Universal Peace Federation Update December 2011

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UPF UPDATE 10 th December 2011 UPF Founders Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Sun Myung Moon

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We are one human family under God. The highest human qualities are spiritual and moral. The family is the “school of love and peace.” Living for the sake of others is the basis for social harmony. Peace through going beyond boundaries of ethnicity, religion and nationality. UPF PRINCIPLES OF PEACE

REGIONAL PEACE INITIATIVES:

REGIONAL PEACE INITIATIVES Including: Middle East, South Asia, Balkans, Northeast Asia, Bering Strait Crossing

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Building bridges of peace between divided communities: Identifying peace-makers on both sides ANTAGONISM FEAR HATRED RESENTMENT REVENGE MISTRUST CONFLICT MISUNDERSTANDING NON-COMMUNICATION Those who perceive: wrongs of other side wrongs of own side value of other side value of own side Those who perceive: wrongs of other side wrongs of own side value of other side value of own side

MIDDLE EAST:

MIDDLE EAST Building inter-religious understanding and respect during times of violence and conflict in the holy land of the three Abrahamic faiths Forums with political and civic leaders Drawing on spiritual resources Promoting personal connections

Forums with political and civic leaders:

Forums with political and civic leaders A consultation in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset A conference with leaders in Gaza

Drawing on spiritual resources:

Drawing on spiritual resources Religious leaders consult with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Interfaith pilgrimages visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Promoting personal connections:

Promoting personal connections Religious leaders embrace at a peace rally in Jerusalem. Jewish and Arab youth compete in a football match near Haifa.

SOUTH ASIA / NEPAL:

SOUTH ASIA / NEPAL Promoting Nepal’s peaceful transition from a Hindu monarchy to a democracy in times of insurgency— Forums with political leaders and insurgents Drawing on spiritual resources Promoting personal connections Service projects

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1999-2009 Maoist insurgency Complete paralysis in governance Confrontation between 3 key players: Monarchy (Armed forces) 7 “democratic” political parties Maoist armed insurgents The Nepalese Conflict

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Involved: Visit of Father and Mother Moon and founding of UPF Nepal in 2005 Conferences bringing together the 3 key players 8 in total so far (deep dialogue, based on Principle: ‘One family under God’) Initially monarchy and “democratic” parties, later Maoists joined persuaded they were not outcasts and had valid point of view (principle of inclusiveness) The Peace Process…

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Engagement of human rights issues 2009 Maoist insurgency halted Maoists mainstreamed Maoists lead elected coalition government New inclusive democratic Nepal created Monarchy rejected Inclusive constituent assembly created 200 women MPs 50 “untouchables” …The Peace Process…

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Maoist government loses credibility and defeated New government elected Peace conferences continue, instability remains, but principle of inclusive democratic process remains! …The Peace Process

Forums with political leaders and insurgents:

Forums with political leaders and insurgents Forum on “Human Rights and Human Responsibilities in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations” Meeting with a key Maoist insurgent

Promoting personal connections:

Promoting personal connections Visiting elderly refugees in Kathmandu Youth from different parts of Nepal work together at a school in Pokhara.

NORTHEAST ASIA:

NORTHEAST ASIA Civil society support for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula, still divided from Cold War struggles— Citizen diplomacy Forums with scholars Promoting personal connections

Citizen diplomacy:

Citizen diplomacy A visit to North Korea in 1991 by UPF Founders Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon opens new lines of communication between North and South.

Forums with scholars:

Forums with scholars Experts in economics, transportation, energy, and agriculture describe ideas about approaches to regional integration.

Promoting personal connections:

Promoting personal connections Children’s dance troupes from the North and South visit each other and give concerts. Brazil’s Atlético Sorocaba club travels to North Korea for a friendly football match.

BERING STRAIT CROSSING:

BERING STRAIT CROSSING In 2005 UPF Founder Dr. Sun Myung Moon revived interest in the century-old plan to link the Eastern and Western hemispheres— Encouraging research Forums with political and business leaders

BERING STRAIT CROSSING:

BERING STRAIT CROSSING Prince George Uelen 2000 MILES Wales Fairbanks Yakutsk 1700 MILES

Encouraging research:

Encouraging research Considering ways to address engineering challenges

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RECENT HIGHLIGHTS UPF helps with the 9/11 memorial program at the United Nations. UPF Chapters observe the UN International Day of Peace in 60 nations. UPF Briefings for heads of delegations attending the General Assembly European & International Leadership Conferences: Geneva, Oslo, Vienna, Abuja, Geneva, Malta, London

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United Nations 9/11 Memorial Sponsored by the US Mission Assisted by UPF New York City Symphony Interfaith Ceremony Little Angels visit the UN and Ground Zero The Office of the President of the General Assembly turned to UPF to help organize the 9/11 memorial service at the United Nations.

United Nations 9/11 Service:

United Nations 9/11 Service Working quietly behind the scenes, UPF assisted with the format of the program

United Nations 9/11 Service:

United Nations 9/11 Service David Eaton conducts the New York City Symphony Orchestra

United Nations 9/11 Service:

United Nations 9/11 Service Susan Rice US Ambassador Joseph Deiss GA President Asha-Rose Migiro Deputy UN SG The keynote speakers reviewed the progress …and the challenges… remaining ten years after the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

United Nations 9/11 Service:

United Nations 9/11 Service UPF recommended interfaith religious leaders to participate in a “Candle of Peace” ceremony.

United Nations 9/11 Service:

United Nations 9/11 Service The day before, the Little Angels performed at the United Nations. The Little Angels also went to the new 9/11 National Memorial at Ground Zero and laid a wreath there.

UN International Day of Peace:

UN International Day of Peace One Day a Year … September 21 st – millions of people around the world gather together under the banner of the United Nations International Day of Peace. This year’s theme, inspired by the Arab Spring, was “Make Your Voice Heard.”

UPF Programs in 60 nations (15 in Europe):

UPF Programs in 60 nations (15 in Europe) Afghanistan Albania Argentina Australia Austria Barbados Belarus Benin Brazil Cambodia Cameroon Canada Central African Republic Congo Dominican Rep. Ecuador Estonia Finland France Gabon Georgia Germany Ghana Guyana Honduras India Indonesia Ireland Israel Italy Japan Kenya Latvia Liberia Marshall Islands Mauritius Mexico Nepal Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Nigeria Norway Paraguay Peru Russia Scotland Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Spain Sri Lanka Switzerland Taiwan Thailand Togo United Kingdom United States Uruguay Venezuela and counting

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PARIS: Panelists speak about positive aspects of multiculturalism. UPF FRANCE

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STUTTGART: Serving refreshments after an interreligious forum UPF GERMANY

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UPF NETHERLANDS THE HAGUE: Representatives of five religions and four NGOs at the event

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OSLO: A forum at the Central Mosque on ways to counter terrorism UPF NORWAY

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PERTH: New Ambassadors for Peace; a traditional Scottish welcome UPF SCOTLAND

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Ljubljana- Škofljica : A candlelight ceremony for peace UPF SLOVENIA

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BARCELONA: A forum on “Libya: Present and Future” stirs much interest. UPF SPAIN

BRIEFINGS FOR DELEGATION LEADERS:

THE SIXTY-SIXTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY BRIEFINGS FOR DELEGATION LEADERS Each year, the UPF team takes the opportunity of meeting with world leaders who are in New York for the opening of the UN General Assembly and giving a short briefing of UPF activities and goals.

BRIEFING / DISCUSSION TOPICS:

BRIEFING / DISCUSSION TOPICS INTERFAITH DIALOGUE AND PEACEBUILDING FAMILY STRENGTHENING AND PROMOTION PROPOSE GOOD GOVERNANCE ILC SEMINARS UNITED NATIONS RENEWAL & INTERFAITH COUNCIL GIFT OF FATHER’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General:

Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General

Tony Blair, UNITED KINGDOM:

Tony Blair, UNITED KINGDOM

Susan Rice, UNITED STATES:

Susan Rice, UNITED STATES A brief conversation with US Ambassador Susan Rice.

Prime Minister Sali Berisha, ALBANIA:

Prime Minister Sali Berisha, ALBANIA

President Atifete Jahjaga, KOSOVO:

President Atifete Jahjaga, KOSOVO

Dr. Jean Ping, Chair, AFRICAN UNION:

Dr. Jean Ping, Chair, AFRICAN UNION

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GENEVA: A European Leadership Conference at the UN Office on “Multiculturalism: A contribution to peace?” UPF UN GENEVA Multiculturalism Conference

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GENEVA: The conference considered such issues as Interreligious Dialogue, human rights, migration and employment, education and women’s issues. UPF UN GENEVA

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GENEVA: Youth delegates offer insights on multiculturalism from their religious traditions. UPF UN GENEVA

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European Leadership Conference “Towards Lasting Peace in a World of Rapid Change” April 30 th - May 1 st , 2011 Stortinget (Norwegian Parliament)

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London – 04.09 (11. May2011)

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The International Centre - United Nations Building in Vienna, Austria

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ELC Vienna – 200 in the Main Board Room of the IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency

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United Nations, Geneva – 04.11 (13. May2011)

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Multiculturalism – A Contribution to Peace? September 23 rd , 2011, United Nation’s Office, Geneva, Switzerland

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International Leadership Conference "A New Vision for Cooperation between Europe and Africa and The Culture of Peace" November 4 th - 6 th , 2011 – Valletta, Malta

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Dr. Yong Cheol Song meets the President of Malta, Dr. George Abela , 10 th May 2009

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Dr. and Mrs. Song (Chair UPF Europe) were received by the Speaker of the Maltese House of Representatives Hon. Michael Frendo

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Translation of Rev. Dr. S. M. Moon‘s Autobiography French Italian Spanish Czech Hungarian Croatian Danish German Finish Swedish Dutch Polish Portuguese

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First Photos of True Father’s Autobiography in a Bookstore Lille, France, June, 2011

UPCOMING EVENTS:

UPCOMING EVENTS International Leadership Conference & the UPF Founder’s Birthday Celebration January 21 st --25 th , 2012 (provisional) Seoul, Korea The role of religion in building a culture of peace Peace and Security in Northeast Asia*

UPCOMING EVENTS:

UPCOMING EVENTS The United Nations Interfaith Harmony Week February 1—8, 2012 Worldwide: UPF Goal is programs in 70 nations The theme is that religious leaders should speak to their own congregations about the good points of OTHER FAITHS

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