refugee to caring for disabled or homeless. Hosted by Rt Hon Tom Brake MP, a number of parliamentarians warmly congratulated their constituents while presenting their awards.