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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

Office: 02072620985

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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

Office: 02072620985

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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

Email: pa Twitter: @ukUPF

UPF is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

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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

Office: 02072620985 Email: pa

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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

Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK

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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 war crimes 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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Conflict Minerals: The International Response

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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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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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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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North – South Korea Unification Peace Rally Imjingak

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on August 24, 2013

Image Unification Movement - North South Unification Rally UPF FFWPUUnification Peace Rally of 70 nations of the World for the realization of Unification of the Korean Peninsula and the DMZ World Peace Park. The event was held at 11:00 a.m. on August 24th, the day after the commemoration ceremony for the anniversary of Father Moon’s ascension.

About 1600 people, including 300 Korean residents in Japan, gathered at the Imjingak to pray for the peaceful reunification of South and North Korea. Doves were released expressing hope for the reunification of Korea and the establishment of the DMZ World Peace Park.

This followed a condolence message sent from Kim Jong-un, the Supreme leader of North Korea, to Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, co-founder of the Universal Peace Federation and Family Federation for World Peace and Unification to mark the one-year anniversary of the passing of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, according to North Korea’s chief news agency.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea’s official wire service, quoted Kim Jong-un, “I pray for the repose of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who worked for harmony and prosperity of the Korean people, the unification of Korea and world peace.” He added that he wishes that Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon and her family would inherit and carry forward Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s will and also sends his best wishes to their work.

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Former Philippine Speaker Jose de Venecia speaks at Father Moon’s Ascension Anniversary

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on August 23, 2013

Former Senator Jose de Venecia who addressed the Commemoration Ceremony of Father Moon's First Ascension Anniversary

Former Senator Jose de Venecia who addressed the Commemoration Ceremony of Father Moon’s First Ascension Anniversary in South Korea

FIRST ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL PROGRAMME FOR THE REVEREND DR. SUN MYUNG MOON,

FOUNDER OF THE UNIVERSAL PEACE FEDERATION (UPF)

AUGUST 23, 2013, CHEONG PYEONG PEACE CENTER, REPUBLIC OF KOREA

Dear Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon and members of the Moon Family.

Excellencies. Ambassadors for Peace. Ladies and Gentlemen.

It is my distinct honor and privilege to have the opportunity to share with you a few words this morning in honor of the life, the teachings and the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon who passed away to the spiritual world one year ago today.

I am always moved and uplifted when I come to Cheong Pyeong. My wife, Congresswoman Gina de Venecia, and I have had the very good fortune to have visited Father and Mother Moon on many occasions in this holy place, this holy land.

In particular, Gina and I will never forget the kindness and compassion shown to us by Father and Mother Moon following the tragic accident that led to the untimely passing of our beloved daughter, KC (Kristina Casimira). Both of us were deeply moved by the love and care which both Father and Mother Moon provided at that difficult time. Indeed it was one of the most difficult times in our life, and we will never forget their generosity and loving kindness. (Report on Conference http://bit.ly/134D7ho)

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Universal Peace Federation – UK News August 2013 – 3

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on August 16, 2013

Universal Peace Federation – UK Newsletter August 2013

Universal Peace Federation – UK Newsletter August 2013 Page 3

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Universal Peace Federation – UK News August 2013 – 2

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on August 16, 2013

Universal Peace Federation – UK Newsletter August 2013

Universal Peace Federation – UK Newsletter August 2013 Page 2

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Universal Peace Federation – UK News August 2013 – 1

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on August 16, 2013

Universal Peace Federation - UK Newsletter August 2013

Universal Peace Federation – UK Newsletter August 2013 Page 1

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Muslim Aid Launch Ramadan 2013 Campaign, ‘Be the Change’

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on July 12, 2013

Muslim Aid make Ramadan 2013 Campaign Launch, 'Be the Change'Last year, bucking the trend of the economic downturn, Muslim Aid were able to support 250,000 people in total from 40 different nations through their Ramadan campaign. I was invited to attend the 2013 campaign launch and to say a few words. It is significant that Muslim Aid is able to reach areas that are difficult for other NGO’s. It is also to their credit that they included assisting the homeless in the UK. For more: https://ramadan.muslimaid.org/

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Youth Universal Peace Federation-UK Solidarity Visit to Regents Park Mosque

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on June 17, 2013

Visit to Regents Park Central Mosque by Youth UPF‘Walk Hand in Hand and Shoulder to Shoulder to Heal our Communities’

Youth Universal Peace Federation (UPF) members visited Regents Park Mosque yesterday to ‘Walk Hand in Hand and Shoulder to Shoulder to Heal our Communities’. Supported by Sheikh Dr Hojjat Ramzy, the Muslim Council of Britain Education Committee Chairman, the group of young and old UPF activists from several different faiths, were introduced to Sheikh Imam Khalifa, the Imam of the Regents Park Mosque. He reflected on the current situation of the Muslim community. He shared that humanity all have the same heart and spirit given to them by the creator but we developed differently due to Allah’s wisdom. We should not harm another community because of those differences. (Photo Link)

Sheikh Imam Khalifa was grateful for the visit saying that this time of challenges will soon pass. He added that the Muslim community has a good situation generally in UK. Another worshipper after reading the banner and understanding the nature of the UPF visit, extended his blessing to all who had come to visit at this testing time. Robin Marsh expressed that UPF believes ‘humanity is one family under a loving God’ and that is why we had visited today. Sheikh Ramzy shared that the Mosque was a place that was open to all who wanted to pray to God. He added that he was proud to be an Ambassador for Peace of the Universal Peace Federation which is a great organisation working for peace in the world.

Attending the late afternoon prayers and meeting some of the worshippers, the group was later given a tour of the Mosque which, being built in 1974, is the third oldest in the UK.

The UPF -UK, with support from its leading Ambassadors for Peace, released a statement from the day after the murder in Woolwich.

‘The murder of a soldier in Woolwich was a tragic event. Our prayers are with his family who must be really suffering. It is also sad to see a backlash from small extremist groups against the Muslim Community. Now is the time for all communities in UK to appreciate the genuine Islamic contribution to UK. The Muslim community should be supported and valued as a vital part of the UK. It is through the democratic process, that the role of the UK soldiers who represent us all, is decided. Our strength and harmony is through the inclusion of all communities in the social and political fabric of the nation. That is a daily responsibility for all of us that now has added importance. The Universal Peace Federation, along with many other groups, promotes interfaith activity to facilitate mutual understanding and enhance this fabric.’

Robin Marsh

Secretary General

Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK

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Universal Peace Federation – UK Newsletter June 2013

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on June 15, 2013

To view or download the newsletter please see:  Universal Peace Federation – UK June, 2013 Newsletter

UPF – UK Website:  http://www.uk.upf.org

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