Students and the UPF in Malaysia

From the Malaysia Star:

ABOUT 300 students from 15 universities and colleges around the nation participated in a community project at the first Malaysia College and University Student Assembly (Cusa), organised by the Collegiate Ambassadors for Peace Network, a youth leadership initiative of Universal Peace Federation Malaysia…

The project was launched by Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Idris Haron who commended the students on their leadership and initiative…

The volunteers also heard from veteran volunteers including Yayasan Salam Malaysia project executive Nal Azri Nawawi, and Universal Peace Federation Malaysia education director James Poon Hong Wai.

Global Peace Festival in Washington

One of this year’s “Global Peace Festivals” has taken place in Washington; the Washington Times reports:

The festival, held on the West Lawn of the Capitol, represents the launch of a long-term initiative by more than 150 faith- and community-based organizations to advocate for peace and unity worldwide.

…Speakers included D.C. civil rights activist and former D.C. Delegate Walter E. Fauntroy and GPF Chairman Hyun Jin Moon, son of Unification Church founder the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

…Among the organization partners are the Humanities Council in the District, the Interfaith Consortium, the Greater Washington Urban League, the Universal Peace Federation and the Points of Light Institute.

UPF “Partners” in Washington Global Peace Festival

Westchester.com reports from Yonkers:

In 2007, a “drought” was claimed throughout food banks in America…To respond to this rising need, youth peace-builders working with the Global Peace Festival to launch an ongoing initiative called A Million Acts of Service and Kindness (millionacts.org), are coming out full force in the Yonkers community to host a city-wide food drive…

The Global Peace Festival (gpfusa.org) will be held on August 9th, at the D.C. Mall on Capitol Hill . There, powerful partners, like the United Way, Service for Peace, Points of Light and the Hands on Network and the Universal Peace Federation are rallying the families of America to cross barriers of culture, race and religion to forge a commitment of building a world of peace, “One Family Under God”…Some partners are the American Clergy Leadership Conference, Global Eco Living Associates, the Ambassadors for Peace, March for Peace, and many more.

The UPF, of course, is not just a “partner” in the Global Peace Festival: it is the directing force, and “One Family Under God” is a slogan meant to embody Rev Moon’s theology.

UPF’s “South Caucasus Peace Initiative”

From the Georgian Times:

The recent Summit of GUAM in Georgia has reiterated the wish of its Member States – Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova – to deal with the still unresolved conflicts in the South Caucasus. Moreover, this collective diplomacy tool could make Georgia a regional leader, by means of a pro-active approach to conflict resolution, including cooperation with non-government actors in international politics.One of these – Universal Peace Federation, an international world-wide NGO, which enjoys a consultative status with the UN ECOSOC, recently launched its new South Caucasus Peace initiative, aimed at contributing, by using a ‘people’s diplomacy’, to the resolution of one of the oldest conflicts in Eurasia, i.e. the one involving Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The author of the article, Vladimir Petrovsky, runs through the region’s problems and praises the work of “our Peace Ambassadors, a network of people of goodwill, devoted to enthusiastic and volunteer work for peace”. Among the goals is

To promote the concept of “Peace in Heart- Peace in Family – Peace in Society – Peace on the Planet”

Petrovsky is president of the Russian National Peace Council, and of the up-coming UPF-backed “Global Peace Festival” in Moscow. Petrovsky also backs Rev Moon’s plans to gain influence in the UN, as he explains in this gushing article:

An interreligious council at the United Nations, proposed by Rev. Sun Myung Moon, is of paramount importance for world politics.

..The idea of an interreligious council is an outgrowth of some of the essential elements of Rev. Moon’s teachings. For example, as he explains it, the Fall of Adam and Eve was caused by the misuse of love; this led subsequently to the murder of their son, Abel, by his elder brother, Cain. Thus, world peace requires that we restore two primary types of relationships: between men and women and between siblings.

Restoration of the relationship between men and women is related to the marriage Blessing ceremonies that Rev. Moon conducts. Restoration of the relationship between brothers, and, by extension, nations, religions, races, ethnic groups, etc., is rooted in Rev. Moon’s understanding of the Cain-Abel relationship. An “Abel-type” person or group is one who lives for the sake of others in order to bring about reconciliation, cooperation and peace.

UPDATE: Thank you to a reader who pointed out to me that the Vladimir Petrovsky who runs Comprehensive Dialogue Among Civilizations’ Association is a different person from the Vladimir Petrovsky mentioned above

More UPF Advances in Philippines

From the Philippines Information Agency:

In Negros Oriental, UPF has awarded the following community leaders as Ambassadors for Peace: Negros Oriental State University President Dr. Henry A. Sojor, former Provincial Police Chief Col. Melvin Ramon G. Buenafe, Ajong High School Principal Dr. Rolando A. Pacarro, Science and Technology Institute Dumaguete Career Adviser Gregorio Baccay, Guihulngan Vice Mayor Caesar Macalua, Brgy. Candau-ay Councilor Patricia Funda, Bacong High School Teacher In Charge Ma. Georgina Donio, and Erwin Tindoc, teacher/adviser of Bacong High School.

One of the UPF’s best-known backers in the Philippines is the former (and now embattled) speaker of the Philippines House of Representatives, Jose de Venecia. De Venecia was at the recent Saudi-backed interfaith conference in Spain; the Arab News reported:

He presented a draft resolution calling on the conference to petition King Abdullah, King Juan Carlos of Spain and Spanish Premier Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to organize a joint Saudi-Spanish request to the UN for an Interfaith Council to promote and oversee “all global, regional and local interfaith dialogues among the great religions, civilizations, cultures, governments…to help resolve politico-religious, sectarian and ethnic conflicts and tensions in various parts of the world.”…The Filipino congressman’s support for religion as a foundation for peace rather than for conflict found strong backing among the participants.

This is, of course, one of Rev Moon’s prime objectives, as de Venecia himself made clear in a previous speech (as noted here):

One of the great missions of Rev. Moon is to see how we can bring about a unification of the great religions of the world…and under the leadership of Rev. Moon – I had the privilege to present to the Security Council last year – a resolution for a dialogue among civilizations, among religions, among cultures, for an interfaith dialogue and I am happy to report to you that the following month, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously approved our resolution calling for an interfaith dialogue among the great religions of the world.

I wonder if de Venecia mentioned Rev Moon to either Abdullah or Juan Carlos.