UPF Peacebuilding in the Americas

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An overview of the work of the Universal Peace Federation, with a special focus on the Americas.

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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UPF Peacebuilding in the Americas

  1. 1. Universal Peace Federation Peacebuilding in the Americas
  2. 2. UPF Launched with a Peace Tour in 2005 US: Following the inauguration of the Universal Peace Federation in New York on September 12, 2005, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon took the Peace Message to 120 cities in 120 days.
  3. 3. World Assembly Flags from 192 nations flank the auditorium for the UPF World Assembly in New York City following the UPF Founders’ Peace Tours of 2005 and 2006.
  4. 4. Core Principles • We are one human family created by God. • The highest qualities of the human being are spiritual and moral. • The family is the "school of love and peace." • Living for the sake of others. • Peace comes through cooperation beyond the boundaries of ethnicity, religion, and nationality.
  5. 5. UPF’s Core Areas of Work • Interfaith Peacebuilding • UN Relations • Peace & Security • Strengthening Marriage & Family • Youth & Service
  6. 6. Interfaith Peacebuilding
  7. 7. Interfaith Peacebuilding • Conferences • Learning from each other • Interfaith councils Religious leaders welcome participants to a World Interfaith Assembly.
  8. 8. Interfaith Peacebuilding Argentina: World Interfaith Harmony Week program
  9. 9. Interfaith Peacebuilding Brazil: Interfaith rally on the International Day of Peace
  10. 10. Interfaith Peacebuilding Brazil: Interfaith Harmony Week celebrations at the Sao Paulo City Hall and Sao Paulo State Congress
  11. 11. Interfaith Peacebuilding Chile: World Interfaith Harmony Week celebration
  12. 12. Interfaith Peacebuilding Colombia: Various places of worship host World Interfaith Harmony Week forums.
  13. 13. Interfaith Peacebuilding Ecuador: World Interfaith Harmony Week programs
  14. 14. Interfaith Peacebuilding Ecuador: Religious leaders participate in an International Day of Peace observance at the former Senate Hall
  15. 15. Interfaith Peacebuilding Honduras: World Interfaith Harmony Week program
  16. 16. Interfaith Peacebuilding Peru: Inauguration of the interfaith Bethlehem Park
  17. 17. Interfaith Peacebuilding Peru: Forum in a mosque on the oneness of God
  18. 18. UN Relations
  19. 19. Rev. Sun Myung Moon speaking at the United Nations USA: Address at the United Nations in New York, August 2000
  20. 20. UN Relations Promoting an interreligious council at the UN 2004 Promote Interreligious Dialogue, G.A. resolution 59/23 (Sponsored by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations) 2006 Tripartite Interfaith Forums begin at the UN: Partnership of Member States, UN bodies, & NGOs 2007 Establishment of a Focal Unit in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the UN, G.A. Resolution 61/221 2007 & 2008 High-Level Dialogues in the General Assembly on Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding and Cooperation for Peace 2011 World Interfaith Harmony Week, G.A. resolution: first week of February every year
  21. 21. UN Relations USA: First World Interfaith Harmony Week celebration in the UN General Assembly Hall
  22. 22. UN Relations USA: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed a gala Anniversary Celebration of the establishment of the African Union / Organization for African Unity.
  23. 23. UN Relations BRAZIL: UPF Secretary General Taj Hamad addresses a session of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  24. 24. UN Relations USA: UPF joined diplomats and other NGOs in launching a campaign opposing human trafficking as a side event to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York
  25. 25. UN Relations USA: UPF organized a forum on “The Family as the Social Driver for Development” at the ECOSOC chamber, sponsored by the ambassadors of El Salvador and Nigeria to the UN
  26. 26. UN Relations USA: UPF’s Leadership and Good Governance Award presented to H.E. Dr. John Ashe, President of the UN General Assembly 2013-14, former Ambassador of Antigua & Barbuda
  27. 27. UN Relations Argentina: International Women’s Day programs
  28. 28. UN Relations Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana Argentina: Recognizing people for outstanding service to their community and the nation on the UN International Day of Volunteers
  29. 29. UN Relations Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana Ecuador: A representative of UN Women addresses an International Day of Peace program in the former Senate Hall
  30. 30. UN Relations Peru: International Women’s Day programs in the National Congress
  31. 31. UN Relations Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana Peru: UN Human Rights Day forum in the National Congress
  32. 32. UN Relations Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana Uruguay: An International Women’s Day forum on empowering rural women
  33. 33. UN Relations Paraguay and Argentina: Programs on the UN International Day of Friendship (established in 2011 at the initiative of Paraguay)
  34. 34. UN Relations Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana US: International Women’s Day forum at the Rayburn House of Representatives Office Building in Washington, DC
  35. 35. Peace & Security Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana
  36. 36. Peace & Security Office of Peace and Security Affairs, Washington DC forums: • China as a Partner for Economic and Political Stability in Asia and the World India as a Facilitator for Stability and Confidence Builder • Transnational Crime in the Americas • Human Trafficking and Poverty: A Critical Connection • Peace Zones as Avenues for Stability in South Sudan, Syria, Colombia and Korea • Faith, Religion and International Security • Rescue of the Global Democratic Ideal • Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia • The Arab Spring Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana
  37. 37. Peace & Security US: Forum on peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula with Amb. Christopher Hill, former head of the US delegation to the 6-party talks, as keynote speaker
  38. 38. Peace & Security US: Peace and Security forum in Washington DC on “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria: Return of the Caliphate?”
  39. 39. Peace & Security Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana Brazil: Inaugurating the Peace Bell during the International Day of Peace program
  40. 40. Peace & Security Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana Bolivia: Lighting candles for peace on the International Day of Peace
  41. 41. Peace & Security Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana Costa Rica: International Day of Peace program
  42. 42. Peace & Security Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana Ecuador: International Day of Peace program in the former Senate Hall
  43. 43. Peace & Security Guyana: Prime Minister Samuel Hinds leads a peace march through the capital, Georgetown, on the International Day of Peace
  44. 44. Peace & Security Nicaragua: International Day of Peace program
  45. 45. Strengthening Marriage & Family Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana
  46. 46. Strengthening Marriage & Family Argentina: International Day of Families program honoring couples married more than 25 years
  47. 47. Strengthening Marriage & Family Brazil: International Day of Families programs
  48. 48. Strengthening Marriage & Family Colombia: International Day of Families program
  49. 49. Strengthening Marriage & Family Ecuador: On the International Day of Families, Dr. Juan Vasconez of UNICEF addresses a capacity crowd at the Quito City Hall.
  50. 50. Strengthening Marriage & Family Peru: International Day of Families programs in Lima at the National Congress
  51. 51. Strengthening Marriage & Family Uruguay: Ten couples married for 40 years or more were honored with certificates, and balloons with children’s drawings were released.
  52. 52. Strengthening Marriage & Family Uruguay: An international Day of Families Symposium in the Annex of the Legislative Palace
  53. 53. Strengthening Marriage & Family US: Popular speaker and author Deepak Chopra (inset) addresses an International Day of Families program at the United Nations headquarters in New York
  54. 54. Strengthening Marriage & Family US: National Day of Parents awards in California (top) and New Jersey (bottom)
  55. 55. Strengthening Marriage & Family Venezuela: International Day of Families program honors exemplary families.
  56. 56. Youth & Service Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana Sports for Peace Tournament: Italy
  57. 57. Youth & Service Argentina: Martial Arts World Cup in Buenos Aires
  58. 58. Youth & Service Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana Sports for Peace Tournament: Italy Guatemala: Intergenerational community improvement project
  59. 59. Youth & Service Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana Honduras: Young and old work together to create a community mural as part of a Religious Youth Service Project.
  60. 60. Youth & Service Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana Sports for Peace Tournament: Italy Peru: Youth bring gifts to less-fortunate children.
  61. 61. Youth & Service Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana Sports for Peace Tournament: Italy Venezuela: Painting at an orphanage in La Rinconada
  62. 62. Youth & Service St. Lucia PPeriamcee MAiwniastredrs L: eDaodmingin aic Panea Rcee pWuablkli:c Guyana Jamaica Guatemala Washington DC, USA Religious Youth Service projects
  63. 63. Toward Peace & Development in the Americas Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana Sports for Peace Tournament: Italy
  64. 64. UPF Founders’ Peace Tour 2005 Uruguay Argentina Brazil Bolivia Peru Ecuador Colombia Guyana Barbados Dominican Republic Costa Rica Mexico Uruguay: Meeting with President Tabaré Ramón Vázquez Rosas
  65. 65. Americas Summit 2008 US: America’s Summit speakers, Washington DC and College Station, Texas: Felipe Gonzalez (Spain), George H.W. Bush (U.S.), Julio Sanguinetti (Uruguay), Jorge Quiroga (Bolivia)
  66. 66. World Summit 2013 Speakers from Canada, Nicaragua, Panama, and the US addressed issues of peace and development at UPF’s World Summit 2013.
  67. 67. World Summit 2014 Dr. Luis Federico Franco Gomez (former president of Paraguay) and Dr. Julio Maria Sanguinetti (former president of Uruguay) addressed UPF’s World Summit 2014. US Senator Orrin Hatch sent a congratulatory message.
  68. 68. Argentina: International Leadership Conference at the Chamber of Deputies
  69. 69. Argentina: Prizes for the International Poetry Contest for the International Day of Peace and art contest for the International Day of Friendship
  70. 70. Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana Brazil: Festival of Nations celebrates the diversity of Brazil’s people.
  71. 71. Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana Paraguay: Program on New Ideas for a Society of Greater Justice and Solidarity
  72. 72. Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana Peru: Numerous UPF programs take place in the national Congress.
  73. 73. Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana Peru: Meeting of the Christian Leaders Alliance
  74. 74. World Peace Tour Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana US: American Leadership Conference in Miami brings together North American and Caribbean leaders.
  75. 75. World Peace Tour Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana US: American Leadership Conference in Washington DC.
  76. 76. World Peace Tour Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana US: Ambassador for Peace appointments at an American Leadership Conference in Los Angeles, California
  77. 77. World Peace Tour Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana US: American Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois
  78. 78. World Peace Tour Prime Minister Leading a Peace Walk: Guyana Canada: Conference on the Quest for True Canadian Values
  79. 79. www.UPF.org © 2014 UNIVERSAL PEACE FEDERATION 200 White Plains Road, Floor 1 • Tarrytown, NY 10591 • USA Phone: 1 914 631-1331 • E-mail: info@upf.org

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