A Vision for Peace building in the Gobal Era
The Universal Peace Federation, in cooperation with Ambassadors for Peace of all nations and faiths, has been involved in peacebuilding throughout the world through interreligious dialogue, consultations on peace and security, initiatives for peace in areas of conflict, peace education, and a multitude of other programs. In this session, the UPF peacebuilding principles and practices will be presented, and respected statesmen and Ambassadors for Peace will give their perspective on the critical challenges of our time and their vision for bringing effective peacebuilding solutions.
Moderator: Mr. Umberto Angelucci, Chair, UPF Middle East and North Africa
Welcome Greetings: 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.
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.