Youth UPF encourages, sponsors and organises many types of events as well as focussing on leadership training for global citizenship.
Address given at House of Lords, British Parliament,
9 December 2014, 6.30 p.m.
Seminar arranged by Universal Peace Federation
and its youth department Youth UPF Interfaith Council.
Hosted by Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham.
|Matteo Bergamini of Shout Out UK|
“Up until when I turned 18 a few months ago, I was never interested in politics. Suddenly, I thought now that I can vote whom do I vote for? I must be informed. This type of event will help us (young people) to be informed and hopefully, more involved too”
On the 14th of October 2014, around 100 young people and political figures gathered in the House of Commons to discuss youth engagement in politics. Speakers included; Matteo Bergamini of Shout Out UK, Gisela Stuart MP, Rt Hon. Tom Brake, Naiha Masih, John Loughton of Dare 2 Lead, and Amira El-Houderi of Young Leaders and Youth UPF. However, due to the fantastic quality of the speakers and the points that they raised, much of the event was transformed into a discussion and exchange of ideas across the room.
Youth UPF held a leadership training seminar for 20 people in Universal Peace Federation - UK HQ in London on Friday 27th June. It featured presentations by Mark De Stadler from the Dale Carnegie Training on Human Communication and Group Dynamics and Dr David Hannah who provided many insights into 'Good Governance'.
In an event packed with inspirational stories and aspirational youth one of the highlights was the Youth Achievement Award presented to the 2014 winner of ‘The Voice’, Jermain Jackman. He explained to the full Parliament Committee Room 14, that he wants to make a difference both in politics and music. He suggested that he might be the first singing Prime Minister!
Organised by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK and hosted by its Patron, Virendra Sharma MP, the programme included presentations to ten young adults mostly by their constituency MPs. During the programme a UPF Ambassador for Peace award was presented to Pauline Long who as mentor, founder of the BEFFTA awards and entrepreneur has had a profound influence on many including Jackman.
Refugee Week is organised and promoted by the United Nations to discover and celebrate the contributions that refugees have made in the UK and other nations over the years. The celebration takes place via a series of events, and one of the first events to take place was Youth UPF’s evening “Forced Displacement and Migration: Time to Rethink Human Dignity.”
The Youth UPF event was made up of two sets of panelists. Panel 1 was focused upon refugees from North Korea and Syria, and panel 2 was focused on displacement and migration in Libya after the fall of Gaddafi. Each panelist was invited to share their own experiences, some speakers giving incredible insight into their personal struggles and others speaking highly of the organisations that seek to help refugees to make a new life for themselves.