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Ambassador for Peace News

UPF Weekend Study Principles of Peace“If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together”, recommended one of the Ambassadors for Peace (AFP), a head teacher at a London School who took part in the Winter Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – weekend to study Peace Principles at Cleeve House, in Wiltshire, over 16-18th of January.

Read more: UPF #Peace Principles Weekend

Maman Charlotte Receiving an Award

Charlotte Simon-Bongumba, Founder of Mothers of Congo, was presented with an 'African Achievers Award for Woman’s Empowerment' in a ceremony in Ghana, for her efforts for peace and justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Read more: Charlotte Simon Receives an African Achievers Award

The International Peace Day or World Peace Day is celebrated round the world on the 21st September of every year. This day was first recognized in 1981 and asked every country, military and people to cease fire for one day dedicated to the absence of war. This day is celebrated in many major cities by wearing a white dove to symbolize Peace.

As we celebrate this significant day which over the past three decades, let the world leaders reflect on the enormous challenges facing the world today. The most expensive cost of war is against women and children. Serious and compelling alternatives to war are scarcely considered in the aftermath of war or in discussions about war against countries.

Read more: World Peace Day Message 2013

BEFFTA AwardCharlotte Simon received a BEFFTA award from Pauline Long for her work with Mothers of Congo. Both are UPF Ambassadors for Peace. In her award speech she decried the sexual violence in DRC saying 8 million are estimated to have been raped in the last 20 years.

Read more: Charlotte Simon Awarded For Work Against Rape in DRC

Dr Raheem Khan (right)

The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) - UK requests Ambassadors for Peace and friends to remember Dr Abdul Raheem Khan in their prayers. Dr Khan was a Director of the Universal Peace Federation - UK and a keen supporter of its activities. He participated in a number of U.P.F. conferences in Korea, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, and around Europe. He was a passionate advocate for interfaith activity to overcome misunderstandings. He was an enthusiastic supporter of UPF's Middle East Peace Initiative. 

Read more: The Passing of Dr Abdul Raheem Khan

Raj Bali Raj Bali is awarded an MBE. A longstanding friend and Ambassador for Peace, Raji Bali has been awarded an MBE in HRH the Queen's New Years Honours list. He received the Award from HRH Prince Charles on March 22nd, 2014

Read more: Raj Bali is awarded an MBE

Pauline Long - Presented With An Ambassador For Peace Award

Pauline Long received an Ambassador for Peace award during the programme. She is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, fashion designer, motivational speaker, and music video director with over 25 awards. She is also the founder of Europe’s biggest award for black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts- BEFFTA. Named African woman of the year in UK and listed in Black Women in Europe Power List. She’s a TV presenter on The Pauline Long Show SKY 182. She also nominated two of the Youth Achievement Awardees, Jermain Jackman and Keith Matthews Ssewamala.

Read more: Pauline Long Presented With An Ambassador for Peace Award