Universal Peace Federation (UPF) members gathered – from around all over the UK - for the Annual Peace Council held at Lancaster Gate, in which distinguished speakers would present and speak about recent worldwide initiatives to bring about peace. Proceedings began after a festive lunch before Robin Marsh and Margaret Ali, representing the UK - UPF Secretariat, introduced the event. The first programme was a musical performance by a Mr. Bharat Korea came before he shared a humorous reflection on a recent family festival.
Thirty-five UPF members and guests gathered in Livingstone House, Bromley to launch a local branch of UPF in the Bromley region, which includes the boroughs of Lewisham, Bexley and Greenwich, serving over one million residents. In Bromley alone there are over 500 active charities and voluntary organisations: UPF’s task is to discover what could be our unique contribution to this community.
Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK’s Parliament Week event 2017 was convened with UPF's International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace. This was speed pitching-style event for young adults to have an opportunity to dialogue with Parliamentarians.
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)