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Universal Peace


The History

he Universal Peace Federation

(Peace Federation) was founded
by Dr. and Mrs. Sun Myung
Moon on September 12, 2005,
as a global alliance of religious,
academic, political and civic leaders, and
organizations joined together to promote
peace, that is, a unified world in which
all people live together in harmony,
cooperation, and co-prosperity.
The Peace Federation builds on the
foundation established through a wide
range of organizations and programmes
founded by Dr. Sun Myung Moon,
including the Holy Spirit Association
for the Unification of World Christianity (known as the Unification Church),
established in 1954, and the Family
Federation for World Peace and Unification, established in 1996. More recently,
in 1999, Dr. Moon founded the IIFWP
(Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace) as an organization
dedicated to developing new models of
governance, guided by representatives of
religions and governments in a respectful, cooperative partnership for the sake
of peace. The IIFWP has promoted many
initiatives, including one aimed at renewal of the United Nations recommending that the United Nations create an
interreligious council within its system.

peace councils on the global, regional,

national, and local levels.
Ambassadors for Peace: Ambassadors
for Peace are individuals whose lives
exemplify the ideal of living for the
sake of others, and who dedicate themselves to promoting universal moral
values, strong family life, interreligious
cooperation, international harmony, renewal of the UN, responsible mass media, and the establishment of a global
culture of peace. Transcending racial,
national, and religious boundaries, the

The second Ambassador for Peace Symposium on

the life and thought of Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon in
Holland, April 2004

Based on IIFWPs foundation, Dr. Moon

launched the Interreligious and International Peace Council (IIPC) in October
2003. The IIPC promotes an ideal of
good governance that integrates the
contributions of religion, governments
and non-governmental organizations in
the pursuit of peace. IIPC programmes
are carried out by a global network of
Ambassadors for Peace who have formed

Ambassadors for Peace contribute to the

fulfillment of the hope of all ages, a unified world of peace, wherein the spiritual
and material dimensions of all reality are
The Ambassadors for Peace initiative
was initialised by Dr. Moon in January
2001, giving rise to a series of educational programmes aimed at reconciliation
and peace. Nearly 70,000 Ambassadors
for Peace have been appointed worldwide during the following four years.

The Founders

The second Ambassador for Peace Symposium on

the life and thought of Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon in
Holland, April 2004

US and European Ambassadors for Peace take part

in a conference at the Pontifical Institute,Jerusalem,
during the MEPI fact-finding tour in May 2005

he Universal Peace Federation

(Peace Federation) was founded by Dr. and Mrs. Sun Myung
Moon on September 12,2005,as a
global alliance of religious, academic, political and civic leaders,
and organizations joined together
to promote peace, that is, a unified
world in which all people live together in harmony, cooperation and
On numerous occasions in 2004
and 2005, Dr. and
Mrs. Moon were
recognised for their
lifetime of dedication to the cause of
world peace. On
the IIFWPs fourth
World Summit on
Leadership and Good

Governance in December 2004,

Rev. and Mrs. Moon were honoured as King and Queen of Peace
before a crowd of 2,500 international delegates in Washington
DC. At another similar event there
were messages of support from
U.S. President George W. Bush
and his father, former president
George H.W. Bush.

What is the UPF?


umanity stands at a critical

turning point. The decisions
we make and the actions taken,
or avoided, at this time will
take us either further along
a path to increased harmony,
prosperity and peace, or along a track
of crisis, conflict and war. Our human
familys great saints, sages, spiritual
leaders, philosophers, visionaries, mothers and fathers, statesmen, and people of
conscience from all walks of life have
strived for a unified world of peace. We

cosmos. In fact, the Korean translation of

the words inter-religious and international, cho chun kyo and cho kook
ka, respectively, may also be translated
as beyond the realm of religion and
beyond the boundaries of nations. In
this sense, their combined meaning is
The term universal, as it is used in this
context, not only welcomes all religions
but also that the federation encourages

Peace is not simply

the absence of war.
It is possible in all
Over 800 people attended this confernece exploring multiculturalism in Britain, held in the centre
of London in 2004.

cannot abandon this hope nor fail to

take all necessary steps to assure that the
legacy of so many noble predecessors
is fulfilled. In this way our children and
all future generations will come to know
only a world of peace.
This is the purpose of the Universal
Peace Federation.
The Peace Federation provides a mechanism for cooperative peace-building
efforts among governmental, religious,
cultural, education and civil society
representatives, all working together with
mutual respect and a shared commitment
to cooperation and good governance. The
Peace Federation is guided by a vision
of humanity as one global family under
God, called to live in accordance with
core, universal principles. As instructed
by the teachings of the great religions,
we derive our existence from a common
origin and we share a common purpose
and destiny. That destiny is peace.
Universal: The term universal is a
translation of a Korean term, chunju,
which can be translated as heaven and
earth that together make up the entire

a process whereby religious barriers are

overcome and a higher state of harmony
and unification is realized. Likewise,
the term also applies to the welcoming
of all nations and the encouragement of
a process whereby barriers created by
nationalism are broken down.
Peace: Peace is not simply the absence
of war. Peace is possible in all relationships. A relationship of peace is one in

Left: Hannah Speller addresses a UPF meeting

about her experience teaching children in Rwanda;
Right: Imam Abduljalil Sajid speaks on the need
for intterreligious reconcilliation.

which there is harmony, order, purpose

and fulfillment and where all related entities experience value, joy and happiness.
Thus, peace may describe the experience
of an individual person in terms of the
relationship between mind and body or
the relationship between husband and
wife, or parents and children. It may also
describe the nature of the relationship
between human beings and the environment. In effect, peace is the end state of
the process whereby divided entities are
brought into a state of harmony, cooperation and unification.
Federation: As a federation, we seek
to create a broad range of partnerships
among individuals, educational institutions, organizations, religions, corporations, the media and governments for the
sake of peace.

Participants at the Middle East Peace Initiative Conference in Jerusalem. The UPF has organised trips
and conferences for hundreds of delegates to be a part of vital dialogue towards towards the peace process
between the Israelies and Palestinians.

Our Activities

Peace Initiatives

Peace Initiatives: Many peace initiatives

carried out in areas such as the Middle
East, Asia, and South Asia, apply the
Universal Peace Federation methodology
of reconciliation and service.
Conflict-Prevention Missions: The
Federation works proactively with volunteers to form task forces to work in areas
where conflict is probable as a result of
rising tensions.
Conflict-Resolution Missions: The UPF
provides training for volunteers and task
force members who serve in areas of
active conflict, using programmes and
projects that seek to end violence and
Peace-Building Missions: The Universal
Peace Federation has established and
secured the necessary foundations for
durable peace in areas where conflict has
subsided or ceased.
Peace-Keeping Missions: With the support of those who work in security or law
enforcement the UPF works for the protection of the family and the community.
Service Programmes: There have been
hundreds of service projects for peace
organised by UPF affilliated groups. They
have all sought to apply the principle of
living for the sake of others, a phrase
coined by UPF founder, Sun Myung Moon.

Human Development Programmes:
Through various programmes, the UPF
promotes human development with a focus on education, literacy,
and family, service
Young people prepare for an
and economic outreach activity during their
and business
character training gap-year
development. programme, March 2005.
Network of
Universities and Education: Currently
the UPF is encouraging the development
of a global university network, underscoring the need for educational programmes
that teach the principles of conflict resolution, character development, and underline the importance of peace.

Since 1999 the Universal Peace

Federation has been campaigning for
the development of an interreligious
council within the United Nations.
Leadership and Good Governance
Programmes: The Universal Peace
Federation has developed a wide range
of programmes to promote effective,
principled leadership and governance
within families, businesses, governments, religions, educational institutions,
and NGOs.

Athletes from around the world compete as representatives of their faith, culture and
nation in the 3rd Interreligious Peace Sports Festival (IPSF), Seoul.

Sports for Peace Programmes: The

Peace Federation has oraganised sporting
events and competitions that contribute
to peace. These include the Interreligious
Peace Sports Festival, Play Soccer Make
Peace, and the Sun Moon Peace Cup
Football Tournament.
Arts and Cultural Programmes:
Cultural programmes and the arts are
viewed by UPF as instruments of peace
and are promoted as such through Artists
Association International.
Media: The Peace Federation promotes
a wide range of peace media initiatives
such as Voices of Peace TV and World
and I: Innovative Approaches to Peace to
bring together media professionals and
journalists to explore ways to contribute
to peace.
Business, Law, Banking, Finance,
Trade and Economic Development:
Here the UPF brings together professionals and fields related to business, law,
banking, stock trading, insurance, finance
and trade to explore ways to improve human development and world peace.

Specialists for

Girls from the Interfaith Childrens Home in

Hyderabad, India, with one of the the Homes
founders, Mrs. Patricia Earle.

Bering Strait Peace Tunnel and International Peace Highway Project:

UPF is working in partnership with other
organisations to plan and carry out the
construction of a Peace Tunnel under
the Bering Strait, linking the land masses
of North America and Asia. The UPF
supports the initiative to build an international peace highway linking the world

Women from different faiths participate in a peace

and reconciliation sisterhood ceremony overlooking

Our Activities

Honoring UN Peace Forces: The Peace

Federation honors and supports veterans
and active duty UN Peacekeepers.

Bridging the Gaps

The Initiative for an Interreligious
Council at the United Nations: Since
1999, an effort has been made to develop
an interreligious council as an organ
within the United Nations providing a
way to strengthen and aid its efficiency
of conducting its mission.

Opening pleanary of the WANGO 2004 annual conference hosts 235 select leaders from 55 nations at the
Parliament buildings in Budapest, Hungary

Leading Ambassadors for Peace discuss the formation of the first European Peace Council in Geneva,
Switzerland in May 2005

Establishment of Peace Zones: The

Peace Federation works to initiate
peace zones in places where conflict has
prevailed, such as the DMZ separating
South and North Korea. Involving peace
volunteers from all religions, nations,
and cultures, we will work together to

develop cultural, environmental, and

educational programmes promoting
World Peace Blessing Programmes:
The World Peace Blessing is a renowned programmes sponsored and
organised by the Universal Peace
Federation that promotes marriage and
family as the foundation of peace and
celebratess those who have married
across racial, religious, and national

Activists at the Initiatives for Peace-Making in the Middle East conference in London, June 2005.

Two Decades
of Promoting

ince 1985, the Religious Youth

Service (RYS) has provided
more then 120 communities
in 43 nations with a model of peace
building through inter-religious
service programmes. The RYS model
of service includes living together as
a religiously and culturally diverse
community dedicated to the basic
spiritual principle of living for the
sake of others. The RYS provides
volunteer service and a substantial
example of fruitful cooperation. This
model has proven extremely important in helping people to heal past
wounds and gain their own vision of
how to rebuild their communities.
RYS has often been in zones of
conflict including Sri Lanka, Southern Philippines, Belfast, the former
Yugoslavia, Uganda, India and South
Africa and it has inspired individuals
to lay down their arms, put aside resentments and begin to make change.

Our Values
The term God-centredness indicates
an attitude and disposition of responsiveness to the establishment of a universal
realm of true love and peace, on earth
and in heaven, the original purpose and
will of God, the origin of all things. The
term God may be translated into equivalent names and conceptual frameworks,
such as Allah,
ultimate reality, Rushana
Brahma, etc.
The essential A volunteer on a relief project
in Zambia in June 2005
characteristics of Godcenteredness are absolute faith, love and
obedience, being fundamental attributes
of the divine character. A God-centered

European Regional Director of UPF, Dr. Yong Cheol Song and his wife, with Ambassadors for Peace

person is one who understands God as

the ultimate reality and guiding force in
the universe and who lives for the sake
of others. We recognize these virtues as
essential to the development of society
and to the achievement of true freedom
and lasting peace.

The realisation of peace requires
principled, human effort. It does not
emerge automatically. For peace to
be achieved, each human being must
be responsible to initiate their own
personal, spiritual and moral transformation and contribute to the well-being
of others.

Living for the Sake

of Others
The essence of good character is true
love, meaning an unselfish heart of love
and action. Living for the sake of others is not the teaching of any particular
religion but can be found in the essential
teachings of all religions.

Cooperative Give
and Take Action
The universe is relational in nature. Give
and take action leads to peace when the
action is guided by the principle of living
for the sake of others. Lasting human
development has its foundation in unselfish give and take action. Conflict, abuse
and corruption have their foundation in
selfish give and take action.

The Dual Purposes

of All Things

Founding members of the European Interreligious

and International Peace Council in Geneva

Harmony and
Beyond Boundaries
We encourage all efforts to break down
human barriers and to build bridges of
reconciliation, cooperation and peace
by overcoming divisions of nationality,
religion, race, culture and ethnicity that
stand in the way of peace.


All existing things have dual purposes.

There is a purpose related to the development of the thing itself and one
of the wider context. A human cell, for
example, has the purpose to exist and
multiply, while also having the purpose
to serve the overall well-being of the
body. Individual acts that lose sight of
the larger purpose are selfish. Acts, serving both the interests of the self and the
larger purpose, are unselfish and contribute to peace.

The cornerstone of peace is the family.

Through family, we not only reproduce
the human species but also generate
the human spirit, our character and our
culture. The family has its foundation
in the stability of sexual order, which
entails purity before marriage and fidelity
in marriage. When the sexual and family
order break down, the entire social order
deteriorates, much as the break down of
a body or organs with diseased cells.


In addition to the observable physical

reality, there is also a spiritual reality that
exists. Each human being has an eternal
spirit that exists in an eternal spiritual
world after death. Spiritual principles are
to be practiced physically so that
we are prepared for life in
the spiritual world.

All things are created to co-exist in

harmonious, cooperative and mutually
fulfilling partnerships. No entitys purpose is to exist in isolation as an individual. Successful partnership is rooted
in unselfish give and take action.

Spiritual Reality

Mission Statement

he Universal Peace Federation is a global

alliance of individuals and organizations
dedicated to building a world of peace,
a world in which everyone can live in
freedom, harmony, cooperation and coprosperity for all. Guided by universal,
absolute values of faith, true love and obedience
to the divine will and one s conscience, the Peace
Federation works to realize the ideal of a peace
kingdom, a realm in which humankind, centered
on God and true love, lives together in harmony
as a global family without boundaries.

Delegates including religious leaders, politicians and community representatives from around
the world take part in the Heart to Heart rally and march for peace in Jerusalem in 2004, part
of the ongoing Middle East Peace Initiative which is spearheaded by the UPF.

With an accent on principled action, service and

successful outcomes, the Peace Federation seeks
to apply a model of governance that avoids bureaucracy, positions of status and over-structured
systems. It seeks instead a lean and flexible structure focused on the needs of specific functions
and programmes that serve the goal of peace.
The Peace Federation seeks to be known for its
results, the quality of character of its volunteers,
and its principled, passionate activism for peace.
The Peace Federation is above all a movement of

Our Objectives
The core objectives of the Peace Federation include the promotion of:
A Culture of Peace through Education, Sports, Arts, Media and Service
Interreligious Cooperation
Partnerships among Governments, Religions and Civil Society
The United Nations and its Economic and Social Council
An Interreligious Council at the United Nations
Good Governance
Human Development
Conflict Prevention
Conflict Resolution
Strong, Loving Family Life
Peace Education
Economic Development
Humanitarian Relief

The Universal Peace Federation

European Headquarters
43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA, United Kingdom