Some 350 world leaders from 157 countries with diplomatic relations with North or South Korea attended the August 11-15 conference.
International Leaders’ Summit Addresses Korean Reconciliation, Religious Freedom and New Alliances for Peace in Africa and the World
UPF ILC 2022
Washington, DC, Aug. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UPF International Leaders Summit Addresses Korean reconciliation, religious freedom and
New peace alliances in Africa and around the world
Condolences expressed for late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
International leaders at the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) 2022 Summit and Leadership Conference affirmed their support for the consolidation of world peace, especially on the Korean peninsula. The sessions addressed the universal right to religious freedom and called for more education of young people in Africa.
Some 350 world leaders from the 157 countries maintaining diplomatic relations with North or South Korea attended the conference from August 11 to 15, 2022, in person or virtually, at the Jamsil Lotte Hotel in Seoul, to discuss “Towards Peace on the Korean Peninsula: Towards a Global Culture of Peace. In his welcoming address, the President of the FPU Thomas G. Walsh expressed the hope that the focus and vision of peace on the Korean Peninsula could be taken to a broader level, and that “the divided world would be reconciled into one humanity and one global culture of peace.”
Along with calling for peace, leaders expressed deep condolences over the loss of Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe. The UPF offered a video and a floral tribute.
“My grandfather said the one thing people can’t live without is peace,” said Sheikh Mansour Diouf of the Mouride Brotherhood in Senegal. “We are supposed to be brothers…” This sentiment was shared by many religious leaders.
Korean reconciliation was a major theme, due to the passion of UPF co-founders, Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon and dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who were born in what is now North Korea. In 1991, the anti-Communist Reverend Moon traveled to Pyongyang to meet the Communist leader of North Korea. Kim Il-sung. The two embraced like brothers and agreed to start various projects together. This unity underscores the hope of bringing peace to the 80 million people of the Korean peninsula, despite decades of division, said Dr. Michael Jenkins, President, UPF International.
Alongside the conference, UPF organized a Investigation Delegation for Peace on the Korean Peninsula with US officials and South Korean leaders. Amb. Joseph DeTrani, special envoy to the six-party talks with the DPRK (2003-2006); Amb. Harry Harris, a US Navy Admiral who served as US Ambassador to South Korea from 2018 to 2021; (Retired) Gen. Walter Sharp, who led US Forces, United Nations Command and ROK-US Combined Forces Command (2008-2011); and Dr Alexander Mansurov, assistant professor at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Studies at Georgetown University, offered their assessments. (Full details will be available on UPF.org).
“Idealism must be rooted in realism,” said Amb. Harris. He congratulated the South Korean President Suk Yeol Yoon for his intentions to “make the US-ROK alliance the centerpiece of his foreign policy”, as it means raising awareness in Japan as well as military readiness.
Former US President donald trumpformer Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sendr. Sok Siphana, director of the Asian Vision Institute and former vice president of Taiwan Lu Hsiu-link comments on the need to achieve peace.
Protecting religious freedom around the world was another major theme. Religious freedom is ‘the most important topic on the planet,’ says U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (1995-1999). This is because it presupposes the existence of God and that God grants rights to mankind, and this forms the basis of freedom, he explained.
Religious Freedom Key to Security Issues, US Secretary of State Adds Mike Pompeo (2018-2021), recalling that he always left his Bible open on his desk for inspiration. “Nations that threaten others, like China and Iran” also have “death grips” on religious freedoms, he noted.
From Japan, avocado Norishige Kondo of the Federation of Families for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) spoke of a “serious crisis of religious freedom in our country”. He spoke about the surreal situation of the Japanese media shifting responsibility for the brutal assassination of Prime Minister Abe from the shooter to the FFWPU. He discussed human rights abuses against 4,300 FFWPU members, while the FFWPU member Toru Goto spoke about his abduction, his detention for 12 years and the prosecution of the perpetrators.
Hon. John Figel, Special Envoy for the Promotion of Religious Freedom, European Union (2016-2019), noted that while 84% of the world’s population claim religious affiliation, 79% live in countries “with high or very high barriers to freedom of religion. religious freedom”. Religious prejudice generates three evils: “intolerance, discrimination and persecution”, said Dr. Massimo IntrovigneDirector General of the Center for Studies on New Religions in Italy.
A third strong point concerned strengthen peace and prosperity in Africa
The growing power of Africa – where the average age is 20 – offers opportunities for education, employment, encouraging peace and protecting the environment, especially from desertification. “It is an imperative for us: we must train our young people so that they can resolutely take their destiny into their own hands”, said HE Brigi Rafini, Executive Secretary of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) and former Prime Minister of Niger.
At an afternoon International Young Leaders Conference, leaders from Malawi, Nigeria, Eswatini, Cape Verde, Somalia, DR Congo and Niger discussed the importance of vocational training and character education for African youth. This was followed by the signing of an agreement to raise “youth for peace”.
In a separate session, Imboni Dr. Uzwi-Lezwe Radebefounder of the Revelation Spiritual Home in South Africa, joined Mgr. Daniel Okoh, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria; Hon. Issaka Sourwema, Minister of Religious and Customary Affairs of Burkina Faso; SE Rev. Nevers Mombasa, Founder of the National Christian Coalition in Zambia; and dr. Nokuzola Mndende, National Chairman of the Council of African Religions in South Africa, to discuss a resolution to protect religious freedom in Africa. This resolution was then signed.
—The 40th anniversary of The Washington Times. President Thomas P. McDevittpresident and editor-in-chief Christopher Dolanand opinion editor Charles Wounded Talk about The temperature’ impact and dedication to accurate news and to the ideals of freedom, faith and family.
—The 60th anniversary of the Little Angels. The world famous children’s folk ballet company founded by the Reverend and Mrs. Moon gave a beautiful special performance to the delight of the conference attendees.
—Visionary sessions on peace, family, science, media, higher education, youth and religion. The HJ Academic Foundation hosted more than 50 scholars for thought-provoking discussions on topics including the Unity of Science Movement, Character Education and the University in the Next 100 Years, God’s Conference and the holy community of heavenly parents, the women’s movement and the family and the CEN. -SAD Conference on Youth Education.
—Resolutions: Summit leaders signed the Resolution for a Universal Charter of Peace; a Declaration on the Universal Value of Religious Freedom; a resolution to promote interreligious cooperation in Africa; and an agreement between CEN-SAD, UPF, International Association of Youth and Students for Peace (IAYSP) and Sunhak Educational Foundation to develop vocational training and character education for youth African.
—A special program to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon. North Korean Prime Minister Kim Jong Un sent flowers and a personal message to Ms Moon, said UPF International Director General Dr. Yun Young-ho.
– The 5th REFLECTION 2022 Forum. Experts gathered to discuss concrete ideas on how to achieve reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula. The forum will be broadcast at a later date.
Among the more than 100 distinguished speakers were: the President of Senegal Macky Hall; HE Muhammadu Buhari, President, Nigeria; Hon. Mike Pence, US Vice President (2017-2021); Hon. Dan Burton, US Congressman (1983-2013); Chairman of Beeland Interests jim rogers; Pastor Paula White-Cain, Church of the City of Destiny; Bishop Don MearesEvangel Cathedral; Hee Taek Chungpresident of the Segye Ilbo newspaper; HE Boris Tadic, President (2004-2012), Serbia; HE Yves Leterme, Prime Minister (2008, 2009-2011), Belgium; HE Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister (2006-2009), Israel; Hon. Neziha Labidi, Minister of Women, Family and Children (2016-2020), Tunisia; Hon. German Blanco Alvarez, Senator, Colombia; Hon. Grigore Novac, Member of Parliament, Moldova; Hon. Teacher. Sunaina Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Nalanda University, India; Mrs. Adi Koila Nailatikau, First Lady (2009-2015), Fiji; HE Johnson Toribiong, President (2009-2013), Palau; Hon. Patricia Terrazas Baca, Deputy, Mexico; dr. Anne Higgins, President, World Dance Congress, Bahamas; Hon. Dave Laksono, Member of Parliament, Indonesia; Hon. Ross Robertson, Member of Parliament (1987-2014), New Zealand; and he Jose Manuel BarrosoPresident, European Commission, (2004-2014).
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