2011 UPF Overview

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Highlights of Universal Peace Federation's work around the world in 2011, including seminars, forums, service projects, and observances of UN days such as the International Day of Peace, International Day of Families, Women's Day, and World Interfaith Harmony Week.

On local, national, and global levels, interreligious councils provide a platform for people of diverse faiths to contribute their wisdom and work effectively for peace alongside representatives of government, business, and civil society.

UPF acknowledges the need for careful and measurable use of enforcement such as political, military, and civil power to sustain lasting peace. At the same time we strongly emphasize the pursuit of internal solutions that are essential to peacebuilding. UPF has been a leading exponent of “track two” diplomacy, with particular emphasis on the role and responsibility of religious and spiritual leaders to transcend historical self-interest and pursue the ideal of “One family under God.”

UPF is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. We support and promote the work of the United Nations and the achievement of sustainable development goals.

Marriage, parenting, and the family are the foundations of sustainable human development and the building blocks of society. Educational programs present the personal and social benefits of marriage, promote a marriage-friendly culture, teach relationship skills, and encourage spiritual growth through relationships.

UPF's leadership conferences and seminars focus on the urgent need for new vision and leadership based on core values and universal principles of peacebuilding.

Service-learning programs bring together youth from different cultures and religions in order to promote mutual understanding and respect. Participants serve a community in need, visit religious and historic sites, and learn communication and team-building skills.

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2011 UPF Overview

  1. 1.  FOUNDERS’ PROGRAMS UNITED NATIONS OUTREACH AREAS OF FOCUS INTERFAITH MARRIAGE AND FAMILY PEACEBUILDING EDUCATION SERVICE & RELIEF REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  2. 2. BIRTHDAY OF REV. & MRS. SUN MYUNG MOON INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE PEACE TOUR 2011
  3. 3.  9/11 COMMEMORATION UN COMMEMORATIVE DAYS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE AFRICA DAY
  4. 4. Sponsored by the US Mission Assisted by UPF Interfaith Ceremony New York City Symphony performed. Little Angels visited the UN and Ground Zero.The Office of the President of the General Assembly turned to UPFto help organize the 9/11 memorial service at the United Nations.
  5. 5. Principal Speakers Susan Rice Joseph Deiss Asha-Rose Migiro US Ambassador General Assembly Deputy UN President Secretary-GeneralThe keynote speakers reviewed the progress … and the challenges … ten years after the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
  6. 6. UPF Chapter Programs on UN DaysProgram 2008 2009 2010 2011World Interfaith Harmony Week (February) -- -- -- 23International Day of Women (March) -- 5 10 10International Day of Families (May) -- 31 41 47International Day of Peace (September) 58 50 50 68Other Commemorative Days (Various) 3 6 20 19TOTAL 61 92 121 167
  7. 7. Celebrations in 68 NationsAfghanistan Ecuador Latvia SenegalAlbania Estonia Liberia SeychellesArgentina Finland Marshall Islands Sierra LeoneAustralia France Mauritius SlovakiaAustria Gabon Mexico SloveniaBarbados Georgia Moldova Solomon IslandsBelarus Germany Nepal SpainBenin Ghana Netherlands Sri LankaBrazil Guyana New Zealand SwitzerlandBurkina Faso Honduras Nicaragua TaiwanCambodia India Nigeria ThailandCameroon Indonesia Norway TogoCanada Ireland Paraguay United KingdomC.A.R. Israel Peru United StatesColombia Italy Russia UruguayCongo Japan Rwanda VenezuelaDominican Rep. Kenya Scotland
  8. 8. International Day of PeacePlaying traditional music in Afghanistan (left), a forum at a mosque in Norway (top right), planting trees in Barbados (bottom right)
  9. 9. International Day of Peace Prime Minister Samuel Hinds gives the keynote address in Guyana (left), the President of the Congress of Peru, Dr. Daniel Abugattas Majluf (above), addresses members of all political parties.
  10. 10. International Day of PeaceDominican Republic (top left), Finland (top right), Marshall Islands (bottom left), Ecuador (bottom center), Kenya (bottom right)
  11. 11. World Water DayWorld Environment DayInternational Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit TraffickingInternational Youth DayUN Day of Non-violenceInternational Day of ToleranceWorld AIDS DayWorld Food DayHuman Rights DayWorld Humanitarian DayInternational Human Solidarity DayWorld Day for Cultural DiversityInternational Friendship DayUniversal Children’s DayInternational Volunteer DayUnited Nations Day
  12. 12. Music,dancing,food, andspeeches inNew YorkCity
  13. 13. Celebrations in 12 Nations Congo Kazakhstan Ecuador Latvia Georgia Nepal Ghana Russia Israel Switzerland Italy USAfrican Film Festival in Nepal(above), Africa Day program inGhana (right)
  14. 14.  INTERFAITH PEACE COUNCILS WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK
  15. 15. Interfaith Peace CouncilsInauguration of the ThailandInterreligious Peace Council (below),consultation with the EthiopiaInterreligious Council (right)
  16. 16. World Interfaith Harmony Week Celebrations in 23 Nations Barbados Moldova Canada Nepal Cote d’Ivoire Russia Germany Slovakia India Solomon Islands Indonesia St. Lucia Canada (top), Israel Switzerland Taiwan (middle), Italy Thailand Israel (bottom) Japan Taiwan Kazakhstan Ukraine Korea US Malaysia Motto: "Love of God and Love of the Neighbor" / "Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbor"
  17. 17.  UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MARRIAGE & FAMILY PROGRAMS
  18. 18. Celebrations in 47 NationsArgentina India RwandaArmenia Indonesia San MarinoAustria Ireland SenegalBangladesh Israel SlovakiaBenin Japan Solomon Is.Cameroon Kazakhstan SpainCanada Latvia SwitzerlandColombia Malaysia TaiwanCongo Moldova ThailandCroatia Nepal United StatesEcuador New Zealand UruguayEstonia Nigeria VenezuelaGabon Peru ZambiaGeorgia PhilippinesGhana Russia Moldova (top), Benin (bottom) Theme for 2011: “Confronting Family Poverty and Social Exclusion”
  19. 19. In Cagayan de Oro, Philippines (above left), Honiara, Solomon Islands (above right), Yekaterinburg, Russia (below left), and Dublin, Ireland (below right)
  20. 20. In Yerevan, Armenia (above left), Montevideo, Uruguay (above right), Lusaka, Zambia (below left), and Almaty, Kazakhstan (below right)
  21. 21. A Parallel Event of the 55th Commission on the Status of WomenThe Permanent Missions of Nigeria and the Slovak Republic to the United Nations, in partnership with UPF, sponsored a forum at the Nigeria House on March 2.
  22. 22. International Women’s Day International Women’s Day Programs Australia Nepal Georgia Russia India UK Italy US Japan In New York, UPF organized a Parallel Event to the UN Commission on theSpeakers at a forum Status of Women, at thein India (above), Mission of the Africanmaking posters in Union to the UN.Georgia (right)
  23. 23. Marriage and Family Initiative Programs in 25 nations Argentina Nepal Azerbaijan Norway Bangladesh Panama Cambodia Peru Czech Rep. Russia Georgia Rwanda Ghana Scotland Indonesia Sierra Leone Japan Solomon Is. Kazakhstan Sri Lanka Latvia Taiwan Lithuania Uruguay Moldova Argentina (top), Cambodia (bottom)
  24. 24.  INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES MARRIAGE & FAMILY CHARACTER EDUCATIONConference in Malta:“Europe, Africa and theCulture of Peace: A NewVision for Cooperation”
  25. 25. Download from http://upf.org/education/presentations
  26. 26. “The Benefits of Marriage”“Promoting a Marriage-Friendly Culture”“The Family as the School of Love and Peace”“Solving Moral Confusion”“Really Listening”“Parenting Teens”“World Peace Blessing”“Marriage, My Spiritual Path” Download at http://www.upf.org/idf-resources.
  27. 27. Discovering the Real Me offers a comprehensivecharacter education focusing on universal valuesand core ethical principles common to all cultures. For more information see http://upf.org/education/character-education.
  28. 28.  RELIGIOUS YOUTH SERVICE  HUMANITARIAN RELIEF  SPORTS, ARTS, MUSIC, AND CULTURECleaning hospital grounds inSierra Leone
  29. 29. Service Programs Religious Youth Service Projects in 6 Nations Georgia India Nepal Russia Sri Lanka St. Lucia Sri Lanka (top), St. Lucia (bottom)
  30. 30. Service ProgramsBuilding a “Peace Park in Russia withplantings designed like a world map (topleft), planting a garden in India (top right),building a classroom in Nepal (bottom)
  31. 31. Disaster Relief Disaster Relief in 3 Nations India Japan Thailand Tsunami relief in Japan (above) Flood relief in Thailand (below)
  32. 32. Humanitarian Care Health education for displaced people in Haiti (top left), school supplies for Roma orphans in Albania (bottom left), serving meals to children in Nepal (bottom right)
  33. 33. Promoting a Culture of Peace Through Sports, Music, Art, and Cultural Programs Brazil (top), Austria (bottom left), Estonia (bottom right)
  34. 34.  Africa – Post-Conflict Reconciliation Americas – Promoting a Culture of Peace Asia – Peacebuilding Forums Eurasia – Regional Initiatives Europe – Advocating Multiculturalism Oceania – Advancing a Pacific Rim Era
  35. 35. Planting a Peace Pole in Rwanda (top left), meeting with traditional leaders in Burkina Faso (bottom left), peace campaign in Cote d’Ivoire (right)
  36. 36. Japanese Tea Ceremony in Washington, DC (top left), Day of Peace in Mexico (top right),traditional dance in Nicaragua (bottom left), Canada’s Colors of Peace festival (bottom right)
  37. 37. Day of Peace at the Afghan Embassy in Japan (top left), leaders of 7 political parties meet in Nepal (bottom left) inaugural assembly of the Asia Peace Conference in Malaysia (right)
  38. 38. Celebrating the ethnic groups in Georgia (top left), Azerbaijan Ambassadors for Peace(top right), forum in Vladivostok, Russia (bottom left), dialogue in Latvia (bottom right)
  39. 39. Forum in Paris (top left), “Water of Peace” ceremony in London(top right), Model UN Interreligious Council session in Geneva (bottom)
  40. 40. Forum in Australia (top left), condolence gift from the Solomon Islands to the Japaneseambassador after the tsunami (top right), building friendships in New Zealand (bottom)
  41. 41. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT UPF.ORGTo read reports from a particular nation, type the name of the nation in lower case letters with no spaces after the slash in the following url: www.upf.org/

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