UPF Annual Report 2012

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Draft annual report of activities by UPF chapters in 103 nations, including leadership conferences, peace and security forums, UN-related activities, and service-learning and humanitarian work. 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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  • 1. Universal Peace FederationAnnual Report2012
  • 2. A memorial service for the UPF Founder, who passed away September 3, 2012 atage 92Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Sun Myung Moon
  • 3. A September 15 memorial service at the Cheongshim Peace Center in KoreaHonoring the Legacy of Dr. Sun Myung Moon
  • 4. A UPF delegation was among the 30,000 mourners.Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Sun Myung Moon
  • 5. In Pyongyang, North Koreans offer condolences to his son Rev. Hyung Jin Moon.Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Sun Myung Moon
  • 6. Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Sun Myung Moon“His immense work for peace, the spiritual values which heembodied, and his exemplary life entirely dedicated to God andhumanity draw admiration.”– Pascal I. Koupaki, Prime Minister of Benin“I pray to the Almighty God to have mercy on the departed souland grant him eternal blessings in heaven.”– Girma Wolde-Giorgis, President of Ethiopia“I strongly believe that Father Moons message of peace and lovewill spread all over the world.”– Baburam Bhattarai, Prime Minister of Nepal
  • 7. Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Sun Myung Moon“Reverend Moon will long be remembered as a consummateadvocate of world peace.”– Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of Nigeria“May we find the courage and wisdom to lead and to continue thevision and work he dedicated his life, to realize world peace in ourlifetime.”– Johnson Toribiong, President of Palau“The contributions and efforts of Rev. Moon to createunderstanding and peace amongst the peoples of the world areinternationally acknowledged and appreciated.”– Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa
  • 8. Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Sun Myung Moon“He will be remembered as a man of peace and love.”– Gordon Darcy Lilo, Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands“Dr. Sun Myung Moon touched the lives of thousands of youthand families throughout Sri Lanka.”– Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka“His often-repeated motto „One family under God‟ is a constantreminder that we are all children of God.”– Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and theGrenadines“Please accept my sincere condolences and sympathies.”– Ma Ying-jeou, President of Taiwan
  • 9. Universal Peace FederationLeadership ConferencesPeace and SecurityInterfaith PeacebuildingMarriage and FamilyUN RelationsYouth and Service
  • 10. Leadership ConferencesUPF encourages leaders to apply spiritualprinciples to the tasks of resolving conflict andreconciling the divided human family.
  • 11. Afghanistan: “Innovative Approaches toSustainable Peace and Development”
  • 12. Albania: “The Role of Albanians in SecuringPeace in the Balkans”
  • 13. Australia: “Peace and Security in the Pacific”
  • 14. Austria: “Europe and Russia: Partners in aGlobalized World”
  • 15. Azerbaijan: “Peace Initiative in the SouthCaucasus: New Approaches to Peacebuilding”
  • 16. Belgium: “What More Can Europe Do toAdvance Human Rights?”
  • 17. Estonia: “Peacebuilding in MulticulturalSocieties”
  • 18. France: “A New Vision for Peace andDevelopment”
  • 19. Georgia: “Peacebuilding in MulticulturalSocieties”
  • 20. Germany: “What Kind of Europe Do WeEnvision for the Future?”
  • 21. Indonesia: “Innovative Approaches to Peace,Leadership, and Good Governance”
  • 22. Korea: “Building a World of Lasting Peace”
  • 23. Kosovo: “Principles and Practices forLasting Peace and Security in Kosovo andthe Wider Balkans”
  • 24. Nepal: “Innovative Approaches toPeace, Sustainable Development,& PovertyAlleviation”
  • 25. Norway: “Sustainable Peace for a SustainableFuture”
  • 26. Panama: “Regional Cooperation for Developmentin Latin America and the Caribbean”
  • 27. Russia: “Peace and Security in MulticulturalSocieties of Eurasia and Europe”
  • 28. United Kingdom: “Human Rights andthe Protection of the Unempoweredand Dispossessed”
  • 29. Leadership and Good Governance Award:H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-NasserPresident of the 66th Session of the UN General Assemblyand High Representative Designate for the UN Alliance of Civilizations
  • 30. Leadership and Good Governance Award:Prof. Ibrahim GambariFormer African Union-United NationsSpecial Representative for Darfur
  • 31. Peace and SecurityPeople-to-people diplomacyConsultations among scholars, diplomats, governmentofficials, civil society representatives, and religious leaders
  • 32. Washington DC, USA:Peace and Security Forums“The Arab Spring: One Year Later”“Transnational Crime in the Americas”“Security Cooperation in Southeast Asia and Oceania”“North Korea in Its Third Generation of Leadership”“Russia‟s Role in Stability in Eurasia and the Far East”“Rebirth of the International Market System”“The Tragedy and Hope for Syria”“The Face of Human Trafficking in America”“The Sahel Region of West Africa: Permanent Crisis?”“Tensions between China and Japan”
  • 33. Israel: Peace and Security Forums“Contemporary Aspects of National Resilience”“The Input that the International Powers have on theDevelopment and Sustainability of Israel‟s NationalResilience”
  • 34. Japan: Peace Diplomats Forums“A Dilemma of the Post-Dictatorial Era”“Lessons of Fukushima”“Universal Values and the Responsibility to Protect”
  • 35. Balkans Peace InitiativeInterfaith Harmony Week program in Albania,a consultation in Kosovo
  • 36. Balkans Peace InitiativeAlbanian and Kosovo youth work together on a projectin Tirana,a forum in Macedonia about principles of peace
  • 37. Baltic Dialogue InitiativeInternational gatherings in Estonia and St. Petersburg,Russia
  • 38. Middle East Peace InitiativeInterfaith forum, service-learning project
  • 39. North East Asia Peace InitiativeInternational consultation in the British Parliament
  • 40. North East Asia Peace InitiativeConference in Moscow on a united Korea as thedream of the Korean people
  • 41. South Asia Peace InitiativeConferences in Nepal and Afghanistan promotingpeace and security
  • 42. South Asia Peace InitiativeUniversity peace clubs in India,an interfaith youth project in Pakistan
  • 43. South Asia Peace InitiativeA forum on strengthening families in Bangladesh,a session of the Youth Parliament in Sri Lanka
  • 44. South Caucasus Peace InitiativeInternational conference in Georgia,a consultation in Azerbaijan
  • 45. South Caucasus Peace InitiativeRussian children make gifts for orphans in Georgia,informal meetings in Armenia
  • 46. Strengthening Marriage & FamilyPromoting recognition of marriage and familyas a sacred unit and the foundation of lastingpeace and development
  • 47. Canada: “Promoting Strong Family Valuesas the Foundation for a Peaceful Nation”
  • 48. Switzerland: “The Contribution of Families toPeace, Human Development, and Prosperity”
  • 49. Korea: “World Peace Blessing”UPF delegatesofferedcongratulatorymessages.
  • 50. Philippines: “Interfaith Peace Blessing Festival”
  • 51. Thailand: “Interfaith Peace Blessing Festival”
  • 52. Marriage and Family SeminarsNigeriaRwandaRussiaArgentinaGhana
  • 53. Interfaith Understanding & CooperationUPF calls on people of faith to honor the Divine indwelling ina way that encourages understanding, respect, andcooperation among people of all faiths for the well-being ofour communities and peace in the world.
  • 54. India: “India‟s Contribution to InterreligiousPeace and Harmony”
  • 55. Israel: “Religion and Peace in the Middle East:The Significance of Interfaith Cooperation”
  • 56. Jordan: “The Significance of the AmmanInterfaith Message”
  • 57. Korea: “Toward an Era of Interfaith Cooperationand Universal Peace”
  • 58. Philippines: “Interfaith Harmony and GoodGovernance in Peace and Development”
  • 59. Thailand: “Good Governance and InterreligiousCooperation”
  • 60. United States: “World Interfaith Harmony Week:Common Ground for the Common Good”
  • 61. United NationsReligious leaders and faith-based NGO heads joindiplomats and the President of the General Assembly ina celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week.
  • 62. ConsultationsAbuna Paulos I, Patriarch of theEthiopian Orthodox ChurchCoptic Pope Theodoros IIof Alexandria, Egypt
  • 63. Promoting Interfaith UnderstandingNepalBrazilAlbaniaRussia
  • 64. UN RelationsUPF is an NGO in Special Consultative Statuswith the United Nations Economic and Social Council.It supports and promotes the work of the United Nationsand the achievement of the Millennium DevelopmentGoals.
  • 65. UN World Interfaith Harmony Week:First Week of FebruaryMotto: “Love of God and Love of the Neighbor”/”Love of the Good and Love of theNeighbor”Celebrationat the UNGeneralAssemblyHall
  • 66. AlbaniaAustraliaAustriaBrazilCanadaChileColombiaCzech RepublicEcuadorGeorgiaGermanyHondurasHungaryIndiaIndonesiaIsraelItalyJapanKazakhstanMalaysiaMoldovaNepalNetherlandsPhilippinesPolandRussiaSlovakiaSouth KoreaSt. LuciaTaiwanThailandUKUSZambiaObserved in 34 nations
  • 67. UN World Interfaith Harmony WeekZambiaIsraelPrograms in Africa and the Middle East
  • 68. UN World Interfaith Harmony WeekALSO:CanadaColombiaEcuadorSt. LuciaHonduras BrazilChileUSPrograms in the Americas:
  • 69. UN World Interfaith Harmony WeekALSO: India, Malaysia, Nepal, TaiwanThailand JapanAustraliaPhilippinesIndonesiaPrograms in Asia and Oceania
  • 70. UN World Interfaith Harmony WeekPrograms in EurasiaGeorgiaKazakhstanMoldovaRussiaKazakhstan
  • 71. UN World Interfaith Harmony WeekALSO:AlbaniaAustriaCzech RepublicGermanyUKPolandNetherlandsItalyPrograms in EuropeSlovakiaHungaryPoland
  • 72. UN International Women‟s Day: March 8Theme for 2012: “Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty”Washington DC, USA
  • 73. UN International Women‟s Day:ArgentinaBurkina FasoCentral AfricanRepublicCzech RepublicEstoniaGeorgiaGhanaIndiaNepalPeruRussiaUKUSUruguayObserved in 14 nations
  • 74. UN International Women‟s DayPrograms in AfricaGhanaCentral African RepublicBurkina Faso
  • 75. UN International Women‟s DayPrograms in the AmericasPeruArgentinaUruguayALSO: Canada, USA
  • 76. UN International Women‟s DayPrograms in AsiaIndiaNepal
  • 77. UN International Women‟s DayPrograms in Europe and EurasiaUnited KingdomRussiaCzech Republic GeorgiaEstonia
  • 78. UN International Day of Families: May 15Theme for 2012: “Ensuring Work Family Balance”Malaysia
  • 79. Observed in 71 nationsAfghanistanAngolaArgentinaArmeniaAustriaBangladeshBelarusBeninBrazilCambodiaCameroonCanadaColombiaCongoCote dIvoireCzechRepublicDR CongoEcuadorEthiopiaFinlandGabonGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGuyanaIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIrelandIsraelJamaicaJapanKazakhstanKenyaLithuaniaLuxembourgMalaysiaMaliMarshall Is.MauritiusMoldovaNepalNetherlandsNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNorwayParaguayPeruRussiaRwandaSan MarinoSenegalSouth KoreaSierra LeoneSolomon Is.SomaliaSpainSri LankaSt. LuciaSurinameTaiwanThailandTurkeyU.K.U.S.UkraineUruguayVenezuelaZambiaZimbabwe
  • 80. UN International Day of FamiliesALSO:AngolaBeninCameroonCongoCoted‟IvoireEthiopiaGhanaIsraelMauritiusNigerRwandaSenegalSierraLeoneSomaliaTurkeyZambiaZimbabweRwandaKenyaTurkeyDemocratic Republic of the CongoPrograms in Africa and the Middle East
  • 81. UN International Day of FamiliesALSO:BrazilCanadaEcuadorGuyanaJamaicaPeruSt. LuciaSurinameUSUruguayPrograms in the AmericasNicaragua VenezuelaColombiaArgentinaParaguay
  • 82. UN International Day of FamiliesALSO:AfghanistanIndiaJapanMalaysiaSouth KoreaTaiwanThailandBangladeshPrograms in AsiaIndonesiaNepalCambodia
  • 83. UN International Day of FamiliesALSO:GeorgiaKazakhstanMoldovaPrograms in EurasiaArmeniaBelarusLithuaniaUkraineRussia
  • 84. UN International Day of FamiliesALSO: Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, SpainPrograms in EuropeFinlandIcelandIrelandSan MarinoUK
  • 85. UN International Day of FamiliesPrograms in OceaniaSolomon IslandsNew ZealandMarshall Islands
  • 86. UN International Day of Peace: September 21Theme for 2012: “Sustainable Peace for a SustainableFuture”Japan
  • 87. AfghanistanArgentinaAustraliaBrazilCambodiaCzech RepublicDominican RepublicEcuadorEstoniaEthiopiaGeorgiaGermanyIndiaIsraelItalyJapanLatviaMacedoniaMalaysiaMoldovaNepalNew ZealandNorwayPeruRussiaScotlandSpainSri LankaTaiwanUkraineUnited StatesZambiaObserved in 33 nations
  • 88. UN International Day of PeacePrograms in Africa and the Middle EastZambiaIsrael EthiopiaNigeria
  • 89. UN International Day of PeaceALSO:BrazilUnited StatesDominican RepublicArgentina EcuadorPeruPrograms in the Americas
  • 90. UN International Day of PeaceALSO:IndiaSri LankaAfghanistanCambodiaMalaysiaTaiwanNepalPrograms in Asia
  • 91. UN International Day of PeaceALSO: Russia EstoniaGeorgiaMoldova UkraineLatviaPrograms in Eurasia
  • 92. UN International Day of PeaceALSO:MacedoniaNorwaySpainCzech RepublicInternational Day of PWeltfriedenstag 20Wildeshausen: Auch der dreijährige Mekke Karacdes Friedenstages eine Papiertaube gestaltet. BilGermanyItalyScotlandPrograms in Europe:
  • 93. UN International Day of PeacePrograms in OceaniaNew ZealandAustralia
  • 94. Other UN DaysHolocaust Memorial Day (January 27)International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21)World Water Day (March 22)World Environment Day (June 5)Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression (June 4)Nelson Mandela International Day (July 18)International Day of Friendship (July30)International Youth Day (August 12)United Nations Day (October 24)International Day for Tolerance (November 16)Universal Children‟s Day (November 20)International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development (December 5)Human Rights Day (December 10)International Human Solidarity Day (December 20)UN commemorative days offer opportunities to develop partnershipsand draw attention to shared concerns.
  • 95. The AmericasArgentina:World WaterDay, WorldEnvironment Day,Day ofFriendship, Volunteer DayCanada:Human Rights DayColombia:World Water DayParaguay:Day of FriendshipPeru:Human Rights DayArgentina: World Environment DayParaguay:Day of FriendshipColombia: World Water Day
  • 96. AsiaPakistan:International Youth Day,Day of Tolerance,Volunteer DayInternational Youth DayDay of Tolerance
  • 97. EurasiaEstonia: Day ofToleranceGeorgia: Day of theElimination of RacialDiscrimination,UN DayRussia: Day of theElimination of RacialDiscrimination,Day of Children‟sProtection,Day of Friendship,Nelson Mandela Day,UN Day,Day of Tolerance,Volunteer Day,Human Rights DayTajikistan: Children‟sDayGeorgia: UN DayRussia: Nelson Mandela Day Tajikistan: Children‟s Day
  • 98. EuropeALSO:United Kingdom:Holocaust Memorial Dayat the British ParliamentBelgium:Human Rights Dayat the European Parliamentin BrusselsCzech Republic:Human Rights Dayat the European Housein Prague
  • 99. Africa Day, May 25ALSO:AustraliaGermanyIsraelKazakhstanUKEcuador JapanRussiaGhana
  • 100. Office of UN RelationsNew York, USAConsultation with Hon. Hisham Badr (right), Deputy Foreign Minister ofEgypt, at the opening of the 67th session of the U.N. General Assembly
  • 101. Rio+20UPF Secretary General Taj Hamad addresses a session of theUN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • 102. Participation with UNITARUPF staff participated in forums preparing for Rio+20 and the Arms TradeTreaty organized by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research(UNITAR).
  • 103. African Union SummitConsultation with former Chair of theAfrican Union Commission, H.E. Jean Ping(2nd from right)
  • 104. World Ecological Safety AssemblyUPF Secretary General Taj Hamad addressed the assembly inBali, Indonesia. UPF signed a Memorandum of Understandingwith the International Ecological Safety Cooperative Organization.
  • 105. Consultations at the Opening of the67th Session, UN General AssemblyH.E. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi(center), Prime Minister, Samoa
  • 106. Consultations at the Opening of the67th Session, UN General AssemblyHon. Nhial Deng Nhial (left), Foreign Minister, South Sudan
  • 107. Consultations at the Opening of the67th Session, UN General AssemblyMme. Mintou Doucoure Traore (center), First Lady, Mali
  • 108. Release of DOHA Institute BookThe Doha Institute on the Family sponsored a book linking the UN MillenniumDevelopment Goals to the family. UPF‟s Lynn Walsh was among eight authors whocontributed to this book..
  • 109. Program with NGO Committee onSpirituality, Values & Global ConcernsA Week of Spirituality, Values & Global Concerns, October 22-25
  • 110. Program with NGO Committee onSpirituality, Values & Global ConcernsMrs. Genie Kagawa, Deputy Director of UPF‟s Office of UN Relations,addressing an NGO conference on Healing the Wounds of History
  • 111. Japanese Tea CeremonyJapanese Tea Ceremony hosted by the Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN
  • 112. Office of Embassy RelationsWashington DC, USAForum on Women in Tunisia and the Arab Spring
  • 113. International Women‟s DayInternational Day of PeaceInternational Day of Families
  • 114. Youth and ServicePromoting the spirit that all people are part of“one family under God”
  • 115. AlbaniaEstoniaGeorgiaIndiaJamaicaMalaysiaMoldovaNepalPakistanRussiaSri LankaSt. LuciaThailandReligious Youth ServiceThrough living together and providing altruistic service in a community,participants demonstrate that it is possible for our global human family tocome together in peace for our mutual well being.
  • 116. Planting trees and helping at anorphanage in TiranaALBANIA
  • 117. Renovating buildings in PilistvereESTONIA
  • 118. Renovating buildings in ZugdidiGEORGIA
  • 119. Making improvements at anelementary school in Portland ParishJAMAICA
  • 120. Helping at a geriatric center inIaloveniMOLDOVA
  • 121. Helping at an orphanage in Kavre,repairing a water system in ChitlangNEPAL
  • 122. Providing sanitation for Hindu slumdwellers in MultanPAKISTAN
  • 123. Cleaning the House of Writers inSt. PetersburgRUSSIA
  • 124. Building a community center in thePuttlam DistrictSRI LANKA
  • 125. Cleaning and organizing activitiesat a school in CiceronST. LUCIA
  • 126. Helping with rural development inBaan DadthongchareonTHAILAND
  • 127. Humanitarian AidMauritiusNepalNorth KoreaPeruRussiaUgandaAddressing the Millennium Development Goals of achieving universalprimary education, combating disease, and ensuring environmentalsustainability
  • 128. Offering health education and aclinic in Quatre-BornesMAURITIUS
  • 129. Distributing food and clothing to theelderly, offering a health clinicNEPAL
  • 130. Donations of medical suppliesto a children‟s hospitalNORTH KOREA
  • 131. Bringing cards and gifts to elderlyhospital patients in LimaPERU
  • 132. Putting up tents and bringing suppliesafter the flooding in KrymskRUSSIA
  • 133. Giving supplies and equipment toschools near KampalaUGANDA
  • 134. Special EventsAfricaThe AmericasAsiaEurasiaEuropeOceania
  • 135. AfricaCameroonBeninCongoNiger
  • 136. AfricaAngolaZimbabweSomaliaSenegal
  • 137. AfricaCote d‟IvoireGabonSierra LeoneMali
  • 138. AmericasArgentina: International Day ofFriendship art contest (right)Peru: Scissors Dance (below)Canada:InternationalDay ofFamilies
  • 139. AsiaNepal:“Clean andGreen”campaignIndia:Interc
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