In this seminal speech given on August 18, 2000, at the UN Headquarters, New York, Dr Sun Myung Moon makes the case for restructuring the United Nations into a bicameral institution, with the creation of a council of religious representatives, whose wisdom and vision would substantially supplement the political insight, experience and skill of the world’s political leaders. He also calls for the creation of peace zones in areas of conflict governed directly by the United Nations.

 

In this light, it is time for us to give serious consideration even to the prospect of restructuring the United Nations. For example, perhaps it is possible to envision the United Nations as a bicameral institution.

The existing United Nations structure, composed of national representatives, may be regarded as a congress where the interests of each member nation are represented. However, I submit that serious consideration should be given to forming a religious assembly, or council of religious representatives within the structure of the United Nations. This assembly or council would consist of respected spiritual leaders in fields such as religion, culture and education. Of course, the members of this interreligious assembly will need to have demonstrated an ability to transcend the limited interests of individual nations and to speak for the concerns of the entire world and humanity at large.

The two chambers, working together in mutual respect and cooperation, will be able to make great advances in ushering in a world of peace. The wisdom and vision of great religious leaders will substantially supplement the political insight, experience and skill of the world’s political leaders.

 

I propose today that the United Nations and religious leaders join their hearts and work to create peace zones in areas of conflict. Whether the disputed borders pass through rivers, mountains, fields, or the sea, we can create buffer zones or peace zones along these borders.

These zones would be governed directly by the United Nations. People from around the world dedicated to the establishment of peace would be allowed to settle in these zones. The United Nations would be responsible to provide guidance to those living in these areas so that they come to embody the founding ideals of the United Nations and comply with its declarations for peace.

These peace zones would be havens that exist for the sake of peace, prosperity and reconciliation. They would be free of racial and sexual discrimination, human rights violations and war. These areas would also be ecological and environmental havens for the entire natural world.

 

Extract from the speech The Direction for the World and the United Nations given by Dr Sun Myung Moon on August 18, 2000, at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA, on the occasion of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace, Assembly 2000 

 

 

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