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NOVEMBER 2013 



Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding A Better Standard?

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We would like to extend a warm invitation to you to attend a European Leadership Conference ("ELC") in the UK's Houses of Parliament on November 21-22, 2013 to consider the question 'Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding A Better Standard?' The ELC is co-sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and Women's Federation for World Peace (WFWP). A draft programme of the conference is attached including sessions on; "Inter-Religious Inclusion in Europe", "Responsible Sourcing of Conflict Minerals", "Women's Leadership in Peace and Democracy", "The Human Rights of Immigrants and Refugees in Europe" and "Youth Human Rights & The Right to an Education". UPF is a Partner with the UK Parliament Week and this conference will be one of a series of events within that week. For more information about Parliament Week and a list of events use this link.

The ELC series has included major events in National Parliaments, at the UN in Geneva and in Vienna and at the European Parliament in Brussels in the past few years and has focussed on serious and pressing issues such as human rights, human development, the European relationship with Africa and the future of multiculturalism. For reports of previous European Leadership Conferences please follow this link.

Remember Congo Week Event 'Break the Silence'

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Last night there was a 'Remember the Congo' event held by Mothers of Congo and Universal Peace Federation (UPF)-UK as a part of Black History month. Speakers included 'Mama' Charlotte Simon, founder of Mothers of Congo, Humphrey Hawksley (photo above), BBC World Affairs Correspondent, who has made two documentaries on the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Tatiana Giraud, the founder of the TG Foundation that supports several clinics for the care of rape victims and Florence Billi, who made an impassioned plea for an end to the suffering the people in the North and South Kivus. The documentary 'Crisis in the Congo' shocked many of those present when shown during the evening. A number of those who spoke later said they had been moved to tears by the images of the brutal treatment of the Congolese people during more than 120 years.
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Music For Peace in the Middle East - International Peace Day Event

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On UN International Peace Day, Universal Peace Federation - UK helped Tally Koren to organise a wonderful concert of Middle Eastern musicians in support of the Parents Circle Family Forum. Including Israeli, Palestinian and Iranian musicians such as Nizar Al-Issa, Udi Glazer, Hamid Rasti, Anna Kempton, Julia Stone and Woody Dean in St Peters church in Notting Hill. Photo link here.
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UPF Activity in the Middle East by David Fraser-Harris

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By Robin Marsh

David Fraser-Harris, Universal Peace Federation's (UPF) Middle East Secretary General, described some of the UPF's activities in the region during a rare visit to London last night. Photo link.
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An 'Evening With' Nicola Bailey


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By Christa Kamga

The Youth UPF event, 'An Evening With Nicola Bailey' brought together Nicola Bailey, a passionate Assistant Head Teacher who is driving forward challenging children's education standards, with young adults who are seeking to understand how inspiring people developed their careers..
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Visit From HE Shri Balmiki Prasad Singh

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Today we had a visit from HE Shri Balmiki Prasad Singh, the former Home Secretary and Governor of Sikkim Province in India. He is the new Chair of Universal Peace Federation in India. A distinguished scholar, author and public servant he spoke about his book 'The Bahudha Approach: A Path Towards A Harmonious World'.
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Conflict in the Congo - South London Peace Embassy


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By Lance Gardiner

'Please help me to stop this 21st century slaughter!' - this was the impassioned plea from Charlotte Simon representing the Mothers of Congo NGO.
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Upcoming Events

November
  • Thursday 21st - Friday 22nd:  UK European Leadership Conference London (ELC) - Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Maintaining A Better Standard? The ELC is jointly run by UPF and Women's Federation for World Peace. There will be a Youth Session during the conference.
  • Saturday 23rd: Youth Training Day is Proposed.
  • Sunday 17th - Saturday 23rd:  Seven Day Retreat & reflection time - please enquire if interested.
  • Tuesday 26th @ 6pm: (Core AFP) Ambassador For Peace "Get together" exchanging news and views, Followed by talk on at 7pm. Topic to be Announced!! At the UPF Headquarters, 43 Lancaster Gate.

December
  • Monday 2nd - Wednesday 4th: European and Eurasian Leadership Conference in UNESCO - Paris.
  • Saturday 7th @ 10:30pm - 6:00pm: UPF-UK Peace Council. At the UPF Headquarters, 43 Lancaster Gate. One of the central themes of the development of the Universal Peace Federation is the Peace Council that was proposed at the founding of the UPF as a place for people from many backgrounds to join together to discuss goals and strategies that can influence a city or a nation in a good direction.
  • Tuesday 17th - Friday 27th: Experience Christmas in Jerusalem. JERUSALEM: The first proposal comes to us from Youth MEPI (Middle East Peace Initiative) based in Jerusalem. We will have a service project, which will include working with children or youth in Jewish and Palestinian areas and visiting Holy places. We also hope to meet with groups who do reconciliatory works. (Dates may change slightly!)
  • Tuesday 31st @ 6pm: (Core AFP) Ambassador For Peace "Get together" exchanging news and views, followed by talk on at 7pm. Topic to be Announced!! At the UPF Headquarters, 43 Lancaster Gate. (This date is under discussion.)


Universal Peace Federation:


Mission

Through forums, seminars, conferences, service programs, and interfaith peace initiatives, the Universal Peace Federation builds a global network of peacebuilders to contribute to a world of sustainable peace in which everyone can live in freedom, harmony, cooperation, and prosperity.
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Focus Areas

  • Renewal of the United Nations
  • Interfaith peacebuilding
  • Peace and security
  • Marriage and family
  • Cultureof peace: service, sports, arts

For more: PowerPoint presentation.





International Relief Friendship Foundation (IRFF) - UK


Partner organisation IRFF-UK conducts annual humanitarian visits to schools in Uganda and Zambia as well as cooperating with UPF is supporting a medical project in North Korea. For more details please see the website here.

Mission


IRFF-UK is dedicated to the purpose of finding practical solutions to the global problems of poverty, suffering and disease while promoting opportunities for long-term sustainable development for communities in need.
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Building One Family Under God

Robin Marsh, Secretary General |
Margaret Ali, Director
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UPF-UK Office: +44 (0)2072620985
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