Inauguration of the
Universal Peace Federation – 100 cities, 67 nations World Tour
New York: Lincoln Center
address launches new Universal Peace Federation
Declaring the world to be at a pivotal "historic
turning point," Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon asked an international peace
gathering to consider, "Can everlasting world peace take root, or are we
doomed to repeat the 20th century's dark and oppressive history of war and
City USA Tour
Angeles was the perfect conclusion of the 12 City
North American tour. During the day just hours before the event, 160 elected
officials, religious leaders, faith-based community leaders, business, media,
sports, academia and many other professionals joined together to become the
Ambassadors for Peace. They affirmed the core values of promoting
inter-religious and interracial unity and cooperation, and "living for the
sake of others".
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Tour report : U.S. Newswire
European Ambassadors for Peace commit to collective action
Co-sponsored by the Mission of Burundi to the United Nations in Geneva and the Independent Bureau for Humanitarian Issues,
the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (the
Federation) held a successful conference on Tuesday 1st November at the Palais
des Nations, Geneva.
The event was a regional follow-up to a civil society convention that
paralleled the September 2005 World Summit in New York.
Media • Moon
fills up hall at the Noga Hilton This is
an unofficial translation of an article that appeared in French
Federation Arrives in London
Media • Rev Moon Speech
Conveys Vision of World Peace to London Audience
Rev Sun Myung Moon spoke to an audience of 1,500
on Saturday about his vision for world peace. "Humankind should end the perverse
cycle of sacrificing our children's lives and squandering astronomical sums of
money to fight wars," he said "the time has come for the countries of
the world to pool their resources and advance toward the world of peace desired
The Slovak National Theatre welcomed the UPF Founders
Slovakia offered the best it had, the Slovak National Theatre,
the most beautiful and historic building in Bratislava, for the inauguration of the Universal
Peace Federation. The venue enjoys an international reputation and is the home
of the famous opera singers Lucia Popp, Edita Gruberova, and Peter Dvorsky.
Since Bratislava and Vienna are only 60 km distant, the
performances of the Slovak National Theatre regularly attract many Austrian
guests every week, and more than 200 Austrian guests were very pleased to come to
our event at such a famous venue.
3000 Attend Albania
Dr. and Mrs. Moon’s party
arrived safely at Rinas airport in Tirana around 10:40 in the morning, and were
welcomed by an illustrious group of Ambassadors For Peace, including
IIFWP Secretary General Gani Rroshi, Mr. Gaqo Apostoli, Chairman of the
National Peace Council, Mrs. Rubena Moisiu (Director of Maternity of Tirana),
Mr. Nard Ndoka (Member of Parliament), Astrit Memia (Director of Information
for Democratic Party) and Ambassador Vladimir Lame.
First Stop in Europe:
Coming from the Baltics
where the seasons were more advanced, Mother Moon commented on the beautiful
sight of the colors of the autumn trees. At the hotel, the door was widely opened
and the elevators were waiting to take the party up to the 20th floor, giving a
view of Warsaw,
a city completely reborn in the past 15 years.
50th City, Prague, The Czech Republic
Prague was the 50th stop on the world tour. The
European IIFWP had organized well to prepare for each of the 13 cities Dr. and
Mrs. Moon would visit on the continent. Volunteers from countries that Father
and Mother Moon would not visit were assigned to support those nations in Europe that would host this tour.
Father Moon's Visit to
I am sitting at the window
of the 5th Floor Presidential suite of the Holiday Inn Hotel in Sarajevo. Climbing up
above the noise of the still war-scarred town are incredibly beautiful
hillsides with their autumn tints, the minarets of the mosques and the slopes
that hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics and the lethal snipers of the Bosnian Serb
forces in the prolonged siege of Bosnian War.
Speaker of the House Jose De Venecia Welcomes Tour Delegation
Dr. & Mrs. Moon arrived in Manila from Taipei. Philippine Speaker
of the House Jose De Venecia headed up the welcoming committee. A police escort
sped the party to the historic Manila Hotel, General MacArthur’s residence and
headquarters during WW II. More than 3000 members and well-wishers lined the
roadway leading to the hotel, waving flags and holding banners.
Media • Moon
praises RP officials for interfaith initiative
President Lu Hsiu Lien Welcomes Dr. Moon to Taiwan
The main event was held at the Dr. Sun Yet Sen
Memorial Hall and attracted a full house of 3,000 people. At each stop, the preparation
and the results seem to get better and better. For example, the pre-program was
packed with artistic entertainment, and included a string quartet, a choir and
a dance group. Translation between Korean and Chinese was seamless and
Media • Annette Lu rapt as Moonies icon preaches about peace
Prince Sirivudh Attends Cambodia
Dr. & Mrs. Moon
arrived in Cambodia
about 10 AM, met at the airport by Prince Sirivudh and Hon. Son Soubert, two
Ambassadors for Peace who have attended several of our international peace conferences.
As we approached the hotel, about 500 members and volunteers lined the
entryway waving Cambodian flags.
Former President Abdurrahman
Wahid Introduces the UPF in Indonesia
The flight from Colombo
to Jakarta took four hours putting arrival, after setting watches ahead one
hour, at about 2 PM. Mr. Alwi Shihab, one of the key leaders in the current government,
and Dr. Chirzen, welcomed Dr. & Mrs. Moon.
Media • Make
family, not war: Int'l peace campaigner
45 New Ambassadors for Peace
Appointed in New Delhi Inauguration
Dr. and Mrs. Moon arrived
in New Delhi after a two hour flight from Kathmandu. Dr. L.M. Singhvi, Hon. Edouardo Fillairo,
Lama Lobsang, V.V. Augustine, and Ursula MacLackland welcomed them at the
Inauguration in Sri
Lanka is a
beautiful large island off the coast of India. Formerly called Ceylon, it
was a British colony. It has been plagued by fighting between the largely
Buddhist Sinhalese populations settled mostly in the West, and the Tamil,
largely Hindu population in the East and many of who want an independence
from the Sinhalese.
Media • Sri Lanka News Clips
Support initiatives to build a
peaceful society: Dr. Moon
KATHMANDU, Nov. 22: Dr.
Sun Myung Moon, 86, who is on a tour of 100 cities in 67 countries in a peace
mission appealed to Nepalese at large to lend support to his ongoing efforts
in establishing true families, true societies, true nation and a true world
where peace reigned supreme.
Prime Minister Kemakeza Welcomes
UPF to The Solomon Islands
The Hon. Allan Kemakeza,
Prime Minister, was the guest of honor. He delivered a wonderful address
generously acknowledging Father’s for peace both internationally and locally.
He expressed great appreciation for the opportunities for Solomon Islands leaders to attend
Create a Union of the Oceania
Dr. and Mrs. Moon arrived
in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands
after a four hour flight from Palau,
and were welcomed at the airport by the Vice
President Witten T. Philippo representing President Kessai Note, away with
the First Lady on a state visit to Israel.
Small Nation, Bold Steps - Palau
Dr. & Mrs. Moon
arrived in Palau
at noon on December 2. It was a beautiful day in a most beautiful place. The
population of Palau
is only approximately 20,000. Palau
was dominated by Japan
early in the 20th century, and in WW II, 11,000 Japanese (including many
Koreans who had been conscripted into the Japanese army) were killed, as well
as about 8,000 Americans.
Prime Minister and Governor
of American Samoa Attend Speech
In going from Solomon
Islands to Samoa we
crossed the international date line and so began another day at December 4th,
an interesting experience! Samoa is a central nation in Polynesia
and the Pacific. It is a strongly strong Christian nation, with Christian
missionaries arriving in the later 19th century, about the same time as Korea. Samoa has a key role in the Pacific Forum, and will
host the Pacific Games in 2007.
leader visits Sydney to promote inter-faith peace
The evangelical leader of the Unification Church,
Reverend Sun Myung Moon visited Sydney on
Tuesday to launch the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) in Australia. To some he is known as
a charlatan and a cult identity; to others he is regarded as a powerful and
noted peacemaker in the global sphere.
Uruguay: Father and Mother Moon met with the
president, Dr. Tabare Vazquez
The Peace Embassy in Uruguay is also
one of the finest anywhere. It is a former Presidential Residence, located in
the best neighborhood of the city where many other embassies are located. In
fact, the building also once served as the Argentine Embassy and the grounds
are a botanical garden. It is extremely beautiful and very well maintained.
Argentina: Event in the Paris of South America, Bouenos Aires
It was a beautiful day to
arrive in a beautiful city, sometimes referred to as “the Paris of South
America.” Though it is winter in Paris,
early summer in the Southern Hemisphere. The city is alive, and trees, flowers
and people are all in bloom. The event took place in the Libertador Hall room
at the Sheraton Hotel. With a packed and enthusiastic audience
of more than 1200.
Paulo: Enthusiastic crowd fills the Auditorium Anhembi to capacity at Brazil
The main event was held at
the city’s Rebouças
Convention Center, about
40 minutes from the headquarters. The hall was filled to its 2,500 capacity
with a most enthusiastic crowd who welcomed Father and Mother Moon with the
kind of thunderous, rousing ovation normally reserved for when the Brazilian
national soccer team score a goal.
Family Focus in
The foundation of the
country is the family. Having brothers and sisters in a family is so important.
Having older and younger, like north and south. All
the laws of the universe are within the family. All the laws of love are in the
family, and following the laws of love is the way to peace. Loving and
respecting grandparents is like loving and respecting God. We learn to love God
within the family, within the couple. We have different directions in the family;
this means grandparents, husband and wife, children are all in different
positions. Love comes from the person we love. We cannot experience love by
Late Night in Lima
During the day Trevor Jones
of Tiempos del Mundo Peru, Frank Grow, the Associate
Publisher, and Dr. Thomas Walsh, Secretary General of the Universal Peace
Federation paid a visit to the President and Vice President of the Peruvian Congress
to introduce the Universal Peace Federation and the vision for Dr. Moon’s
for Peace asked to Work with World Leaders
Following a performance of
traditional Colombian music, there was the World Peace Blessing and Marriage
Re-dedication ceremony. Welcome remarks were delivered by Dr. Guillermo Reyes,
a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and a leading Ambassador for Peace. A
letter of welcome from President Alvaro Uribe Velez was also read out.
Former Prime Minister
of Barbados Welcomes UPF
Introducing Father and
Mother Moon to the people of Barbados,
Sir Lloyd gave a beautiful welcome address, underscoring that Barbados needed to listen to Father
Moon’s message with an open mind. “Many leaders in the past were misunderstood,
and later recognized as true heroes to Barbados and the world,” he said.
“Even though some misunderstand Father Moon now, but they will see the truth in