It was an insightful programme introducing the principles of Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation. Facilitated by Dr Yehoeshahfaht Ben Israel, an eclectic group attended the session. The vast majority showed interest in taking the longer training being offered. With both small discussion groups considering some core principles and exercises to practice the listening skills needed to mediate, it was a profound experience.
UPF's Africa Day celebration was an inspiring, passionate, colourful day with a contrast of speeches highlighting injustice, cultural dancing and singing. It was a programme with many Africans who had expertise or concern about a region of the African continent. Refugees from Eritrea, Egyptian rap about youth poverty in the land of the Pharoahs, poorly performing hydro-electric dams in DRC, to mentoring the future potential leadership across Africa: it was an eclectic mix.
The Universal Peace Federation (#UPF) held an International Leadership Conference (ILC) in Seoul, South Korea from the 18th to 21st of February. Featuring the UPF’s recent initiatives, the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (#IAPP) and the Inter-religious Association for Peace and Development (#IAPD), the ILC considered strategies that could resolve difficult world issues. One Session entitled, “The Vision and Role of the IAPP for the Settlement of Peace on the Korean Peninsula” was convened in the conference hall of the Korean National Assembly Members with over 150 parliamentarians from 70 nations participating.
Universal Peace Federation (UPF), in its first event of 2019, joined with a number of activists, campaigners and advocates for humanitarian causes to consider the development of mutual networks. The aim of this meeting was to bring peace partners together with the hope of future collaboration on common issues to promote community cohesion and consider methods of conflict resolution.
Distinguished speakers attended a conference hosted by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF - UK) and the Women’s Federation For World Peace UK in collaboration to promote gender equality and the elimination of violence against women.
TG Foundation's 10th Anniversary on International Women's Day. The programme highlighted the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo as the worst place in the world to be a woman. It is known as the rape capital of the world. TG Foundation supports homes for victims of rape and helps the education of the children in those homes. Universal Peace Federation UK has been a partner in their activities providing a platform from UPF's wide network. Please see www.tgfoundation.org.uk
'Radicalisation and Violent Extremism in Europe: Focus on Prevention' December 5th, Brussels. This was hosted by the Universal Peace Federation - Europe, the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace, Human Rights Without Frontiers and Women's Federation for World Peace.