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World Interfaith Harmony Week - Faith Based Organizations and the UN SDGs
UPF Austria, Vienna International Centre (United Nations), January 31st 2020 - Following up on conferences of the Coalition of Faith-Based Organizations in Vienna, New York and San Francisco and supported by UNODC, UPF, Growth4Peace, the Women's Federation for World Peace, UNCAV and Youth&Students for Peace organized a conference in commemoration of the World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Summit Explores Peace and Development in Southeast Europe
Tirana, AlbaniaParticipants from over 50 nations attended the Southeast Europe Peace Summit organized by UPF. The summit, held from October 25 to 27, 2019, featured a wide range of activities. Three main events were held at the large, 3,000-seat Tirana Congress Hall.


Spirituality and Justice Initiative
The UN Office of Drugs and Crime on October 7th 2019 hosted a day long event on "Spirituality and Justice" about collaboration with Faith based Organizations (FBOs) at the Vienna International Centre (United Nations) and elswhere. It was opened by the UNODC Director of Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, Dr. Jean Luc LeMahieu and the Permanent Representative of Spain Ambassador Senen Floresa.


Young Achievers Honored in Houses of Parliament
London, United Kingdom - Imagine Committee Room 10 at the Houses of Parliament, full to capacity with 100 people! Standing room only! A group of 20 bright, selfless young achievers from various backgrounds (nominated by UPF Ambassadors for Peace) had come to receive the UPF Youth Achievement Award for their outstanding efforts at service and volunteering.



Good Governance and Sustainable Peace in the Balkans: The Necessity of Cooperation
Tirana, Albania - The conference, held on March 30, 2019, at the Tirana International Hotel, brought together 120 participants, including former heads of state and government from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo, and more than 30 members of parliament from Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia.

30 Years of German Re-Unification and the Vision of a New United Korea
Berlin, Germany - An international symposium discussed how lessons of German reunification can be applied in the Korean Peninsula. The symposium, held at the Grand Hyatt hotel on June 21, 2019 and titled “30 Years of German Re-Unification and the Vision of a New United Korea,” brought together political leaders and scholars from Germany, Korea, Europe, Japan and the United States.


International Day of Families Observed in Geneva - World Council of Churches
Switzerland, Geneve - To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the International Day of Families on May 14, 2019 UPF in joint sponsorship with the World Council of Churches (WCC) convened a debate and discussion on the topicInterreligious Cooperation for Peace and Human Development - Creating an Environment for Thriving Families“ in the Geneva Ecumenical Center of the WCC.


Perspectives for Sustainable Peace and Development in the Horn of Africa
On March 20th 2019, at the Vienna International Center (UN) in Vienna, UPF co-sponsored a conference on Peace and Development in the Horn of Africa, which was organized by the permanent mission of Eritrea to the UN in Vienna. 200 guests attended the event. The conference was organized on the foundation of the dramatic change that took place in the Horn of Africa.


World Interfaith Harmony Week: Migration and Interreligious Understanding in the Age of Globalization
Vienna International Centre (UN Building), Austria - 200 guests attendend on February 1st 2019 a conference on the theme "Migration and Interreligious Understanding in the Age of Globalization" commemorating the The World Interfaith Harmony Week, which was first proposed at the UN General Assembly in 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. One Book For Peace



Peace Day Launch for IAPD Geneva/Swiss Chapter
Geneva, Switzerland - The Geneva/Swiss chapter of the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development was inaugurated in the Ecumenical Center of Geneva. The launch took place during a conference held on September 21, 2018, by UPF in partnership with WFWP, as well as the Geneva Interfaith Intercultural Alliance and the Fribourg Peace Forum.


Toward Interdependence and Mutual Prosperity: The Role of Religious Leaders and Parliamentarians
UPF-Europe, Vienna - UPF organized from April 28-29, 2018 in Parkhotel Schönbrunn an International Leadership Conference. Over 200 religious leaders, parliamentarians and NGO representatives from Europe including Russia, Middle East, Africa, United States, Japan, Korea and other Asian countries participated.  Inauguration of the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development for Europe and the Middle East


Parliamentarians for Peace launched in Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal - On April 13, 2018 the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) was inaugurated in Portugal at a conference held in the national parliament. Approximately 100 parliamentarians and other dignitaries attended the conference, "Perspectives for Sustainable Peace in Europe and the World: The Responsibility of Parliamentarians."


EU-Parliament: "Radicalization and Violent Extremism: Focus on Prevention"
Concluding a series of inaugural meetings of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace in Europe in 2017, a conference was organized by the Universal Peace Federation at the European Parliament in Brussels on December 5th 2017. With the perspective that the sustainable prevention of radicalization requires joint efforts from both parliamentarians and religious leaders.   


IAPP Inaugural conference in Prague, Czech Republic

IAPP Inaugural conference in Prague, Czech Republic
On October 9th 2017, at the Czech Parliament in Prague, a conference was held under the auspices of Czech Parliamentarian Nina Nováková. Two projects were being launched: the new association “Central European Inspiration”, initiated by Mrs. Nina Nováková, and IAPP, a project of the Universal Peace Federation.

Culture and Peace in the Balkans: The Role of Parliamentarians
On September 23-24, 2017 the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace was launched in the Balkans in Pristina, Kosovo. The main event was held in a hall at the Kosovo Parliament Building. The conference was attended by highly respected leaders in the Balkans among them the former President Mesic of Croatia.

Perspectives for Sustainable Peace in Europe: The UN Vision, the Role of Parliamentarians and Civil Society
Vienna International Centre (United Nations), September 15th 2017 - UPF and partnering organizations convened a conference commemorating the United Nations International Day of Peace with a special focus on researching the role, which parliamentarians are able to play in securing peace for Europe and its wider neighborhood.



Preventing Radicalization was discussed in House of Lords
London, United Kingdom - The House of Lords was the setting for an timely discussion, organized by UPF-UK, on preventing radicalization. The event, held on June 28, 2017, was kindly hosted by the Rt. Hon. Baroness Sandip Verma. Emmanuel Dupuy, a journalist, teacher in geopolitics and researcher in geopolitical issues, offered a French perspective.


Day of Families conference of UPF-Italy in Palazzo San Macuto of the Italian Parliament
Rome, Italy - The conference, titled "Family: Education and Well-being," was held on May 17, 2017, together with the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace, the Women’s Federation and the Family Federation for World Peace.


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Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Conflict Zones - The role of Religions
Vienna International Centre (United Nations), January 27th 2017 - Commemorating the World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017, the Universal Peace Federation organized a conference addressing the role of religions in conflict situations, which was attended by 200 guests. It was the 5th annual celebration of this special week since 2013. 


Parliament Week

London - Parliament Week Certificate
Universal Peace Federation-UK received a certificate for its Partnership with Parliament Week over the last three years from the Speakers of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. This is an appreciation for UPF's support of their aims of political engagement and empowerment.

Peace and Sustainable Development: Intergenerational Challenges
In honor of the UN's International Day of Peace, an innovative event  was held in the Vienna International Centre - United Nations on September 16, 2016: a look at the intergenerational challenges of peace through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  
Hip Hop for Peace and SDGs



Italy Sets the Stage for Parliamentarians Association
Rome, Italy - A major conference connected with the launch of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace was held in the Italian Parliament. The conference was held on September 13, 2016 under the theme "Multiculturalism, Politics and Civil Society: Synergies, Training and Projectuality".


Parliamentarians for Peace Launched in London
London, United Kingdom - The third of a series of regional conferences launching the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) was held from September 7-9, 2016. With the theme "Interregional Dialogue Addressing Critical Challenges: Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa" the International Leadership Conference organized by UPF represented the official launch of IAPP in these three regions.

Czech Parliamentarians probe Paths to Peace
Prague, Czech Republic—UPF held a roundtable in the Czech Parliament to discuss the roles of religious and secular leaders in bringing peace. More than 30 participants attended the discussion on April 11, 2016, titled “The Role of Politicians and Religious Leaders in Providing a Constructive and Wise Response to Critical Contemporary Challenges.”

Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria and the Middle East - The Role of Religions    Video 1. Session    Video 2. Session
Vienna, February 5th 2016 - In the Vienna International Center (United Nations), 250 guests attended the World Interfaith Harmony Week conference on the theme "Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria and the Middle East - The Role of Religions".

Europe-Eurasia Dialogue: Building Trust and Securing Cooperation for Sustainable Development
Vienna - Austria, October 30th/31st 2015 at the Diplomatic Academy. The event was the fifth in a series of Europe-Eurasia leadership conferences aiming at developing partnership and cooperation between the two regions..

The UN at 70: Toward a Resolution of Tensions on the Korean Peninsula
Vienna International Center (UN Building), Monday, May 11th 2015, 13:00-17:00. Alongside this year's celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2, two other significant milestones are the 70 years that have elapsed both since the founding of the United Nations and since Korean independence.

The Importance of Interfaith Cooperation for Securing Peace in the 21st Century
(February 6th 2015, 13:00-18:00, Vienna International Center, C-Building Room C1) The UN designated the first week of February every year as World Interfaith Harmony Week. UPF celebrates this week each year, in a way that encourages understanding, respect, and cooperation among people of all faiths.  


Moldova: Eurasia-Europe Dialogue for Peace
Chisinau, Moldova - The conference "Eurasia-Europe Dialogue for Peace" took place Dec. 5-7, 2014 in the capital city of Moldova. Before an audience of 120 participants, the conference was opened by the First Lady of Moldova Mrs. Margareta Timofti, she was followed by distinguished guest speakers from Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, Moldova, Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine.

Afghanistan in Transformation: Promoting Peace and Development through Art
The Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna, ACUNS Vienna Liaison Office and UNODC organized a colloquium: “Afghanistan – a Country in Transformation: Promoting Peace and Development through Art” on 2 December 2014 in the VIC. There the UPF Ambassador for Peace Award was granted to the UN Goodwill Ambassador Farhad Darya.

Forum in Geneva on De-escalation in the Korean Peninsula and East Asia
Geneva, Switzerland - UPF organized this forum at the Palais des Nations (UN headquarters) in Geneva on Oct. 31, 2014. Among the topics discussed was a proposal by South Korea to build a large regional UN complex inside the demilitarized zone that divides North and South Korea.


(August 8th 2014, UN Vienna International Centre) Mrs. Yuko Gulda in cooperation with UPF, ACUNS and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs Vienna organized the 2014 GENBAKU-NO-HI celebration.


Geneva Conference Links Family to Economic and Social Well-being
Geneva, Switzerland - A conference on "Family Values and Their Link to Economic Well-being and Social Outcomes" took place at the UN headquarters in Geneva June 30-July 1, 2014.


Jermain Jackman UPF Youth Achievement Award

Annual Youth Achievement Awards Presented in London
London, UK - The annual Youth Achievement Awards were presented on July 1, 2014, in the House of Commons. These awards honored young adults from various backgrounds who have in some way impacted the lives of people around them and beyond, and the recipients explained their activities.

Geneva Conference Links Family to Economic and Social Well-being


Geneva, Switzerland - A conference on "Family Values and Their Link to Economic Well-being and Social Outcomes" took place at the UN headquarters in Geneva June 30-July 1, 2014.


Youth UPF UN Refugee Week Event

Forum in London on Forced Displacement and Migration


London, UK - In commemoration of World Refugee Day 2014, Youth UPF UK held a forum in London on “Forced Displacement and Migration: Time to Rethink Human Dignity” on June 16, 2014.

The Role of Religions in promoting a Culture of Peace
UPF organized a conference celebrating the World Interfaith Harmony Week in Vienna on Friday, February 7th 2014 in the Vienna International Center (UN).                                           
World Interfaith Harmony Week

Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: Religion and Civil Society
Geneva, Switzerland - UPF convened 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.

Conference in Paris promotes Europe-Eurasia Cooperation
Paris, France - In partnership with the Permanent Mission of Tajikistan to the European Union and several NGOs, a conference on the theme of “Eurasia and Europe: Cooperating for a Culture of Peace and Human Development” took place in Paris December 3-4, 2013.



Conference in London Addresses Human Rights
"Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding a Better Standard?" was the theme of a European Leadership Conference Nov. 21-22, 2013 in the Houses of Parliament in London. Muslim, Jewish and Christian speakers addressed issues of religious inclusion in Europe.



Peace Day: Nobel Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchú in Vienna
(September 20th 2013, Vienna International Centre) Conference in UNIS Cinema room, Cultural program and Ringing of the Peace Bell.
Organized by Universal Peace Federation (UPF), Academic Council of the United Nations System (ACUNS), Art of Reconciliation with the support of UNIS Vienna and the Embassy of Guatemala.





Culture and Creative Economy as basic elements for Sustainability

(July 5th 2013, Vienna International Center) UPF Austria in cooperation with ACUNS Vienna and the Best of the World Network organized a conference as part of the cultural event "CarnaVienna 2013" by ABRASA, an Afro-Brazilian Cultural Point in Vienna.


Interfaith Harmony Week 2013: Vienna Conference in the UN
150 people gathererd on February 8th 2013 at the Vienna International Center (UN Headquarters in Vienna) to commemorate the World Interfaith Harmony week 2013. The half-day conference entitled “Cooperation among Religions for a Culture of Peace” was hosted by the Austrian Chapter of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and other organizations. UN Secretary-General's message


How can Europe do more to advance Human Rights
December 4th-5th 2012, Commemorating Human Rights Day 2012, Brussels - European Parliament & European Economic and Social Committee.


What kind of Europe do we envision for the future?
Berlin, 16-17 November 2012 - European Leadership Conference with 3
central themes: The economic and financial crisis – causes and solutions? The political crisis – More Europe! But how? The crisis of values – what values for the new Europe?


Europe and Russia – Partners in a Globalized World
250 participants gathered on October 12th in the Vienna Int. Centre, the UN building, for a conference which is part of a series of events held at the UN in Geneva, UNESCO in Paris, National Parliaments in the UK and Norway and in the Presidential Palace in Malta. 

UPF Eurasia report

Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future
(Stortinget, Oslo, Norway 20th-22nd September) European Leadership Conference - United Nations International Day of Peace 2012.


Austria-Brazil: Culture as basic element for sustainability and human rights
(Vienna International Center - UN building, July 6 2012) Conference of the Universal Peace Federation in cooperation with ACUNS Vienna and IDEA Society initiated by ABRASA, an Austro-Brazilian NGO.
Photos of the Conference in the UN and CarnaViena


Geneva hosted Conference on the Family
(July 5-6 2012) Geneva, Switzerland - UPF-Europe, the Women’s Federation for World Peace, the Fribourg Peace Forum and the GIIA organized a conference on the stimulating theme “The Contribution of Families to Peace, Human Development and Prosperity.”  


womens empowerment session 4 committee room 14


London Conference Addresses Human Rights and the Protection of the Unempowered and Dispossessed
(London, June 15-16, Houses of Parliament and Royal National Hotel) Human rights concerns are a major driving force behind current events.
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Conference Explores Principles for Peace and Security in Kosovo
Pristina, Kosovo - As security and peace in the Republic of Kosovo is fragile and threatened, international experts, government officials, members of the Kosovo parliament, and representatives from civil society met May 28-29 in the capital, Pristina.


A New Vision for Peace and Human Development
Paris, France - UPF's first European Leadership Conference of 2012 took place at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris April 12-13 under the patronage of the Permanent Delegations of the Sultanate of Oman and the Republic of Kenya to UNESCO.       
"Capacity for Otherness in Pluri-Identity Societies," by Dr. Walther Lichem.


Диалог Россия-Европа 6-7 апреля 2012 г. в Москве состоялась ежегодная конференция Евразийского отделений Федерации за всеобщий мир по теме «Мир и безопасность в многонациональном обществе в эпоху глобального кризиса».

Moskau: Conference on Peace and Security in Multicultural Societies

London: Commemorating Human Rights Day 2011
December 8th - 10th 2011, London, Houses of Parliament.  

Why Do We Still Tolerate Torture?   Religious Freedom - Global Issues

Malta Conference: Europe, Africa and the Culture of Peace
(Malta, November 7th 2011 - Conference Report) Over the decades since the end of European colonisation, the relationship between Europe and Africa has inevitably undergone many changes. A new drive for self reliance has shown a desire to resolve the unfortunate aspects of their colonial legacy.    
Europe, Africa and the Culture of Peace (pdf)

Geneva Conference on Multiculturalism and Peace
In recent months Angela Merkel, David Cameron and Nicolas Sarcoczy all referred to multiculturalism’s failure to deliver cohesive communities with a core of shared values. Cameron stated: “We have failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong.”

Communicating Change: Youth Perspectives on Peace
Intergenerational Cooperation brings inspiration to the UN in Vienna: Pictures and reports on the ELC (July 1st-3rd 2011).

Day of Families Observed in Geneva
Geneva, Switzerland - The Chapel of the World Council of Churches in Geneva was filled to overflowing with an exciting intergenerational, international and interreligious mix to explore the theme "A New Paradigm for Global Family in a Culture of Peace" on May 13.

Oslo: Towards Lasting Peace in a World of Rapid Change
An European Leadership Conference sponsored by UPF and Women’s Federation for World Peace, was held in on April 30 and May 1st in Norway. That the UPF Founders Dr. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon should set their eyes on Oslo, was an awesome surprise and blessing for Scandinavian Ambassadors for Peace.

Human Rights and Dignity & Interreligious Cooperation
(Geneva: March 25 - 26, 2011) During sessions held at the World Council of Churches and at the United Nations Office, nearly 200 participants were welcomed.

Interfaith, the United Nations and Peace in the 21st Century
(Vienna, Dec. 8th 2010) Consultation on an “Interreligious Council” as an organ of the United Nations, introduced by Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon in a speech delivered in New York in August 2000, when its establishment at the UN was proposed for the first time.

UPF Chairman visits Europe
The importance of better harmony and cooperation among believers of all faiths is a central thrust of UPF’s work around the world. During the tour UPF Chairman Dr. Hyung Jin Moon and his delegation made a special point of visiting locations with a strong ties to Europe’s religious heritage.

Reconciliation: NGO conference at the UN in Vienna
Three hundred participants representing more than 40 NGOs and leaders from civil society gathered in one of the biggest NGO meetings ever held in the United Nations building in Vienna in the UNIDO board room to attend the Austrian event of the Global Peace Tour 2009.

London Peace Festival opens in the House of Commons
The London Global Peace Festival began with a plenary discussion on the topic “New Paradigm in a Time of Global Crisis.” Rev. Marcus Braybooke, President of the World Congress of Faiths: “We must address the moral vacuum at the center of our society, and we need leaders whose humility is reflected in their public and private life.”