On the occasion of and in support of the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women and International Women's Day 2013, on the theme: “Elimination and Prevention of All Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls,” Universal Peace Federation offers the following affirmations:
First, human conflict and violence have their roots in the breakdown of human relationships, and the human failure to live up to our highest ideals and aspirations. Violence is a symptom of a moral and spiritual failure. If we are to eliminate violent conflict, we must commit ourselves to a moral and spiritual awakening.
This is an exceptional opportunity to tell you the story of my country and my people. This is truly a story of peace prevailing over conflict, of faith in goodness prevailing over fear, a story that started long time ago with bloody wars in the Balkans and it ended in peace finally prevailing in the country and the region I come from.My name is Hashim Thaci. I am the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, a small country in South East Europe that has a special place in the modern history of the world. My country is the last one to be established in the European continent and we celebrated the fifth birthday of the country on February 17.
www.worldsummit2013.org (For further speeches, reports and photos of the UPF World Summit)
18:30 Friday 1st March,
43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NAPartly as a gesture of thanks to the Universal Peace Federation - UK for all the support given to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the "Mothers of Congo" would like to extend an invitation all members, other NGO's and friends to a Congolese evening on 1st of March 2013 (from 18.30 until 21:00 pm) at 43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA. During the evening you will be able to experience Congolese culture, sample its food and enjoy the best of Congolese music.
We would like to take this opportunity to inform our guests who are not aware of the tragic situation in the DRC. Eastern DRC, especially, was one of the most beautiful places in the world but is now recognised as one of the most dangerous places on earth. We will see a brief video followed by a talk.There will be an explanation of 'conflict minerals' that originate in the lawless area of eastern DRC and are used extensively in our smart phones, tablets and laptops. The money paid for these precious minerals is part of the reason for the violence in the region. We would also like to give time for Q-A and discussion as to how we can support each other's campaigns, humanitarian efforts and activities.
The Mothers of Congo evening on Friday 1st March combined music and food from the Congolese community with harrowing testimonies and videos from those who have suffered terribly in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The accounts on video of women who had been raped and who were being counselled as a group were particularly painful. Their courage to speak about their ordeals and to march as a group in a demonstration to publicise the use of rape as a weapon of war to terrorise and destroy communities in the mineral rich and lawless eastern DRC. (Photo Link)
Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, Minister for Co-operatives and Poverty Alleviation, Government of Nepal gave an update in the UK Parliament on the ongoing peace process in Nepal and the role of civil society within it during a short visit. Hosted by Mr Virendra Sharma MP, the event was attended by Parliamentarians and Ambassadors for Peace who are interested in progress in the search for peace in Nepal. Photo Link for the event
|Sunday, February 24, 2013 |
National flags flanked a hall of the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel filled with 800 delegates from 91 nations attending UPF's World Summit 2013 in Seoul, Korea, February 22 to 25.
Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal: Minister for Co-operatives and Poverty Alleviation,
Government of Nepal
Kindly Hosted by Mr. Virendra Sharma MP
3pm-5pm Tuesday, 30th October, 2012
Committee Room 11, House of Commons
You are cordially invited to an afternoon meeting to acknowledge the visit of Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, Minister for Co-operatives and Poverty Alleviation, Government of Nepal who will be addressing the Parliament on the 'Nepalese Ongoing Peace Process: Prospects and Challenges'. We will also welcome other officials from Nepal and hopefully HE Dr Suresh Chalise, the Ambassador of Nepal to the UK (TBC). This visit and the opportunity to speak in Parliament has emerged with very short notice but it is a rare opportunity to hear from someone who has been highly involved with the peace process and building a renewed nation after a long term conflict.