Peace and security

UPF acknowledges the need for careful and proportionate use of power, including political, economic, military and civil society power to sustain lasting peace. However, we strongly emphasize "soft power" solutions as essential to peacebuilding. A leading exponent of “track two” diplomacy, UPF emphasizes the role and responsibility of religious and spiritual leaders to transcend historical self-interest and pursue the ideal of “One family under God.”
  • Day Two of World Summit 2017 Honors UPF Founders

    TP's Birthday Celebration

    Seoul, KoreaThe second day of World Summit 2017 began with a celebration of the UPF founders’ birthdays.

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  • Parallel Sessions on Peacebuilding

    Parallel Sessions on Peacebuilding

    Concurrent with the program at the National Assembly, there were two other sessions on the conference theme “Addressing the Critical Challenges of Our Time: Principles and Practices for Peace and Human Development.”

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  • Special Session of IAPP at the Korean National Assembly

    Special Session of IAPP at the Korean National Assembly

    The UPF World Summit 2017 brought more than 400 parliamentarians representing 120 nations to the National Assembly, the national legislature of South Korea, for a special session of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace.

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  • World Summit 2017 Opening Banquet

    The receiving line at the Opening Banquet (left to right): Hon. Georgina de Venecia, Hon. Jose de Venecia Jr., Professor Yeon Ah Moon, Dr. Thomas Walsh, Hon. Jeong Seong Lim, Dr. Charles S. Yang and Dr. Gwang Suk Song

    Seoul, Korea—The fourth World Summit on “Peace, Security and Human Development” opened with a banquet attended by more than dignitaries from 120 nations.

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  • Welcome greetings by and interview with Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham

    Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham, House of Lords, United Kingdom

    Tom [Brake], Dr Walsh, very distinguished ladies and gentlemen and friends, I am very sorry that I have to leave soon after my speech or just a few words, but I want to say thank you to the UPF, because for many, many years we have been working for peace, not only in the middle east, and I have had the pleasure of working with some of the friends here in Jerusalem, as well as on the Korean peninsula.

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  • Intervention of Mr Keith Bennett

    Mr Keith Bennett

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I am very pleased to be invited to participate in this International Leadership Conferences sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation and to speak on China’s concept of the Belt and Road Initiative advanced by President Xi Jinping.

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  • Intervention of Ms. Madi Sharma

    Ms. Madi Sharma, United Kingdom Representative, European Economic and Social Committee

    I want to take it from the macro to the micro and remind you that there is no “they” there, no trade please, for trade’s sake, whatever the route.

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  • Intervention of Dr. Victor Razbegin

    Dr. Victor Razbegin, Director, Interdepartmental Centre for Integrated Regional Transport Projects, Russia

    Video of the intervention of Dr. Victor Razbegin, Director, Interdepartmental Centre for Integrated Regional Transport Projects, Russia.

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  • Welcome greetings by Mr Keith Best

    Video of the intervention of Keith Best, Chief Executive, Freedom from Torture.

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  • Intervention of Mr. Jacques Marion

    Mr. Jacques Marion, Secretary General, UPF Europe

    Video of the intervention of Mr. Jacques Marion, Secretary General, UPF Europe.

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  • Intervention of Mr. Jack Corley

    Mr. Jack Corley, Chair, UPF Europe

    Videos of the intervention of and interview with Mr Jack Corley, Chair, UPF Europe.

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  • Intervention of Mr. Maxim Misco

    Mr. Maxim Misco

    Dear Ladies and Gentlemen! Participants of this conference! I heartily greet you on behalf of the national peacemaking organization of the Republic of Belarus, Belarusian Fund of Peace and the citizens of our country.

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  • Intervention of Prof. Simon Holberton

    Prof. Simon Holberton

    Thank you very much. I’m delighted to be here day to participate in this discussion. I’d like to start by saying a few words about the state of social media today. Then, I want to move to consider (briefly) some of threats to communication across social networks. And then I want to conclude by looking at a positive development of promoting peace through social media.

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  • Intervention of Hon. Zuheir Bahloul

    Hon. Zuheir Bahloul

    Distinguished world leaders, parliamentarians, Ladies and Gentlemen, it's a great honor and privilege for me to share with you a few thoughts about the topic our chairman has articulated.

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  • Intervention of Dr. Vladimir Petrovskiy

    Dr. Vladimir Petrovskiy

    At present the complex relationships established in the western part of the former Soviet Union is a complicating factor in the relations between Russia and the European Union.

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  • Intervention of Amb. Robert Vandemeulebroucke

    Amb. Robert Vandemeulebroucke

    A good starting point are the building blocks of a well-functioning modern society: the implementation of the rule of law, free and fair elections, a multi-party system, a free press, an independent justice, religious freedom, respect of minorities, sustainable economic policies to the benefit of all, good education opportunities, etc.

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  • Intervention of Prof. J. Martin Ramirez

    Prof. J. Martin Ramirez

    I have been in contact with this Foundation for a long time. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet old friends.

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  • Intervention of Hon. Erna Hennicot Schoepges

    Hon. Erna Hennicot Schoepges

    Politicians with visions should see their medical doctors, I was told. Politicians without visions have the only target to get re-elected and to stay on top of the polls. Predicting what will be the world in which our children will grow up is impossible. Technology is changing so fast, that today we cannot even tell young people what will be theirs jobs in the next decade.

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  • Two German Views of Life in Lebanon

    Two German Views of Life in Lebanon

    Bonn, Germany—A German husband and wife who have made their home in Lebanon shared their insights on that country with a Bonn audience.

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  • How Is Europe to Deal With Violent Religious Extremism?

    Robin Marsh, secretary general, UPF-United Kingdom Chapter: United Kingdom

    To launch their Parliamentarians for Peace Initiative, Universal Peace Federation (UK) held a conference on the topic "How Is Europe to Deal With Violent Religious Extremism?" on 13 April, 2016, at the House of Parliament in London, United Kingdom hosted by Universal Peace Federation - UK Patron, Mr Virendra Sharma MP.

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