NEWS - UPF Europe
Challenges and Opportunities of Our Time
Prague, Czech Republic, 25. November 2016
By Juraj Lajda
Under the auspices of Hon. Nina Nováková, Member of the Czech Parliament, an international conference on the topic “Challenges and Opportunities of Our Time” was convened at the Parliament of the Czech Republic on November 25, 2016. Over 50 participants attended the event, including historians, lawyers, political scientists, social activist, and several students. This was the final of a series of programs that included two round table discussions in Vienna and Budapest, in July and October 2016 respectively. The conference was supported by the Universal Peace Federation‘s Czech chapter, the Hans Seidel Foundation and the European Women’s Union. - read more
Christmas and Human Rights
Lisbon, Portugal, 11. December 2016
By Marta de Carvalho
WFWP and UPF Portugal joined with FFWPU to hold a meeting to celebrate and commemorate Christmas as well as the International Day of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, on December 11, 2016 in the Peace Embassy in Barcarena, Lisbon. The meeting intended to give the Ambassadors for Peace and other guests the opportunity to share about their projects and activities, but also to receive our message of Peace.
Frankfurt am Main, Germany, November 12, 2016
By Monika Kunde
The family is still highly topical, even if some people have declared it to be an ‚outdated model‘. This is clear from the results of the „Shell Youth Study 2015“, which conducted research into the value system of German youth. Young people give priority to values such as friendship, partnership and family. 89% put particular importance on having good friends, 85% a partner whom they can trust, and 72% a good family life.
So we were extremely happy that almost half of those participating in the UPF event were younger than 25 years old. - read more
UPF Conference in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, December 15, 2016
By Jacques Marion
On December 15, 2017 at the Holiday hotel in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, UPF organized a conference in partnership with the International Institute for Middle East and Balkans Studies (IFIMES) and the Association for BiH-Asia Cooperation, Understanding and Sophistication (ABACUS). With the theme of “Social consensus, interreligious understanding and regional cooperation for a new Europe”, the conference was a follow up of the International Leadership conference held in September in London where the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace had been inaugurated. It aimed at developing a network for the Parliamentarians for Peace initiative in the Balkans. - read more
Helsinki, Finland, 4. December 2016
On a brisk and sunny Sunday afternoon a group of about 30 persons of all ages took to a short yet heartwarming Peace Road walk in Helsinki, Finland. It was an expression of a desire for a unity between North and South Korea, still a strictly divided nation on the opposite side of the globe.
Though the march was rather symbolic and not gathering much public attention, it still demonstrated the wish of participants for an increased communication and understanding between cultures through an international highway.
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Conference in the Italian Parliament
Rome, Italy, 13. December 2016
Organized by UPF and WFWP in cooperation with Italian Parliamentarians that attended the London and Rome conference to start the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace.
By Giuseppe Cali
This is the second conference in the Italian Parliament, following the establishment of the IAPP, by True Parents. Around 70 participants gathered, including parliament members, journalists, head of NGO, representatives of very prominent organizations and institutions.
The theme was the same of the latest Human Rights UN day: "Stand up for someone's rights today". - read more
Monza, Italy, 26. November 2016
By UPF Italy
A sports culture? It is useless to complain and say that in Italy there isn’t one; sports culture is not a given fact but something that is up to each of us to create and shape. And it is right that we are committed to do so, at all levels, on a small and a large scale”. These are the opening words of Josefa Idem, who spoke on Saturday, November 26th, at the “SPORT AND HUMAN RIGHTS” conference, organized by UPF at the Urban Center of Monza. - read more
10 Years Interreligious Council in Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland, 24. November 2016
By Rohan Nandkisore
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On the 24th of November the FFWPU of Iceland along with 17 groups from many faith celebrated its 10th anniversary. On this day exactly 10 years ago the then President of Iceland addressed the religions in his inaugural address. This time the new President of Iceland a non-practising catholic gave a short but impressive message and encouraged all religions of living together by the golden rule. - read more
Il Sik Hong, Chair, Sunhak Peace Prize Committee
November 30, 2016, Washington DC, USA
Distinguished leaders from America and throughout the world. Good afternoon.
It is my great pleasure to be here today for this historic International Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. As Chairman of the Sunhak Peace Prize Committee, allow me to begin by thanking the Universal Peace Federation and the Sunhak Peace Prize Foundation for preparing such a wonderful banquet program in honor of the announcement of the 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize laureates. I am most honored that you have gathered for this most important occasion. - read more - view pictures
The 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize Awarded to Gino Strada and Sakena Yacoobi
Laureate announcement made on Nov. 29 (Tues) 5pm (US Eastern Standard Time) at the JW Marriott, Washington DC
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi
Gino Strada has provided emergency medical care to refugees in Africa and the Middle East
Sakena Yacoobi developed an innovative solution to the refugee settlement problem, through education
Dr. Gino Strada’s achievements are widely known for advancing “emergency medical aid” over the past 25 years; his compassion for humanity has taken him beyond national borders, even into the epicenter of conflict in the Middle East and Africa. His work has brought healing and relief to 7 million people around the world.
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi has been widely recognized for developing educational programs linked to refugee resettlement, working especially in Afghan refugee camps put under additional stress by years of war. - read more
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