Youth UPF encourages, sponsors and organises many types of events as well as focussing on leadership training for global citizenship.
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.
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Global Interfaith Harmony Week was commemorated in the House of Lords by Youth Universal Peace Federation (UPF) - UK with an evening of music and presentations on interfaith harmony from the perspectives of young adults of different faiths. There were musical offerings by musicians of various faith backgrounds. Rt. Hon. Baroness Sandip Verma, the Under Secretary for Energy and Climate Change said she was inspired and energised by the various contributions during the evening.
Christa Kamga, the Youth UPF Director, said 'Many of our youth have things to say about what we can do in this world. UPF tries to break down barriers and bring people together to allow communication.'
Humphrey Hawksley is the author of numerous books, the international correspondent for the BBC, and has been in the Navy. As such many were curious to hear what he had to say with regards to his career and the path that he took to get to where he is today at our “An Evening With” YouthUPF event.
However, Humphrey Hawksley didn’t just provide a window into what he has done in his career, he went further and offered some ‘heartfelt and sound advice’, which resonated with the audience because of the ‘simplicity and care’ with which he said it. That advice? “Never allow anyone to tell you that you cannot do it”, “don’t badly offend someone because life goes around and 20 years later you will need their help”, “marry someone who supports you, not someone who is going to compete with you” and “if you want to make a difference your private life is going to take a hit”.
The Youth UPF Concert to raise funds for a peace project in Jerusalem took place at the conclusion of the UPF Peace Council. Many volunteer performances were dedicated to this cause in an exciting and varied evening organised by the Youth UPF team.
Through this concert Youth UPF are raising funds for a Jerusalem Youth "Learning to Live Together in Harmomy" Project - as part of the Middle East Peace Initiative. We will be carrying out service projects between 18th ~23rd, December visiting NGO'S that try to promote peace between Israel and Palestine. Please see the fundraising link (www.gofundme.com/idomybit), you will find a little more on this particular project for Jerusalem.