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Peace and Development

Genocide Genocide

On April 20th Universal Peace Federation (UPF) UK held an annual genocide awareness event. The Video Link is here.  Two important issues were raised by several people: 1) That different groups of activists in unrelated genocidal incidents can support each other to achieve recognition by the international community. 2) Awareness of the typical stages of genocide improve the chance to take pre-emptive measures to prevent mass killing. Please see The Prisma article, 'A Genocide Does Not Just Happen, We Allow it to Happen' by Marcos Ortiz Finch, about the evening. 

Read more: Genocides - The Before and After

Ruth Barnett

 T.S. Eliot, (in Four Quartets) said that humanity cannot bear too much reality. Humanity certainly cannot face the reality of genocide. Why am I interested in Genocide? As a child who escaped the Holocaust by coming to England at age four on the KT, I live with 1.5 million children murdered by the Nazis because they were not rescued. How many brilliant musicians, scientists, leaders of all kinds have we lost in my generation. One of those 1.5 million children might have made much better use of the chance of rescue than I ever can. So I do what I can to raise awareness of the truth about genocide. 

Read more: Ruth Barnett, Genocide - Before and After

Parliament WeekUniversal Peace Federation-UK receives a certificate for its Partnership with Parliament Week over the last three years from the Speakers of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. This is an appreciation for UPF's support of their aims of political engagement and empowerment. We held an event on the 'Decline of the Political Centre Ground' during Parliament Week 2016 last November. http://ow.ly/5nfD308rMql

Read more: Parliament Week Certificate

IWD

We were very sad that people lost their lives or were seriously injured yesterday, particularly the unarmed Police Officer who was killed at a gate I have passed by many times. Those hurt were from many nations including the US, France, Romania, South Korea as well as the UK. The incident happened just before 3 pm. We were to have the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) International Women’s Day (IWD) event at 5.30 in Parliament passing through security from 5 pm. Some of our guests went early to Parliament and were held inside Parliament for several hours in lock down with all the Parliamentarians and their staff. We had to change our event to Lancaster Gate and catch as many people as possible very quickly when we heard the news. We had a wonderful programme commemorating International Women's Day. 

Read more: International Women's Day 2017

ICD

You are cordially invited to an annual conference on Cultural Diplomacy and the Commonwealth in London. The conference will be in 43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA. Amid a wide range of presentations, there will be a panel on ‘Radicalisation in the Commonwealth’ and themes such as ‘Post-Brexit Significance of the Commonwealth to the UK’ and the Celebration of Black History Month. A number of other prominent speakers and commentators will be participating. Humphrey Hawksley will make a presentation ‘Democracy, War and Leadership’ 

 

Read more: Cultural Diplomacy and the Commonwealth

Board of Directors mtgUniversal Peace Federation UK held a Board of Directors meeting at 43 Lancaster Gate, London. It was a very good opportunity to discuss priorities and review a wide range of activities. There is a working draft calendar of events and some potential for opening new branches of UPF within the UK.

Read more: UK - UPF Board of Directors Meeting

Universal Peace Federation  Statement on the International Peace DayThe Universal Peace Federation (UPF) is proud to support the United Nations International Day of Peace 2016 dedicated to the theme "The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace."

At the opening of the 70th Session of the General Assembly, the United Nations Member States came together in September of 2015 to affirm and announce the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), along with 169 targets. 

Read more: UPF Statement - International Day of Peace 2016