Dr Yong Cheon SongYour Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is wonderful to see you all gathered here today to commemorate Africa Day 2012. Let me warmly welcome you once again and thank you for taking time from your busy schedules to be here with us.

Europe and Africa together have a dynamic history marking the ebb and flow of empires. Currently the relationship of the last few hundred years is undergoing a change pointing towards greater economic convergence through which it is appropriate to consider, ‘A New Vision of Cooperation between Europe and Africa.’

Davao, Mindanao, Philippines - An International Leadership Conference took place in Davao, the principal city on the island of Mindanao. The theme for the March 29-30 conference was "The Role of Interfaith Harmony and Good Governance in Peace and Development." The 263 participants included 130 international guests from 28 nations. Local participants included three governors and eight mayors from Mindanao. Texts of speeches by:

Albania ELCTirana, Albania In the context of the Balkan nations pursuing stability and improved relations with Europe, leaders from ten nations met in Tirana April 28 and 29 to discuss "The Role and Importance of the Albanian People for Lasting Peace and Security in the Balkans." Speakers at the UPF European Leadership Conference called upon Albanians to draw on the spiritual resources and cultural values that promote peace as the nation celebrates 100 years of independence from the Ottoman Empire and prepares for presidential elections in July.

The conference was held in two sites: the Tirana International Hotel and the Congress Palace, one of the last buildings constructed by the communist government in Albania. Participants included three former presidents, two vice ministers, the vice spokesman of the Albanian Parliament, MPs from Albania and Kosovo, local government leaders from Macedonia, the Ambassador of Montenegro, the former Minister of Defense from the Netherlands, UPF-Europe chairman and secretary general, and other prominent Ambassadors for Peace from academia and politics.

Tirana, Albania In the context of the Balkan nations pursuing stability and improved relations with Europe, leaders from ten nations met in Tirana April 28 and 29 to discuss "The Role and Importance of the Albanian People for Lasting Peace and Security in the Balkans." Speakers at the UPF European Leadership Conference called upon Albanians to draw on the spiritual resources and cultural values that promote peace as the nation celebrates 100 years of independence from the Ottoman Empire and prepares for presidential elections in July.

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   Africa Day 2012

5:30 pm, Wednesday, May 23rd 2012      Committee Room 4A,  House of Lords

Hosted by Lord King of West Bromwich  Patron of Universal Peace Federation – UK

Speakers Include:

Brigadier James Ellery CBE, (Former UN Forces Chief of Staff, Sierra Leone)

Mr. Aliu Bello (Formerly with UNICEF Afghanistan, Nigeria and Ghana)

'Peace and Development in Africa: the Role of Africans in Diaspora'.

Ms. Belinda Atim (Independent Consultant on Global Health and Development Issues)

‘Human Development Issues in Uganda and in East Africa’.

Mr. Ashley Crosthwaite, International Relief Friendship Foundation – UK (IRFF-UK)

Sabine Le BlancRestoring spirituality through the feminine approach of the world

Address by Mrs. Sabine LE BLANC

Philosophe, professeur de culture générale et auteur de Relations hommes-femmes mode d’emploi

The feminine does not amount only to the female sex. It is one of our psychic poles (together with the masculine), peculiar to men as well as to women. It has been associated for a long time with women only. The feminine has suffered from a certain contempt, the price of which the Western world has not finished paying. It starts becoming aware of that, right in the middle of the present global crisis:

A brief overview of the animus (masculine) and anima (feminine) according to the psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung.

Albania ELCCongressional Palace, Tirana, Albania

European Leadership Conference

April  29th 2012

In the presence of distinguished Albanian former and current parliamentarians and former President Moisu, Dr Song pointed to the longstanding Albanian tradition of good interfaith harmony that probably still cannot be found in any other European nation and the truly extraordinary example demonstrated by the life of Mother Teresa which has so inspired the entire world, as profound qualities other nations should study and inherit. 

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