Honourable members of the Parliament, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Today, I want to take this chance to remember a person who changed my perspective on leadership, in different ways. He was a very special person to many people who knew him. He was also able to inspire even those who never met him. I find it difficult to describe the essential truth about him as a person.
This was a Youth UPF event hosted by the Rt Hon Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Energy and Climate Change and featuring current political figures, Gisela Stuart MP and Rt Hon Tom Brake MP, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons.
Universal Peace Federation -UK
International Relief Friendship Foundation -UK
YouthUPF - UK
Joint Fund-Raising Concert for Children of Africa
6:00 pm, Saturday 8th November
Ballroom at 43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA
UPF-UK, Youth UPF - UK and the International Relief and Friendship Foundation - UK, is engaged in a vital humanitarian project.
Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Japan has introduced the wisdom and experiences of the post-war Europe that have enabled the current state of peace, integration of nations and freedom from dictatorial regimes. We have invited to Japan distinguished European leaders Dr. Werner Faaslabend, Austria’s longest-serving defense minister, and Dr. Walter Schwimmer, also Austrian politician and former secretary general of the Council of Europe.
Yvonne Chaka Chaka, renowned world singer from South Africa, gave a powerful intelligent speech at the House of Lords London. Hosted by the Rt. Hon. Baroness Sandip Verma, Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Convened by Justina Mutale, Jacque Onalo and Deborah Owhin. Members of the "POWER 14" consortium of Diaspora Women Leaders in association with the Universal Peace Federation.
The monthly meeting to introduce the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) was held last night in the UPF-UK HQ in London. It featured a number of UPF friends and Ambassadors for Peace discussing informal partnerships for campaigns or conferences in areas of common concern. Charlotte Simon, Founder of Mothers of Congo, spoke of her appreciation of UPF through working together to raise awareness of the suffering of the people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. While Robin Marsh spoke of the activities of UPF, Margaret Ali explained the peacemaking principles that guide and inspire those activities.
A 30-strong audience commemorated the UN International Day of Peace at a screening of the documentary film “Within the Eye of the Storm”, held at the Peace Embassy in Thornton Heath on 27 September. This exceptional film follows the parallel stories of Palestinian and Israeli fathers who both suffered the pain of bereavement when their daughters were killed in the conflict but who chose to set out on a journey together to humanize the enemy in order to prevent the vicious cycle of retaliation in themselves and their societies. The audience were visibly moved by the tremendous courage of these two men, who overcame the instinct for vengeance and instead sought understanding, reconciliation and justice with accountability. The film was introduced by Margaret Ali (Director of UPF-UK), who is a personal friend of the film director, Shelley Hermon. A sum of £140 was raised through donations collected at the event, and these funds will be used to promote the film in schools in Israel and Palestine.