Building a Culture of Peace - The Role of the Little Angels
House of Commons, Sept 30th 2010
Dr Bo Hi Pak explained the history and purpose of the Little Angels during a session in the House of Commons to coincide with their visit to the UK. After showing a video of the Little Angels Tour to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War, Dr Pak shared his gratitude to the UN forces who came to South Korea's aid during the conflict. The Little Angels have performed in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, in order to build relationships between the two nations who have never signed a peace treaty. (Photo Link here) Video link of Dr Pak's speech: http://vimeo.com/15585423
The Little Angels, the Korean Children’s Folk Ballet troupe, came to London on October 2nd 2010 to bring thanks to those British veterans of the Korean War on the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of that conflict. It was a poignant occasion of exquisite art and tearful remembrance.
Attended by many Ambassadors for Peace, diplomats, political and religious figures, Sadler’s Wells was full with many newcomers to Korean culture in both a matinee and an evening performance. The audience was captivated by the grace and dignity of the young performers of Korea’s foremost art and culture school. Photo link here. Video Link.
Youth and Development
Written by Emanuele Militello
The United Nations ‘International Day of Peace’ was celebrated at the UPF UK Headquarters in Lancaster Gate on 23rd September. The event happens to coincide with UN Summit for The Millennium Development Goals with guest speakers’ theming their talks on Youth, Peace and Development. We had the pleasure of having Dr David Hoile an expert in Sudan and Darfur, Keldon Alleyne from Lewisham Youth Aid and Seja Majeed from vinspired, the youth volunteering organisation, speaking at the event.
The Universal Peace Federation fully affirms and supports the United Nations' annual International Day of Peace. In 2010, UPF chapters around the world will join with UN agencies and with other NGOs in observations and celebrations of this day. In both 2008 and 2009, UPF hosted and participated in more than 40 such programs, and this year is expected to be equally active.
At the same time, UPF is concerned that the themes of past Days of Peace have on occasion focused narrowly on the externals of weapons reduction and nuclear disarmament. Important though these goals are, there is a danger of missing a more important truth, eloquently stated in the UNESCO Constitution written just after World War II in 1945:
“Since wars begin in the minds of man, it is in the minds of man that the defenses of peace must be constructed.”
UK House of Commons
August 31st, 2010
The initiative of the Inter-Religious Council (IRC) at the United Nations, initiated by Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon as the founding purpose of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), was yesterday emphasised by his son and successor, Rev. Dr. Hyung Jin Moon, the International Chairman of UPF, in the House of Commons’ Boothroyd room. The Harvard Divinity graduate, Rev. Moon, gave the keynote address commenting on the heritage of the Inter-Religious Council within the UK.
‘I am reminded that the first General Assembly of the United Nations was convened here in London, in 1946, at the Central Hall of the Methodist Church. I also note that the first meeting of the British parliament took place in Westminster Abbey. I believe England has always understood the necessary link between spiritual principles and values, on the one hand, and the public sphere of social, political and economic institutions, on the other hand.....In his message at the United Nations in the year 2000, Father Moon explained that the UN would not be able to fulfil its mission without creating a council that would uphold the spiritual wisdom and heritage of humanity, representing God’s guidance for all of us.’ (speech link here) Rev Marcus Braybrooke's speech link here. Imam Dr Sajid speech link here. Photos here.
Universal Peace Federation’s Founding Vision: The Inter-religious Council at the UN’ at 11-00 am 31st August 2010 at House of Commons Boothroyd Room Portcullis House London
Imam Dr Abduljalil Sajid
The Muslim Council for Religious and Racial Harmony UK
Bismillah Hir Rahma Nir Rahim (I begin with name of God the Most Kind the Most Merciful). I greet you with the greetings of Islam (Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakathu (May God’s blessing and peace be with us all.) All perfect praise be to Allah, Subhaana wa ta’aala, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad, is His servant and messenger Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.
I am honoured -- and deeply humbled -- to be invited by the Universal Peace Federation to speak on an important topic on ‘UPF’s Founding Vision: The Inter-religious Council at the UN’. I salute the leadership of UPF specially Chairman Dr Thomas Welsh and UPF Secretary General Taj Hammad and International President of UPF, Rev Hyung Jin Moon who has taken UPF Founder’s vision to the grassroots all over the world and consulting “ We the people” as UN charter begins.
UPF strongly believes and works with different faiths. UPF work on Building Bridges between People of Faiths is exemplary.