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Genocides – 6 pm, Thurs 28 April, 43 Lancaster Gate, W2 3NA

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on April 23, 2016

Universal Peace Federation – UK

Genocides and Crimes Against Humanity
6.30pm start (refreshments served at 6.00 pm), Thursday 28th, April, 2016
43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA.

101st Anniversary of Armenian Genocide
42nd Year of Kurdish Genocide at the University of Sulaymaniyah in Qaladze

Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Speakers include:
Opening remarks Margaret Keverian Ali: Director, UPF
Dr Garen Arevian: Campaign for the Recognition of the Armenian Genocide (CRAG)
Slideshow of the Victims of the War

Dr. Safer Hassan: Sheffield University

Mrs Freshta Raper

Khalid Asinger from Nawandi Qaladze

Dr Margaret Owen: Widows for Peace Through Democracy (TBC)

Mrs Charlotte Simon: Founder of Mothers of Congo from the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Closing Remarks Robin Marsh: Secretary General, UPF

In the last year or so we have heard a number of instances of ethnic cleansing. Black clad ISIL fighters executing orange clad prisoners. Massacres of people who are not Sunni-Muslims in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and now Libya. The consequences of those tragic incidents last beyond the generations living at the time. The desire for revenge and the inherited hatred take considerable effort to resolve. Heartfelt reconciliation efforts over many years are required to overcome the bitterness created in relatively short periods of inhuman brutality. The denial of responsibility can delay this reconciliation progress considerably.

This year is the 101st anniversary of the Armenian genocide. This has always been denied by Turkey. It has been an unresolved hurt that is thought by some to have inspired other dictators since that they can oppress minority communities others with impunity. Please join us to understand the past better so that we can face the present and future with more clarity. We have speakers from the Armenian community, the Kurdish community and the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kindly RSVP to let us know you are coming. We look forward to seeing you again.

Yours sincerely,

Margaret Keverian Ali: Director, Mobile: 07723024750
Robin Marsh: Secretary General, Mobile: 07956210768

Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK
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Holocaust Memorial and Genocide Awareness Jan 28 6-30 pm

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on January 13, 2016

 

Universal Peace Federation (UPF):

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Holocaust Memorial and Genocide Awareness

43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA

6:30 – 8:30 pm, Thursday 28th January, 2016

Edwin Shuker: Vice President of the European Jewish Council (Invited)

Charlotte Simon: Founder of Mothers of Congo

Sheikh Dr. Hojjat Ramzy: Chair of Muslim Council of Britain’s Education Committee

Rev Dr Marcus Braybrooke: Joint – President Chair of the World Congress of Faiths

You are cordially invited to a commemoration of ‘Holocaust Memorial and Genocide Awareness’ to be held in 43 Lancaster Gate on the 28th January. Universal Peace Federation (UPF) holds this event annually to promote awareness of ‘the path to genocide’. (For more information link) Previous years UPF programmes and visits to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum near Jerusalem have highlighted the consequences of not responding promptly to movements towards genocide. (Link for UPF’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum Repentance and Remembrance Ceremony.) UPF’s founding principle of humanity as “One Family Under God” signifies the importance of understanding how such atrocities have happened and the determination to strive to prevent future reoccurrences. Mr. Faizullah Khan presented a paper in 2010 on the ‘Paths to Genocide’, exploring the parallels of these tragedies. We are hoping to have a speaker from the Roma community who tragically lost approximately 500,000 people in the Holocaust.

Sheikh Dr Hojjat Ramzy will be highlighting the suffering of the Rohingya people who Al Jazeera (link) describe as ‘the world’s most persecuted minority. …About 140,000 Rohingya in the Rakhine state live in ghetto-like camps that they can’t leave without government permission.’ He will be also discussing the commemoration of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslims.

Charlotte Simon, Founder of Mothers of Congo, will be sharing about the slaughter of 6 million Congolese in eastern DRC. It is also known as the rape capital of the world.

Rev Dr Marcus Braybrooke is the long-time Chair of the World Congress of Faiths. He has been involved in interfaith work for over forty years. He was Executive Director of the Council of Christians and Jews from 1984-8. He is a Co-Founder of the Three Faiths Forum, Patron of the International Interfaith Centre at Oxford and a Peace Councillor. He has travelled widely to attend interfaith conferences and to lecture. He has studied for a time in India and in Israel.

Edwin Shuker is a leading member of the Jewish Community being an Executive member of the Board of Deputies and the Vice President of the World Sephardic Congress.

We ask you to put this date in your diary and urge you to reserve a seat. We look forward to seeing you on the 28th of January.

Yours sincerely,

Robin Marsh Cllr. Margaret Ali

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Sustainable Funding Platform – RealStew

21st January 6.30 pm, 43 Lancaster Gate, W2 3NA: Realstew: an online sustainable funding method to support your charity or other favourite cause. We have the special opportunity of having the founder of Realstew, Paddy Delaney, here to explain this to us in person. Fundraising for philanthropic and humanitarian causes is getting ever more difficult. The global economic crisis has seen the “donatable pound in the pocket” shrink. Traditional methods of fundraising have given way to regular giving in the hope that this would enhance the sustainability of such donation. However, even this is under attack from the ongoing effects of the economic crisis. To know more about Realstew please use this link here. Full invitation link here.

JAN 14: Introduction to Universal Peace Federation 2nd Thursday of every month http://ow.ly/Wwqsy

JAN 21: Realstew Showcase: Sustainable Funding Invite Link

JAN 26: UPF Members and Ambassadors for Peace – Last Tuesday Evening of Every Month 43 Lancaster Gate, W2 3NA

JAN 28: Genocide Awareness and Holocaust Memorial Day http://ow.ly/Wws7F

FEB 11: Introduction to Universal Peace Federation http://ow.ly/Wwqsy

FEB 27: Celebration of Family and Marriage Rededication Invite Link

MAR 11-13: UPF Weekend ‘Retreat’ in the Wiltshire countryside Info. Invite Link

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Realstew Showcase for Sustainable Funding

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on December 18, 2015

 

Universal Peace Federation (UPF)

Realstew Showcase:  A Method of Sustainable Funding by Realstew Founder, Paddy Delaney

Thursday 21st January, 2016

43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA

Registration and Refreshments 6:30pm / Event 7:00pm to 8:30pm

RSVP: pa@uk.upf.org

We would like to introduce you to Realstew: an online sustainable funding method to support your charity or other favourite cause. On the 21st of January we have the special opportunity of having the founder of Realstew, Paddy Delaney, here to explain this to us in person. Fundraising for philanthropic and humanitarian causes is getting ever more difficult. The global economic crisis has seen the “donatable pound in the pocket” shrink. Traditional methods of fundraising have given way to regular giving in the hope that this would enhance the sustainability of such donation. However, even this is under attack from the ongoing effects of the economic crisis. To know more about Realstew please use this link here.

Here at UK – UPF we have experienced this and so we have arranged a series of seminars focussed on developing sustainable funding for you and your organisation. The first of these will take place on Thursday 21st January 2016 (in time to kick start your new year’s fundraising efforts). Please bring your laptop or ipad to best utilise Paddy Delaney’s explanation first hand.

UK – UPF members will naturally attend free of charge. Non-members could pay £30 for attendance including a one-year’s UK – UPF membership and entitle you to attend all future sustainable funding events through the year. However, if you do not want to become a UPF Member the price is £12 on the door or £10 in advance online for this event. Subsequent events will be similarly priced.

As seating is limited we would ask that you RSVP no later than 10th January. There is a link for payment here.

With very best regards,

David Buckley, UPF Membership Secretary

In Association With Paddy Delaney, Realstew Ltd.

Robin Marsh, UPF-UK Secretary GeneralMobile: 07956210768

Margaret Ali, UPF-UK Director – Mobile: 07723024750

Joyce Suda, UPF-UK DirectorMobile: 07903311052

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Universal Peace Federation-UK Annual Peace Council Sat 5th Dec

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on November 27, 2015

Universal Peace Federation (UPF)

Universal Peace Federation Peace Council
43 Lancaster Gate, W2 3NA
10.30 am Saturday 5th December 2015

We would like to invite you to the annual year end gathering as a follow up and a preparation for next year. One of the central themes of the development of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) is the Peace Council that was proposed at the founding of the UPF as a place for people from many backgrounds to join together to discuss goals and strategies that can influence a nation or a city in a good direction. It was proposed as a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences.

The Peace Council was proposed as the forum to bring together national level people of many backgrounds in order to pool their efforts. UPF in the UK is known for holding events and activities such as commemorating special UN Days such as World Interfaith Harmony Week, UN Day of the Girl, International Women’s Day, World Interfaith Harmony Week, Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict, Youth Engagement in Politics, as well as Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change conferences. We are also known for human rights events, interfaith activities, promotion of the family and the development of Youth UPF. We are a partner of Parliament Week and Youth UPF held a workshop on youth political understanding during Parliament Week 2015. We have held a series of events to raise awareness of human rights issues of sexual violence in eastern DR Congo and Conflict Minerals.

During this Peace Council 2015 we will have contributions from some of the Directors of UPF. They will explain a three year activity and fundraising plan for 2016 – 2018. We have a plan to focus on inter-religious programmes, Importance of the Family and how help strengthen the Family, finally on Peace building, centred on Inter Religious, Inter Racial and Inter Communal, Cooperation as well as Peace Activities.

There will be contributions from several Ambassadors for Peace. These will include Cecilia Hallstrom from Malmo Central Mosque in Sweden and Saoussen Ben Cheikh who will explain her work on the Turkish border with Syria with refugees from the Syrian conflict. She has been working with Medicin Sans Frontiere for several years and now working with another charity. There will be a few reports / models of good practice including Birmingham and South London.

During our Peace Council on December 5th 2015 you will be joining Ambassadors for Peace, UPF members and activists from different parts of the UK. There will be a number of notable speakers present on the day who have been part of our regular activities throughout the year.

If you have not renewed your UPF Membership, it is only £30. If you join before the Peace Council (or at the reception desk on the day), where entrance to the Peace Council will be £5 instead of £12 to cover lunch costs. Tickets can be bought online in advance to reserve your place through this link. Otherwise it will cost £12 to attend the Peace Council. Please let us know any dietary requirements.

Yours sincerely,

Secretary General – Robin Marsh (07956210768)
Director – Margaret Ali (07723024750)
Director – Joyce Suda (07903311052)

Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK

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Universal Peace Federation-UK Annual Peace Council Sat 5th Dec

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on November 26, 2015

Universal Peace Federation (UPF)

UPF Peace Council
43 Lancaster Gate, W2 3NA
10.30 am Sat 5th December 2015

We would like to invite you to the annual year end gathering as a follow up and a preparation for next year. One of the central themes of the development of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) is the Peace Council that was proposed at the founding of the UPF as a place for people from many backgrounds to join together to discuss goals and strategies that can influence a nation or a city in a good direction. It was proposed as a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences.

The Peace Council was proposed as the forum to bring together national level people of many backgrounds in order to pool their efforts. UPF in the UK is known for holding events and activities such as commemorating special UN Days such as World Interfaith Harmony Week, UN Day of the Girl, International Women’s Day, World Interfaith Harmony Week, as well as Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change conferences. We are also known for human rights events, interfaith activities, promotion of the family and the development of Youth UPF. We are a partner of Parliament Week and Youth UPF held a workshop on youth political understanding during Parliament Week 2015. We have held a series of events to raise awareness of human rights issues of sexual violence in eastern DR Congo and Conflict Minerals.

During this Peace Council 2015 we will have contributions from some of the Directors of UPF. They will explain a three year activity plan for 2016 – 2018. We have a plan to focus on inter-religious programmes, importance of the family and how to strengthen the family, finally on peace building, centred on inter-religious, inter-racial and inter-community cooperation as well as other peace activities.

There will be contributions from several Ambassadors for Peace. These will include Cecilia Hallstrom from Malmo Central Mosque in Sweden and Saoussen Ben Cheikh who will explain her work on the Turkish border with Syria with refugees from the Syrian conflict. She has been working with Medecins Sans Frontieres for several years and now working with another local Turkish charity.

During our Peace Council on December 5th 2015 you will be joining Ambassadors for Peace, UPF members and activists from different parts of the UK. There will be a number of notable speakers present on the day who have been part of our regular activities throughout the year.

Annual Membership is only £30 if you join before the Peace Council (or at the reception desk on the day), where entrance to the Peace Council will be £5 instead of £12 to cover lunch costs. Otherwise it will cost £12 to attend the Peace Council.

Yours sincerely,

Secretary General – Robin Marsh (07956210768)
Director – Margaret Ali (07723024750)
Director – Joyce Suda (07903311052)

Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK

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Interfaith Week Universal Peace Federation Event

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on November 9, 2015

Universal Peace Federation UK

Interfaith Week Event

43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA

6 pm 25th November, 2015

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Baldev Singh-Bains, Sikh Consultative Council-UK

Sanjay Jagatia: Secretary General, Hindu Council-UK

Yeotunde Adeola, Women of Faith Foundation

Sheikh Hojjat Ramzy, Chairman of Education Committee, Muslim Council of Britain

Edwin Shuker, Vice President, European Jewish Congress

Samani Punya Pragya MA and Dr. Samani Unnat Pragya, Jain Nuns

Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, President, World Congress of Faiths (TBC)

Plus Diary Note for Annual Peace Council – December 5th see below

Dear Friends,

During Interfaith week we have a good opportunity to consider the state of inter-religious, intra-religious, and inter-community relations. In some cases it is the intra-religious tension that is the more difficult to overcome. As a group of people from different faith backgrounds, as well as no faith, we are attempting to create different models that enhance interaction between communities within the UK.

The UK is advanced in its efforts to bring communities together but it is also an effort that needs continual reinforcement and is subject to the influence of international tensions. These challenges oblige us to maintain our efforts. One significant influence is the Syrian crisis that calls us to reflect on our values and our responsibility to give sanctuary to refugees who have lost so much. Many religious leaders and founders have been refugees in times of great conflict when their guiding principles were tested by unpopularity and persecution. We would like to propose that young people also join the conversation and challenge themselves to develop their capacity to serve other communities and learn and understand the “OTHER” and to take the less popular route to learn essential points of faith, through the process.

At this time, on Wednesday 25th we would like to invite people of various faiths and cultural backgrounds and some young representatives and people working with young people, to consider how inter-religious harmony and cooperation can help us to understand and deal with the current problems facing our country.

We hope that this event will allow each speaker to explore different models of improving understanding and interaction between communities. Along the lines of the saying, ‘You cannot solve a problem on the same level of consciousness that it was created’ we also hope to hear innovative ideas utilising scriptural wisdom to tackle current problems.

Please also reserve the date December 5th in your diary for the pa or go this link for more information.

Yours sincerely,

Robin Marsh, UPF-UK Secretary GeneralMobile: 07956210768

Margaret Ali, UPF-UK Director – Mobile: 07723024750

Joyce Suda, UPF-UK DirectorMobile: 07903311052

Office: 02072620985 Web: www.uk.upf.org

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Interfaith Week Universal Peace Federation Event

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on November 8, 2015

Universal Peace Federation UK

Interfaith Week Event

43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA

6 pm 25th November, 2015

Baldev Singh-Bains, Sikh Consultative Council-UK

Sanjay Jagatia: Secretary General, Hindu Council-UK

Yeotunde Adeola, Women of Faith Foundation

Sheikh Hojjat Ramzy, Chairman of Education Committee, Muslim Council of Britain

Edwin Shuker, Vice President of the European Jewish Congress

Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, President, World Congress of Faiths (TBC)

Dear Friends,

During Interfaith week we have a good opportunity to consider the state of inter-religious, intra-religious, and inter-community relations. In some cases it is the intra-religious tension that is the more difficult to overcome. As a group of people from different faith backgrounds, as well as no faith, we are attempting to create different models that enhance interaction between communities within the UK.

The UK is advanced in its efforts to bring communities together but it is also an effort that needs continual reinforcement and is subject to the influence of international tensions. These challenges oblige us to maintain our efforts. One significant influence is the Syrian crisis that calls us to reflect on our values and our responsibility to give sanctuary to refugees who have lost so much. Many religious leaders and founders have been refugees in times of great conflict when their guiding principles were tested by unpopularity and persecution. We would like to propose that young people also join the conversation and challenge themselves to develop their capacity to serve other communities and learn and understand the “OTHER” and to take the less popular route to learn essential points of faith, through the process.

At this time, on Wednesday 25th we would like to invite people of various faiths and cultural backgrounds and some young representatives and people working with young people, to consider how inter-religious harmony and cooperation can help us to understand and deal with the current problems facing our country.

We hope that this event will allow each speaker to explore different models of improving understanding and interaction between communities. Along the lines of the saying, ‘You cannot solve a problem on the same level of consciousness that it was created’ we also hope to hear innovative ideas utilising scriptural wisdom to tackle current problems.

Yours sincerely,

Robin Marsh, UPF-UK Secretary GeneralMobile: 07956210768

Margaret Ali, UPF-UK Director – Mobile: 07723024750

Joyce Suda, UPF-UK DirectorMobile: 07903311052

Office: 02072620985 Web: www.uk.upf.org

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Universal Peace Federation – UK Dinner Thursday July 2nd

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on June 17, 2015

Universal Peace Federation – UK Dinner

43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA

6.30 pm, Thursday, 2nd July, 2015

We would like to invite you to a Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Dinner on July 2nd at 43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA. Please join us to celebrate the work and the ideals of UPF. It is £30 for a ticket to join us for a wonderful evening with Great Music, featuring singer – songwriter, Tally Koren, and a young musicians group called “Music Loving Family”, amongst

others. Sheikh Dr Hojjat Ramzy, a UPF Director, will be conducting an Auction extraordinaire with some wonderful items.

During the evening Keith Best, also a Director will be speaking about UPF’s ideals as well as his experience of 30 years of public service. Keith, a former MP, is the Chair of the Executive Committee of the World Federalist Movement from 1987. He has been the director of Prisoners Abroad between 1989-1993. In 1993, he became Chief Executive of the Immigration Advisory Service. In 2003, he was named among the most influential top one hundred people in public services in the UK. In the beginning of 2011 he became the CEO of Freedom from Torture.

​We hope you can join us for a great evening to celebrate the values that bring us together to have an impact on this world.

Tickets can be obtained through this linkor by sending us a cheque payable to Universal Peace Federation, 43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA.

Yours sincerely,

Robin Marsh, UPF-UK Secretary GeneralMobile: 07956210768

Margaret Ali, UPF-UK Director – Mobile: 07723024750

Joyce Suda, UPF-UK DirectorMobile: 07903311052

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Eritrea: Business Ethics, Migration and Trafficking 6 pm 15th June, London

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on June 10, 2015

Solicitors International Human Rights Group (SIHRG) & Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK

Eritrea: Business Ethics, Migration and Trafficking

Monday, 6pm, 15th June, 2015

43 Lancaster Gate, W2 3NA

You are cordially invited to Eritrea: Business Ethics, Migration and Trafficking. This is the third part series on Eritrea and the development of Business and Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility. This panel discussion will look at the key issues facing Eritrea from the development of its natural resources through to migration and trafficking.

Introduction & Welcome: Robin Marsh, Sec. Gen. UK-UPF Chair: Ruby Sandhu, Vice Chair of SIHRG

Mr Todd Romaine, VP Corporate Social Responsibility, Nevsun Resources Limited. Todd will discuss business operations in Eritrea and the recent CSR Report and the company’s vision to generate shared prosperity through its business operations. This objective means much more than just generating economic benefit. It also means protecting the safety and health of employees, mitigating environmental impacts from its activities, respecting the human rights of its workers and the residents of the communities in which it operates, and contributing to the sustainable development of those communities.

Lloyd Lipsett, LKL International. Lloyd is an international human rights lawyer with over 15 years of experience working with leading companies, governments, national human rights institutions, civil society organisations and indigenous peoples. He has developed a niche in the field of human rights impact assessment with a focus on extractive industry projects and free trade agreements. He has special expertise on indigenous peoples rights, economic, social and cultural rights and stakeholder engagement.

Indira Kartallozi, Chrysalis Family Futures. Indira is the founder and director of Chrysalis Family Futures – a social enterprise that stands for protection and empowering of human and socio-economic rights of vulnerable and marginalised families and children. Indira has 15-year experience and on issues of migration and human rights. Her work with Chrysalis Family Futures has taken her to various countries in Africa, Europe and Latin America.

Simon Tesfamariam, Trafficking in Eritrea. Simon is the founder and director of the Red Sea Institute, an Asmara-based think tank, whose mission is to advance sustainable peace, economic development, and social progress in the Red Sea Basin and Horn of Africa sub-region. He is an active blogger on Eritrean issues and has written extensively on human trafficking and migration. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Washington and is currently a student at Duke University School of Medicine.

Closing Remarks: Robin Marsh

Venue: 43 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3NA Monday, 15 June 2015
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Celebration of Africa Day 2015, 6.30 pm, 4th June

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on June 1, 2015

Universal Peace Federation – UK

Celebration of Africa Day 2015:

The Inspiring Things To Learn From, Or See Developing, In Africa

6.30 pm, 4th June 2015

43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA

Speakers Include:

Justina Mutale: African Role Model and Women of the Year 2012

Pauline Long: Founder BEFFTA Awards, Media Figure

Charlotte Simon: Founder Mothers of Congo

Rukayat Aderewa Basaru: True African Heritage Media

We are honoured to invite you to attend a celebration of Africa Day 2015. We are happy to share this day with our friends and partners in the event. There are more full biographies below. Africa Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of a fast growing continent. There are many inspirational examples from nations like Botswana that is relatively free of corruption and has free education and health due to a growing economy based on diamonds. The family culture, (which really means the extended family) that is prevalent throughout Africa. The religious nature of African people. The music and foods of different parts of the African continent, which always creates a welcoming atmosphere. The world comes to Africa for minerals and other resources. There is so much more to Africa to learn from and gain inspiration.

UPF International celebrates Africa Day each year. Several times this has been in the Manhattan Centre in New York with the UN Secretary General, Ban, Ki-Moon. It reflects the partnership between the African Union and UPF. There will be African food, music, cultural wisdom, story-telling and clothes.

Please come and celebrate with us. Kindly RSVP to reserve your place.

Warm regards,

Robin Marsh: UPF-UK Secretary General Mobile: 07956210768
Margaret Ali: UPF-UK Director Mobile: 07723024750
Joyce Suda: UPF-UK Director Tel: 07903311052

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Biographies of Speakers:

Justina Mutale:

Acclaimed as one of the most influential and inspirational women of African origin, Justina Mutale is the AFRICAN WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2012, an honour bestowed upon Justina on the same platform as Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa as well as the former President of Malawi, The Rt. Hon. Joyce Banda and the former female Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, The Hon. Thokozani Khupe. Justina is also Honorary Ambassador for Gender Equality, a UPF Ambassador for Peace and a Spokesperson for the INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S THINK TANK, which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA. Founder of POSITIVE RUNWAY, Global Catwalk to stop the spread of HIV, Justina has been featured as a Hero in the Capital Finance International Journal, which brings coverage and analysis of the drivers behind change by combining the views of leading multilateral and national organizations with thought leadership from some of the world’s top minds. Having gained global recognition for her ability, as a public personality to use her status to potentially influence the thinking of both Africans and non-Africans alike, Justina is featured among the 365 of Africa’s most respected names, well-known faces, and influential voices who inspire the future, motivate the young generation, and raise the profile to positively alter the perceptions of Africa and Africans around the world.

Pauline Long:

The Mother of two and entrepreneur was recently listed in the Black Women in Europe Power List as the most powerful and inspirational black women in Europe.

Pauline Long is the founder of Europe’s biggest award ceremony, the BEFFTA AWARDS, that celebrates and honours black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts. She is also the founder of Mr and Miss East Africa UK. She is a UPF Ambassador for Peace. As a passionate community personality and philanthropist, she mentors many youth in the industry and supports unsigned artists through her award-winning film studio, East End Studios. She hosts the Pauline Long show, a premier global TV talk show with a global audience broadcasting live from London on SKY 182-BEN TV, discussing current issues, politics, economy, beauty, fashion, entertainment, film, charity and more.

Charlotte Simon:

Charlotte Simon-Bongumba founded the Mothers of Congo to highlight both the horrors of mass rape and the genocide in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). (www.mothersofcongo.org). She has called for the end to impunity for those who have committed rape or war crimes in the last 18 years in DRC. She has supported her daughter’s efforts to fund clinics in eastern DRC that deal with the victims of sexual violence. (www.tatianagiraudfoundation.org)

Mrs Simon-Bongumba was presented with Ambassador for Peace award, BEFFTA Award and the ‘African Achievers Award for Woman’s Empowerment’ for the ‘life changing work for the women of the Democratic Republic of Congo both home and abroad in an area as critical as sexual violence. As an individual and through the work of Mother of Congo your desire and practical commitment to transforming the destinies of women who have suffered horrific crimes has become a source of inspiration, hope and empower for many.’

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Universal Peace Federation’s Two Slogans

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on October 19, 2014

Universal Peace FedeartionThe two slogans of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) are ‘Living for the Sake of Others’ and humanity is ‘One Family Under God’.

The first slogan, ‘Living for the sake of others’ is used by UPF to resolve conflicts and encourage personal growth. This conference has considered national branding deeply. The ultimate branding should be respected and trusted as someone who has integrity, a company that is law abiding and is a valuable stakeholder in the community or nation or a nation that is respected for its contribution to solving the problems of other less fortunate nations or to resolving world problems. In the UK prior to the last election in 2010 I was very happy that all three political parties had committed themselves to achieving 07 of 1% of Gross National Income to dedicate to Overseas Development Aid. It was something that we and many other NGOs had campaigned for before the election and since there has been a constant battle to maintain that total and the altruistic sincerity of the purposes for which it was and is being used. Read the rest of this entry »

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Japanese UPF delegation Visits UK

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on October 13, 2014

Meeting in the House of Lords

Meeting in the House of Lords

Japanese Universal Peace Federation (UPF) delegation in House of Lords today – Dr Yong Cheon Song speech – UPF Japan looking for the wisdom of post-war Europe that enabled peace, integration of nations and freedom – bit.ly/1svsTmZ

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Event: Today’s Youth, Architects of Peace?

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on October 11, 2014

Event: Today’s Youth, Architects of Peace? London October 22 including #IamTawfik campaign. #libya @JohnLoughton RT http://t.co/UQMU0xXi3R

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http://ow.ly/Ckb6t Yvonne Chaka Chaka Re

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on October 6, 2014

http://ow.ly/Ckb6t Yvonne Chaka Chaka Receives Ambassador for Peace award during Africa Rising Power14 Programme in London #ukUPF

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‘Breaking the Slave Chain’ a Youth UPF

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on September 30, 2014

SOAS Event Photo 250‘Breaking the Slave Chain’ a Youth UPF and ABSoc event in SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) University of London last night. Humphrey Hawksley (BBC World Affairs Correspondent), Hannah Bruce (Ethical Trading Initiative), Colleen Theron (Stop the Traffik) and Chaired by Ollie Davies (Youth UPF Director). http://ow.ly/i/73zL9 http://bit.ly/1xwPN0f

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New Global Witness research shows EU must do more about conflict minerals

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on September 29, 2014

New Global Witness research shows EU must do more to reduce deadly #conflictminerals trade: http://t.co/aJeA9LM7N9 EU trade in tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (‘conflict minerals’ when sourced from DRCongo for example) was responsible for almost a quarter (€28.5 billion) of the global trade in tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold ores and metals, which was worth over €123 billion.

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Dr BK Modi Founder Global Citizen Forum with Dr.Thomas Walsh UPF International President

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on September 26, 2014

Dr B K Modi, Founder Global Citizen Forum, photo with Dr.Thomas G. Walsh, Universal Peace Federation President, Larry Beasley CEO & Pres & Thomas P.McDevitt Chairman of the Washington Times  http://t.co/UwP8ibIciA

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Dr B K Modi Founder of Global Citizen Forum:  http://lp.yuucore.net/gcf/founder.html

Dr Thomas Walsh UPF President http://www.upf.org

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Africa Rising conf The Role of the Diasp

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on September 26, 2014

Africa Rising conf The Role of the Diaspora African Woman bit.ly/1urj3nR #UPF inc. South African Singer, YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA #POWER14

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Press Release – YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA TO SPEAK AT AFRICA RISING CONFERENCE IN LONDON

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on September 24, 2014

Press Release (for immediate release)

Africa Rising - The Role of the Diaspor African WoMan Final Flyer 450YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA TO SPEAK AT AFRICA RISING CONFERENCE IN LONDON

South African Superstar and Legendary Singer, YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA will be in London next week. Ms Chaka Chaka, who is a UNICEF & Roll Back Malaria Goodwill Ambassador and Founder of Princess of Africa Foundation will hold the London premiere of her film: “A MOTHERLAND TOUR: A Journey of African Women with Yvonne Chaka Chaka” which will be screened in the wings of the 58th BFI London Film Festival.

Ms Chaka Chaka will also be a Keynote Speaker at the Conference on “AFRICA RISING: THE ROLE OF THE DIAPSORA AFRICAN WOMAN”, which will be hosted by the Rt. Hon. Baroness Verma, Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change at the House of Lords, Westminster Houses of Parliament on Thursday 2nd October 2014. The Women’s Conference will discuss the role of women in the rise of Africa, with special focus on the need for the Diaspora African Woman to constructively engage with the current exciting and transformative moment in Africa’s history. The Conference aims to provide delegates an opportunity to gain insight and join discussions about the realities, obligations, obstacles and opportunities for the Diaspora African Woman in Africa Rising. The Conference has been convened by members of the “POWER 14″, who include Justina Mutale, Founder & CEO of POSITIVE RUNWAY, who is also African Woman of the Year 2012 and Gender Equality Ambassador & Spokesperson for the International Women’s Think Tank; Jacqueline Onalo, Human Rights and Immigration Lawyer at R. Spio & Company Solicitors and a trustee of Community Development Initiatives (CDI); and Deborah Owhin, Gender Equality Specialist and Founder of Made Equal, a vision to engage, educate and empower people in their 20s and 30s in the campaign to eradicate gender inequality.

It is hoped that this Conference can provide an avenue for understanding and paving a way for African women, including those in the Diaspora, to play an integral part in the rise of the continent in the wake of Africa’s changing political, environmental; economic and social landscape; as well as in the United Nations Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda” says Justina Mutale. Read the rest of this entry »

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World is getting less peaceful. It is official!

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on September 21, 2014

World is getting less peaceful. It is official! The Global Peace Index research into costs and benefits of peace is very thorough. The eight pillars of peace for stable and resilient nations are very important to maintain. #peaceday #jcipeace14 Camilla Schippa http://bit.ly/1ubOgvo

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More than 800 million people suffer from hunger

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on September 17, 2014

#UN #FAO More than 800 million people – or 1 in 9 in world – suffer from hunger – down by 100 million in decade bit.ly/1qezVGI   #MDG halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 ‘still possible’

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African Peace and Inclusive Development – Africa Day 2014 – 5-00 pm 43 lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on May 12, 2014

Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK

African Peace and Inclusive Development

Africa Day  Sunday 25th May at 5pm

43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA, UK.

Draft Programme

 

You are welcome to attend the Africa Day celebration next Sunday from 5.00 pm. We will be having a mix of traditional dress (Please wear your traditional national dress if you are part of the African diaspora.), music, poetry and the highlighting of serious issues that require our support and action.

To commemorate the creation of the Africa Union (previously the Organisation of African Unity). UPF International often holds events in partnership with the African Union in New York to commemorate this day. For example Africa Day 2013 Manhattan with Dr Ban, Ki-moon.

Speakers include:

Pauline Long

Pauline Long is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, fashion designer, motivational speaker, music video director with over 25 awards. Founder of Europe’s biggest award for black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts- BEFFTA. Named African woman of the year in UK and listed in Black Women in Europe Power List. She’s a TV presenter on The Pauline Long Show SKY 182. (More)

Ahmed Shebani (TBC) Founder of The Democratic Party of Libya

He is a civil engineer, politician and human rights activist. He is a respected Libyan dissident from the city of Misurata and a Libyan affairs specialist. He is the founder of the Libyan Freedom & Democracy Campaign. This political campaign has been a catalyst in igniting the 17th of February Libyan revolution on the virtual world. However, the Libyan Freedom & Democracy Campaign as a civil society movement has given birth on the 14Th of July 2011 to the first political party in Libya following the outbreak of the Libyan revolution. It is called the Democratic Party. It is the only secular political party. It is actively calling for the establishment of a secular democracy in Libya with the direct political help of the UN.

 

Charlotte Simon – Bongumba, Founder of Mothers of Congo

Charlotte Simion Bongumba is a Trustee of the Tatiana Giraud Foundation whose aim is to actively contribute to the restoration of women, girls, communities & families that have been victims of sexual violence in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Foundation works closely with grassroots organisations, treating and counselling victims while raising awareness of their plight in local communities. It aims also to financially support hospitals in the more remote or less developed areas of the Kivu region in the DRC to provide various treatments including healthcare, psychological treatment, temporary housing, as well as job training programmes for victims. Charlotte founded Mothers of Congo to promote awareness of the plight of the mothers of DRC and in particular those in eastern DRC who have suffered greatly while trying to raise their families. (www.mothersofcongo.org)

Robin Marsh: International Efforts to Curb Conflict Minerals. (Presentation)

Concluding with a film about Child Soldiers and Conflict Minerals.

RSVP if you would like to attend to pa@uk.upf.org

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Robin Marsh

Secretary General

Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK

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Universal Peace Federation – UK Newsletter May 14

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on April 26, 2014

Living In Service Of Others                              May 2014
International Women’s Day 2014 – Inspiring Change
By Ollie Davis In the House of Lords in London, Rt. Hon. Baroness Verma opened the evening to a room where every possible place to sit or stand was filled. ‘What a tragedy it is that, instead of these conversations, in the UK alone, 1 in 4 women have been or are still the victims of some sort of abuse in the home because of their gender.’ Read more…
The Role of Women At This Time: A Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Perspective
By Margaret Ali At the Universal Peace Federation’s (UPF) International Women’s Day 2014 event in the UK’s House of Lords, Margaret Keverian Ali, a Director of UPF UK, spoke of the role of women from a UPF perspective. Co-founded by Father and Mother Moon in 2005, UPF is currently guided by Mother Moon* after the ascension (passing) of Father Moon almost 2 years ago. Read more…
A YouthUPF Evening With Humphrey Hawksley
By Lauren TurnerHumphrey Hawksley is the author of numerous books, a leading international correspondent for the BBC, and has been in the Royal Navy. As such many were curious to hear what he had to say with regards to his career and the path that he took to get to where he is today at our ‘An Evening With’, a YouthUPF event. Read more…

Holocaust Memorial and Genocide Awareness
By Alan RainerA meeting held at the House of Commons on Tuesday 4th February, 2014 for the Holocaust Commemoration and Genocide Awareness. The meeting was hosted by Mr. Virendra Sharma MP and chaired by Robin Marsh. Speakers included Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, Ruth Barnett, Desmond Fernandes, Paramjit Singh Kohli and Edwin Shuker. UN covenants signed in 1948 between nations obliged all nations to try to prevent genocides such as the Holocaust re-occurring and to bring perpetrators of genocide to justice.  Read more…
Concert for a North Korean Medical Project Held on 12th April
By Robin MarshUPF – UK, YouthUPF and International Relief Friendship Foundation (IRFF) – UK concert to raise money for a North Korean Medical Aid Project was held on April 12th in UPF’s UK HQ. The audience was also able to enjoy spicy Korean food as well as learn about the jointly supported North Korean Medical Project and other IRFF humanitarian efforts. (Photo Link) Read more…
The European Dream
By Walter SchwimmerWalter Schwimmer is the Former Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Chairman of the International Coordinating Committee of the World Public Forum – Dialogue of Civilizations. He gave this speech in Japan during a series of Universal Peace Federation events.  Read more…
AFP Justina Mutale featured in Avant Garde Magazine 
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Forum for Religious Freedom –
Europe names Aaron Rhodes President
Forum for Religious Freedom – Europe names Aaron Rhodes PresidentVienna, 4.Apil, 20014 (FOREF): Dr. Aaron Rhodes will succeed Professor Christian Bruenner as President of the Forum for Religious Freedom Europe (FOREF).  The board of directors will formalize the selection at their General Assembly meeting on 5 April 2014.Read more…
Democratic Republic of Congo – From Genocide to Recovery
Universal Peace Federation – UK’s Headquarters in London, together with Mothers of Congo, hosted an event to update and harness the passion to improve the human rights position of people in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A number of the Congolese diaspora were present to share their experiences and to encourage everyone to work for a better future in DRC Read more… Be Ambassadors of Human Love by Pauline Long (Speaking Above)

Charlotte Simon called for Strong African Women and Justina Mutale spoke on the ‘Genocide in the DRC: Blood Rubber To Blood Metals’.

Conflict Minerals: The International Response by Robin Marsh

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Conflict Minerals: The International Response

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Genocide in Congo – What YOU can do! – Join Us 6-30pm 21st March 2014, 43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on March 6, 2014

Genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Mothers of Congo Newsletter

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Join us 6-30pm 21st March 2014, 43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA –

More details below and here.

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“FROM BLOOD
RUBBER TO BLOOD METALS”

THE SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENT CONGOLESE CIVILIANS DURING THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION & FOR THE TECHNOLOGY IN OUR ELECTRONIC DEVICES TODAY. Read the rest of this entry »

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Holocaust Commemoration and Genocide Awareness 2014

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on February 5, 2014

United Peace Federation – UK
By Alan Rainer
A meeting held at the House of Commons on Tuesday 4th February, 2014 for the Holocaust Commemoration and Genocide Awareness.
The meeting was hosted by Mr. Virendra Sharma MP and chaired by Robin Marsh. Speakers included Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, Ruth Barnett, Desmond Fernandes, Paramjit Singh Kohli and Edwin Shuker.
UN covenants signed in 1948 between nations obliged all nations to try to prevent genocides such as the Holocaust happening again and to bring perpetrators to justice. Read the rest of this entry »

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INVITE to Celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week -Wednesday, 5th of February Youth UPF

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on January 23, 2014

Wednesday Feb. 5th House of parliament, UN World Interfaith Harmony Week 2014, 6pm – 8pm, Comittee room 3A – Kindly hosted by Rt. Hon. Baroness Verma, of Leicester – SAVE THE DATE
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Youth Universal Peace Federation is a group of young people from different faiths and backgrounds, mostly University students age, that aspire to build a World of Peace.

We have carried out many different projects, non-formal education, training days, Interfaith events, some more significant like the Youth Interfaith Council, & of more recent, Visiting Holy Places – The Jerusalem trip, Organising Concerts for Peace…

We invite you to come and join YouthUPF as we commemorate the UN World Harmony Week on:

Wednesday Feb. 5th, 6pm – 8pm
House of Lords Committee Room, 3A
London, SW1A 0PW

This event, was Kindly hosted by Rt. Hon. Baroness Verma, of Leicester.

We make UPF’s global peace network accessible for young people – the leaders of the future.

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Geneva Track II Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria – The Significance of Religion, Faith-Based Organizations and Civil Society

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on January 21, 2014

Geneva: Track II Jan 23-25 in UN Geneva

By UPF-International
Universal Peace Federation (UPF) is convening a special program entitled “Geneva: Track II” in Geneva, Switzerland on Jan. 23-25, 2014, concurrent with the “Geneva II” inter-governmental conference that aims to bring about a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Syria.The theme for the consultation is “Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: The Significance of Religion, Faith-Based Organizations and Civil Society.”The tragic and devastating consequences of the conflict war in Syria, both in terms of the loss of life and the millions of displaced persons, is giving rise to a humanitarian disaster of epic proportion. UPF applauds the efforts of the United Nations, the United States, Russia and the participating nations, and seeks to offer support for the success of Geneva II.

The intention in convening a wide variety of spiritual and religious leaders, as well as academicians, civil society representatives, women and youth, is to supplement the “track one” initiative of Geneva II, with a “track two” program that underscores the need to engage religious and spiritual leaders, faith-based organizations and a variety of civil society organizations in the pursuit of peace.

The primary segments of the program include:

  • A high-level segment of faith leaders, academicians and other stakeholders who will deliberate on the current crisis in Syria, including the wider geopolitical context, and considering the role which religion, civil society, women and faith-based organizations can play in restoring peace and order in Syria
  • An interfaith program that features a variety of spiritual and religious voices, interfaith prayers for peace and artistic performances
  • Presentation of the “Geneva Interfaith Statement on Peace in Syria”
  • High-level meetings with principals of governmental delegations
  • A youth initiative

In addition to the above, participants will be offered a wider range of opportunities to meet and network with high-level officials representing religion, government, academia, the private sector and the media.

This follows the Amman Consultation, entitled ‘Amman Conference on Prospects for Dialogue and Reconciliation in Syria’, that was held in 11th -13th October 2013. The Executive Report on the consultation is available from here.

Dr Thomas Walsh, International President of UPF was asked to speak at a Vatican conference recently “Syria: Can We Remain Indifferent?” http://ow.ly/sN96Z

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Youth UPF Reflection on 2013

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on January 16, 2014

Youth UPF Activities in 2013

First of all thank you for your support this year. We have had a wonderful year at YouthUPF-UK with a lot of great events, our usual projects, The Youth Interfaith Council, an Evening With (Doing Well and Doing Good), the fabulous concert, projects away in Malta and we the last group has just came back last night from Jerusalem. This email will just enclose quick paragraphs from various reflections by the YouthUPF Team, received during the year from the latest projects.

Reflections from – Service Project in Jerusalem

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Genocide Awareness and Holocaust Commemoration – 4th February 6pm to 8pm House of Commons

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on January 5, 2014

‘Holocaust Commemoration and Genocide Awareness’

6 pm to 8 pm, Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

House of Commons, Committee Room 16

Hosted by Mr. Virendra Sharma MP

Speakers include Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, Ruth Barnett, Desmond Fernandes and Edwin Shuker

You are cordially invited to a conference on ‘Genocide Awareness and Holocaust Commemoration’ on Tuesday 4th of February in the House of Commons, Committee Room 16. Read the rest of this entry »

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Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding a Better Standard?

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on December 16, 2013

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Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding a Better Standard?
 
European Leadership Conference 
Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding a Better Standard?
This was the latest European Leadership Conference co-sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and the Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) and held in the UK Parliament. UPF is a partner of Parliament Week and this was one of a series of events during the week. Sessions were kindly hosted by Mr. Virendra Sharma MP (UPF – UK Patron), Rt. Hon. Baroness Sandip Verma, Deputy Parliamentary Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ms. Seema Malhotra MP and Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh.‘Lord Parekh’s Comments on Human Rights in Democratic Nations’ – “Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Westminster, brought a more philosophical perspective on human rights as he delivered a speech that invoked a great deal of contemplation on the topic of human rights and democracy as a whole.” – Read more

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The Human Rights of Immigrants and Refugees by Lauren Turner

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on November 25, 2013

Immigrants and Refugees Panel 450The morning session at the European Leadership Conference 2013 – 22nd of November started with an introduction by Margret, followed by the first speaker, Ahmed Shebani. Ahmed Shebani is the Founder of a Libyan freedom and democracy campaign and spoke about illegal immigration and migration from North Africa. He began by explaining how Libya was the gateway to Africa, and because of this many refugees and economic migrants make their way towards Libya. By revealing that he knows that forces have in the past destroyed ships with immigrants still on them, he revealed the horrible truth of illegal immigration and people’s reaction to it, regardless of the reasons behind their migration. “Migrant’s are a force for good, not a force of negative connotation” he argued as he called for a new approach towards them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Youth Human Rights and Education

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on November 25, 2013

Youth Panel - Human Rights and Education 450The final conference session of the ‘Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding a Better Standard?’ was organised by Youth UPF and entitled ‘Youth Human Rights and Education’. It was held in the House of Lords Committee Room 4A and hosted by Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh on Friday November 22nd. This conference was partner of Parliament Week and was one of many events held during the week. Read the rest of this entry »

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Justina Mutale to Address The European Leadership Conference

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on November 24, 2013

Justina Mutale speaking 700London UK – Justina Mutale, African Woman of the Year and Founder/CEO of POSITIVE RUNWAY: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread is scheduled to address the European Leadership Conference at the Houses of Parliament and the House of Lords in London, on Thursday and Friday 21-22 November 2013.

The Conference is part of the activities of “PARLIAMENT WEEK” and part of a series of major events in National Parliaments including the United Nations in Geneva and Vienna, as well as the European Parliament in Brussels focused on issues of Human Rights, Human Development, the European Relationship with Africa and the Future of Multiculturalism.

– See more at: http://ukzambians.co.uk/home/2013/11/21/justina-mutale-to-address-the-european-leadership-conference/#sthash.d4YiV9rU.dpuf

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Youth Human Rights and Education Conference today

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on November 22, 2013

11:15 5th Session – Youth Human Rights and Education – House of Lords Committee Room 4A

David Hayward: University of Glasgow: Young Persons and the Case Law Compilation of the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Social Charter

Dr Neil Falzon: Director of Human Rights, NGO Aditus Foundation

Ilaria Esposito: Advisory Council for Youth on the Council of Europe, ‘Rights for Youth in the Council of Europe’

Kanchan Jadeja: Chair at National Council for Voluntary Youth Services in UK

13:00 Return to 43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA

14:00 6th Session Over Closing Luncheon (& Ambassador for Peace Awards)

15.30 onwards – Departures

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The Human Rights of Immigrants and Refugees in Europe

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on November 22, 2013

Friday November 22nd – House of Lords Committee Room 4A

9:30 Session 4: The Human Rights of Immigrants and Refugees in Europe

Chair: Margaret Ali: Director Universal Peace Federation – UK

Prof. Lord Bhikhu Parekh: Professor of Political Philosophy, Univ. of Westminster

Mr. Ahmed Shebani: Founder of The Democratic Party in Libya, ‘Illegal Migration from North Africa to Europe’

Dr Neil Falzon: Director of Human Rights, NGO Aditus Foundation

Mr. Camel Bechikh: President and Founder, Fils de France

 

11:00 Break

11:30 5th Session – Youth Human Rights and Education – House of Lords Committee Room 4A

David Hayward: University of Glasgow: Young Persons and the Case Law Compilation of the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Social Charter

Dr Neil Falzon: Director of Human Rights, NGO Aditus Foundation: ‘Will Refugees and Migrants Always Remain Borderliners?’

Ilaria Esposito: Advisory Council for Youth on the Council of Europe, ‘Rights for Youth in the Council of Europe’

Kanchan Jadeja: Chair at National Council for Voluntary Youth Services in UK

 

13:00 Return to 43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA

14:00 6th Session Over Closing Luncheon (& Ambassador for Peace Awards)

15.30 onwards – Departures

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WOMEN’S INCREASED/EQUAL PARTICIPATION IN THE POLITICAL DECISION-MAKING PROCESS ESSENTIAL TO SUSTAINABLE GROWTH : AN AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on November 21, 2013

WOMEN’S INCREASED/EQUAL PARTICIPATION IN THE POLITICAL DECISION-MAKING PROCESS ESSENTIAL TO SUSTAINABLE GROWTH: AN AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE

By Justina Mutale, African Woman of the Year 2012

European Leadership Conference, 21-22 November 2013, London

African women and their potential contributions to economic advances, social progress and environmental protection have over the years been marginalized. In failing to utilise the potential and talents of their female populations, African countries are under investing in the human capital needed to assure sustainable development. Utilising women’s potential could increase economic growth, reduce poverty, enhance societal well being, and help ensure sustainable development in Africa. As stated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki-Moon, “Women represent half of the world’s population … and should have their fair share in making decisions.” This view was reiterated by former U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton who said “…no government can succeed if it excludes half of its people from important decisions.” During the recently held 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, UN Women called for the inclusion of and investment in women’s rights and gender equality in order to bring transformative change to women’s lives and enable real progress in the context of a future global agenda.

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Responsible Sourcing of Conflict Minerals

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on October 29, 2013

The ‘conflict minerals’ issue, one of the factors fueling the violence of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has received attention in the US, the OECD and now the European Union. Robin Marsh commented on the ‘responsible sourcing of conflict minerals’ legislation that will be proposed by the European Union Trade Commission by the end of the year. It is an issue that was highlighted in a European Parliament event organised by UPF on June 26th. UPF will hold another event on November 21st in Parliament to discuss ‘conflict mineral’ developments in the US legislation, proposed legislation in the EU and OECD guidelines for conflict minerals.
Some companies and mineral federations are making efforts to create protected supply lines that improve the income for miners and the level of state governance. Research results reported by several groups have highlighted problems and the scale of the current illicit trade.
These reports include the Enough Project, Striking Gold: How the M23 and its allies are infiltrating the Gold Trade, the Testimony to a U.S. House of Representatives Sub Committee Hearing on ‘The Unintended Consequences of Dodd-Frank’s Conflict Minerals Provision’ of Sophia Pickles of Global Witness, the South Africa Resource Watch’s Conflict Gold to Criminal Gold and the report for German Industry prepared by Oeko-Institute ‘Conflict minerals – An evaluation of the Dodd Frank Act and other resource related measures’ have illustrated many of the issues involved. Whatever proposals Mr Karel De Gucht, the EU Trade Commissioner, announces they will not be made without sufficient study and research of the issue being available. The possibility of a better partnership of the European Union with the people of the DRC that enhances Congolese security and prosperity while Europeans benefit from their resources could be brought much closer through this EU initiative.

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International Peace Day Concert – Music for Peace in the Middle East

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on September 25, 2013

ImageOn UN International Peace Day, Universal Peace Federation – UK helped Tally Koren to organise a wonderful concert of Middle Eastern musicians in support of the Parents Circle Family Forum. ‘Music for Peace in the Middle East’ included Palestinian Oud player and singer, Nizar Al-Issa, guitarist Udi Glazer, Anna Kempton on Chello, violinist Julia Stone and Woody Dean on the piano and was held in the classic church background of St Peter’s in Notting Hill. Photos http://bit.ly/16zleFD

Music for Peace in the Middle East was a celebration of music from different cultures. Each person here tonight is supporting the language of love and on this note the first musician, the Persian Hamid Rasti, started playing with his instrument of 72 strings so beautifully. It was just music, peace, hearts beating and calming down in this church. It was just beautiful and every time we turned our heads back more people where coming in. Music has no barrier, as he diligently played and with what looked like chopsticks we all relaxed and he took us on a journey of hope.

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Music for Peace in the Middle East on International Peace Day

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on September 21, 2013

Music for Peace in the Middle East

Israeli singer songwriter Tally Koren heads a cast of Israeli and Palestinian musicians in a recital, ‘An Evening of Music for Peace in the Middle East’ taking place on the International Day of Peace, Saturday, September 21 at St. Peters Church on Kensington Park Road W11. The event organized by the Universal Peace Federation UK is a fundraising occasion for the Parents Circle Families Forum, which helps bereaved Palestinians and Israelis to reconcile their differences as an alternative to conflict.

http://musicforpeaceinthemiddleeast.eventbrite.co.uk

Fundraising Event for  The Parents Circle Families Forum

Bereaved Palestinians and Israelis who promote reconciliation as an alternative to conflict

Doors open 7.45 pm Show starts 8.15 pm

St Peter’s Church, Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2PN

Tally Koren, is a BBC Radio 2 playlist artist and the Fringe Award Winner For Best Singer-Songwriter. Her music was played by Chris Evans, Graham Norton, Janice Long and Steve Wright ,the Aled Jones’ Good Morning Sunday Show and was featured on the Virgin Media TV playlist and 100 other UK radio stations. She is passionate about this concert saying, “ I believe strongly that through culture we can bridge the gap for a better future “

Nizar Al-Issa is a singer with extraordinary range and control as well as a virtuoso on the oud (a cousin of the lute). He draws on traditional middle eastern music but is not afraid to upset the purists by mixing things up a little – a habit he puts down to his refugee background. Nizar explained, “ I am part of this concert for peace and humanity” His roots are in Ramallah but in his influences and attitudes he crosses borders. “Iraqis ask me if I’m from Iraq, while the Egyptians are convinced I am from Cairo, and in Spain they’re sure that I’ve spent time learning gypsy Flamenco… but the heart and soul of my music is the knowledge that we all share far more in common as human beings than we acknowledge, wherever we come from.”

Udi Glaser is a composer (film composer, composer for theatre, etc.), an accomplished guitarist, educated musician, producer, experienced guitar teacher and music theory tutor. Udi has dedicated his life to music.

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