His Holiness Brahmrishi Shree Kumar Swamiji, one of India’s most leading and respected Spiritual Leaders, was presented with the highly acclaimed “Ambassador of Peace Award” by the Universal Peace Federation, which is presented to individuals whose lives exemplify the ideal of living for the sake of others, and who dedicate themselves to practices which promote universal moral values, strong family life, interreligious cooperation, international harmony, renewal of the United Nations and the establishment of a culture of peace. His Holiness Brahmrishi Shree Kumar Swamiji (Gurudev as he is affectionately known by his followers) is currently on a visit to the UK during the UK's Interfaith Week. (Website http://www.cosmicgrace.org)
His Holiness Brahmrishi Shree Kumar Swamiji was born on 22nd of January 1954 in Karanpur, Rajasthan, India. He has dedicated his whole life to freeing the world of all suffering and misery and his vision for society is continually being delivered by his Trust – “Bhagwan Shree Lakshmi Narayan Dham”, one of the world's largest spiritual organisations. His efforts in improving human welfare for people of all faiths and religions have inspired millions.
'A New Vision for Cooperation Between Europe and Africa and The Culture of Peace'
Presidential Palace, Malta, November 5th, 2011
This panel held in the context of the current review of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) Paris 2006 Declaration on Aid Effectiveness Principles. OECD signatory nations are obliged, when giving aid, to assist recipient nations development plans, to harmonise aid delivery efforts among all donors, to monitoring both aid giving and hold aid recipients accountable. Paris Declaration principles also emphasise that aid should be untied (not given in order to boost that nation’s own products and industry). The OECD series of High Level Forums are to be continued in Busan at the end of November to further refine these principles and their implementation. (Full Conference Report Link)
In an event in the House of Lords to promote the work of Moncharity that is assisting the Mongolian street children, we were informed that to survive the children live in the sewers where the hot water pipes bring them warmth. The temperature can be as cold as -40C to -45C. During the winter the homeless children of Ulaan Baatar will face extremely harsh conditions as they try to survive. Through this event, we hope to raise awareness of their plight and to inspire sponsorship for the project. The event was co-sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation and World Culture Association. In this photo are Peter Graham, Founder of the World Culture Association, and MC for the Programme, Mrs Odongerel Erdene, Founder of Moncharity and Mr Adolphe Succar, an Ambassador for Peace who came from Beirut to attend this and one other UPF event on Thursday.
Baroness Gloria Hooper attended the event and gave some very good suggestions. The 89 year old Baroness Trumpington also attended. She put us to shame when she said she was very concerned about the situation of street children in Ulan Batur so despite being ‘too damn old’ she had to attend this meeting. Photo Link
The United Nations, Geneva, 23rd September 2011
In a major conference in UN Geneva convened by the Universal Peace Federation and the Women's Federation for World Peace, the role of multiculturalism was considered by such influential figures as Ambassador Makarim Wibisono, the former Chair of UN's ECOSOC and UN Human Rights Council and Dr Walter Schwimmer, the former Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
In an introduction by Dr. Yong Cheon Song, Chairman of the Universal Peace Federation in Europe he quoted UPF's Founder, Dr Sun Myung Moon on the role of religion in solving interreligious and intercultural conflict.
'Religious people have not always been good examples in the practice of love and living for the sake of others, especially beyond the limits of their own culture. For this reason they should engage in deep self-reflection. It is time for religious people to repent for their preoccupation with individual salvation and narrow denominational interests.' Dr Moon suggested that an Inter-religious Council at the United Nations would be an ideal forum for dialogue between the religious-cultural spheres of the world.
The words from the UN Secretary General for the UN International Day of Peace are:
Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples…This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace."
The Universal Peace Federation in Bromley UK sought to commemorate the ideals of peace among all nations and peoples by bringing together people to participate in a peace event. Four speakers and an audience of about 30 gathered at St. Mary’s Church Hall, 62 College Rd. Bromley for the event.
A policy debate on extremism, held in the European Parliament yesterday, 20th September, considered what responses to extremist religious views were effective while maintaining freedom of speech and other fundamental freedoms of liberal, western democracies. The debate, chaired by Dr. Charles Tannock MEP and convened with the support of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, approached the threat of extremism to all communities.Very articulate and well researched presentations from Dr John Bew, the Co-Director of International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at Kings College London and Sofia Lemmetyinen, the EU Liaison Officer for Christian Solidarity Worldwide, presented a picture of radicalisation and intolerance that is insufficiently challenged either in chatrooms, in the public sphere or in international diplomacy. Journalist and daughter of the late Salman Taseer, the Governor of the Punjab in Pakistan who was assasinated earlier this year due to his opposition to religious extremism, was unable to attend and speak on 'Religious Persecution in Pakistan' as planned because of the sudden abduction of her brother.