UPF Switzerland Peace Cup 2018
Peace Cup in Ticino, held on 01.05.2018
IAPD consultation held at WCC offices
Geneva, Switzerland—A consultation on creating a chapter of the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD) was held at the World Coun...

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Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, founded the Universal Peace Federation in 2005.

Rev, and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, Founders, Universal Peace Federation

Rev, and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, Founders, Universal Peace Federation

Rev. Moon was born a farmer's son on January 6, 1920, in what is now North Korea. He began his ministry after World War II and was later imprisoned in a communist labor camp for three years before being liberated by UN forces during the Korean War in 1950. He came to the United States in 1971. On September 3, 2012 (July 18, lunar calendar), he passed away at the age of 92.

Rev. and Mrs. Moon have proposed a revitalized, renewed United Nations. More than 50,000 diplomats, clergy, civic leaders, current and former heads of state have been appointed as Ambassadors for Peace. Among the programs of the UPF are leadership conferences and regional peace initiatives. UPF promotes the UN's Millennium Development Goals and encourages people to work for peace through serving their communities. Rev. and Mrs. Moon's lifelong goal has been "One Family Under God."

For highlights of Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon's life, click here.
For highlights of Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon's life, click here.

Read an excerpt of Rev. Moon's autobiography, As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen.

Global Peace Council

Afghanistan
Hon. Sayed Ishaq Gailani
National Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Albania
H.E. Alfred Moisiu
Republic of Albania, President (2002-2007)

Angola
Hon. Genoveva Lino
Minister, Family and Women Promotion

Argentina
Dr. Luis Cesar Guedes Arroyo
Director, Center for Education and Family Therapy

Armenia
Mr. Armen Azizyan
Director of Material Department, Ministry of Culture

Australia
Hon. David John Clarke
Member of Parliament, New South Wales

Austria
Prof. Christian Bruenner
Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Graz

Azerbaijan
H.E. Rahim Alievich Huseynov
Prime Minister (1992-93)

Bahamas
Hon. Calvin J. Johnson
Former Member, National Parliament of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas

Bangladesh
Prof. Dr. M. Shamsher Ali
President, Bangladesh Academy of Sciences

Barbados
Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford
Ambassador Plenipotentiary of Barbados to China

Belarus
H.E. Prof. Stanislav S. Shushkevich
Chairman (1991-1994), Supreme Council of the Republic of Belarus

Belgium
H.E. Robert Roger Vandemeulebroucke
Honorary Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Brussels

Belize
Hon. Wilfred Elrington
Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Belize

Benin
H.E. Robert Dossou
President, Constitutional Court of the Republic of Benin

Bosnia Herzegovina
Dr. Anto Domazet
Professor of Economics, Sarajevo University

Botswana
Rev. Agnes Boitumelo Mokokwe
Founder, Bakgethwa Apostolic Church

Brazil
Amb. Luiz Brun de Almeida
President, Brazilian Diplomats Association

Bulgaria
Dr. Vesselin Atanassov Stoyanov
Former Ambassador of Bulgaria in Germany

Burundi
Hon. Jean Jacques Nyenimigabo
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture

Cambodia
Mr. Seng Yan Sok
General Director, Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning, and Construction

Cameroon
Hon. Emmanuel Dingha Banmi
Member, National Assembly of the Republic of Cameroon

Canada
Rev. Darryl Gregory Gray
Senior Pastor, Imani Family and Full Gospel Church

Central African Republic
Hon. Fidele Goandjika Cole
Minister for Posts and Telecommunication

Chad
Mr. Ganda Mayoumbila
Governor, Logone Occidental

Colombia
Hon. Guillermo Francisco Reyes Gonzalez
Former Vice Secretary of Justice

Congo
Dr. Julien Francis Moufonda
Professor of Philosophy, University Marien Ngouabi

Costa Rica
Hon. Gerardo Brenes A.
President The Foundation for the Development of Guanacaste Vice President La Paz Community School

Cote dIvoire
Rev. Abole Dogbo
Secretary General, Church of Christ - Harriste Mission

Croatia
Dr. Marko Tarle
International Consultant, University Hospital

Czech Republic
Mr. Miloslav Kucera
Media Advisor, Parliament of the Czech Republic

Democratic Republic of the Congo
Hon. Amand Pierre Kanumubadi
Chairman, OIG Company

Dominican Republic
Hon. Dr. Carlos Jose Martinez Arango
Congressman, National Congres

Ecuador
Dr. Lorenzo Alipio Calvas Preciado
President, Cofraternity of Egresed in Political Management

Egypt
Prof. Dr. Rouchdy S. Saleh Hassan
Professor of Natural Resources, Tanta University

El Salvador
Lic. Segundo Alejandro Dagoberto Marroquin Cabrera
Deputy, Legislative Assembly

Estonia
Dr. Toomas Alatalu
Professor, Tallinn University

Fiji
Hon. Paula Sotutu
Ambassadors for Peace, UPF Fiji

Finland
Mr. Rony Wulf Smolar
Councillor, Former Vice-President of European Jewish Congress

France
Mr. Chansamone Voravong
President, Forum of Migrants International Solidarity Organization

Gabon
Mr. Jean-Joseph Obame Engohang
President of Economic and Financial Affairs Commission, Constitutional Institution Council

Georgia
Mrs. Dalila Khorava
Chair, Georgia for the Support of Refugees

Germany
Mr. Friedrich Karl Poertner
Former Member, Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany

Ghana
Rev. Prof. Edwin N. Korley
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Pan African Christian Theological University

Grenada
Hon. Ann David Antoine

Guatemala
Licda. Ana Catalina Soberanis Reyes
Political Advisor, United Nations Development Program

Guinea Bissau
Dr. Aly Hijazi
President, National Peace Council

Haiti
Dr. Charles Poisset Romain
Rector, Jean Price Mars University

Honduras
Dr. Ramiro Colindres Ortega
Miembro

Hungary
Mrs. Zsuzanna Horvath Lestak
Professor of Marketing and Communication, Budapest College of Finance and Economy

India
Amb. Krishna Venkatachalam Rajan
President, Association of Indian Diplomats

India
Hon. Eduardo Faleiro
Commissioner for Non-Resident Indian Affairs, Government of Goa

Indonesia
Amb. Makarim Wibisono
Former Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations

Ireland
Dr. Jasbir Singh Puri
Consultant Anaesthetist Sikh Community of Ireland

Israel
Hon. Ran Cohen
Former Member of the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset

Italy
Dr. Antonio Stango
President, Italian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights

Jamaica
Hon. Yvon Thomas Desulme
Honorary Consul General, Consulate of Jamaica to Seoul

Japan
Prof. Masahisa Hayashi
Professor, Waseda University

Jordan
H.E. Faisal Akef Methgal El Fayez
Prime Minister (2003-2005), Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Kazakhstan
Prof. Artur Igorevich Artemyev
Professor, Kazakh Academy of Transport and Communication

Kenya
Hon. Joseph Kasaine Nkaisserry
Deputy Minister of Defense

Kosovo
Mr. Hydajet Hyseni
M.P.

Kyrgyzstan
Mr. Kubanychbek Torohanov
Director, Plenipotentiary Representative Office of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic on Investment Cooperation

Laos
Mr. Viengthavisone Thephachanh
Acting Director General, National Assembly of Lao Peoples Democratic Republic

Latvia
Mr. Leons Bojars
President, Trade Union

Lebanon
Mr. Kaissar Auguste Bakhos
Bhakos Law Offices

Lesotho
Hon. Lesao Archibald Lehohla
Former Deputy Prime Minister

Lithuania
Dr. Zita Rudiene
Doctor, Vilnius University Hospital Oncology Institute

Luxembourg
Dr. Paul Frank
Retired Magistrate

Macedonia
Dr. Kiril Temkov
Professor of Ethics, University of St. Cyril and Methodius

Malawi
Hon. Anna Andrew Namathanga Kachikho
Minister of Women and Child Development

Malaysia
Tan Sri Dr. Devaki Ayathurai Krishnan
President, UPF-Malaysia

Maldives
Hon. Mariya Ahmed Didi Amir
Member of Parliament

Mali
Diarra Moussa
Chairman, RECOMA

Malta
Hon. Noel Farrugia
Former Member, House of Representative of the Republic of Malta

Marshall Islands
Hon. Kessai H. Note
President (2000-2008), Marshall Islands

Mauritius
Mrs. Shakuntala Hawoldar
Former Director, Mauritius College of the Air

Micronesia
H.H. Iso Salvador L. Iriarte
Traditional Leader, Council of Traditional Leaders

Moldova
Dr. Marin Mazur
Professor, International Management Institute

Monaco
Rabbi Joseph Abittan
Director, Monotheistic Religions Council for the South of France

Mozambique
Hon. Raul Manuel Domingos
President, Party for Peace, Democracy and Development

Myanmar
Dr. U Maung Maung Ta Haj Sherazee
President, The All Myanmar Shia Moslem Organization

Namibia
Hon. Ulenga Benjamin Ulenga
President, Congress of Democrats

Nauru
Ms. Pamela Eibutsina Bill Scriven
Chairperson, Nauru Community Australia, Inc.

Nepal
Hon. Chitralekha Yadav
Deputy Speaker of the Parliament (2000-2008)

Netherlands
Dr. Willem Frederick van Eekelen
Former Minister of Defense

Nicaragua
Lic. Ivania Toruno Padilla
President, The Foundation of Earth and Life

Nigeria
H.E. Dr. Ernest Adegunle O. Shonekan
President (1993), Federal Republic of Nigeria

Norway
Mr. Lars Rise
Former Member of Parliament, Kingdom of Norway

Palau
Hon. Joel Toribiong
Senator, National Assembly of the Republic of Palau

Panama
Mr. Fabio Perez Flores
Founder and President, Hisao Lee Martial Arts

Papua New Guinea
Hon. James Byron Chan
Member, National Parliament

Peoples Republic of China
Dr. Tai Min Wan
Former Committee Member, National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China

Peru
Dr. Antero Flores-Araoz
Former Minister of Defense, Republic of Peru

Philippines
Hon. Jose C. de Venecia, Jr.
Former Speaker, House of Representatives of the Republic of the Philippines

Poland
Hon. Andrzej Szewinski
Senator, Senate of the Republic of Poland

Romania
Dr. Gabriela Elena Rezk-Gavrila
Vice President, National Agency for Social and Health Problems

Russia
Prof. Oleg Orestovich Mironov
Chief Researcher, Juvenile Crime Prevention Center, Russian State Social University

Saint Lucia
Hon. Dr. Rosemarie Mathurin
Former Speaker, House of Assembly of St. Lucia

Saint Vincent
Atty. Parnel Randolph Campbell
Barrister at Law, Campbells Chambers

Samoa
Rev. Fepai Fiu Kolia
Secretary General, National Council of Churches of Samoa

San Marino
Dr. Riccardo Venturini
Professor, San Marino University

Sao Tome And Principe
Mr. Oscar Abreu de Sousa Baia
President, Human Rights Organization

Senegal
Mr. Dethie Diouf
Expert in management of associative movements

Sierra Leone
Hon. Haja Afsatu Olayinka Ebishola Kabba
Minister of Energy and Power

Slovakia
Archbishop Augustin Bacinsky
Archbishop, Old Catholic Church of Slovakia

Slovenia
Hon. Anton Rop
Prime Minister (2002-2004)

Somalia
Hon. Prof. Mohammed Omar Dalha
First Deputy Speaker, National Assembly of Somalia

South Africa
H.E. Dr. Bukelwa Hans
Ambassador (2004-2008), Embassy of Republic of South Africa to Finland

Sri Lanka
Hon. Mohamed Hanifa Mohamed
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Suriname
Dr. Ramon Martinus De Freitas

Swaziland
Dr. Bongile E. Putsoa
Professor, University of Swaziland

Sweden
Hon. Bjorn Gustaf von Sydow
Member, Parliament of the Kingdom of Sweden

Switzerland
Hon. Ricardo Lumengo
Former Member, Parliament of the Swiss Confederation

Syria
Dr. Mohammad Abdulrahman Alhabash
Member, People's Council of the Syrian Arab Republic

Taiwan
Dr. Po-Ya Chang
President, The Control Yuan, Republic of China (Taiwan)

Tajikistan
Dr. Sayfullo Sadulloevich Safarov
Deputy Director, Strategic Research Center of the Office of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan

Tanzania
Hon. Juma A. Kapuya
Minister of Labor, Employment and Youth Development

Thailand
Gen. Terdsak Marrome
Special aide-de-camp to The King, Ministry of Defense

Togo
Hon. Gabriel Messan Agbeyome Kodjo
Prime Minister (2000-2002)

Tonga
Hon. Sunia Manu Fili
Member of Parliament, Legislative Assembly of the Kingdom of Tonga

Trinidad And Tobago
Hon. Noble Khan
Senator, National Assembly of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia
Dr. Arbia Ben Ammar
Professor of Microbiology, Tunisian Institute of Public Health

Turkey
Mr. Murat Sengul
Secretary General, Turkish Democracy Foundation

Turkmenistan
Hon. Nazigjan Annadurdievna Almamedova
Professor, State Arts Academy of Turkmenistan

Tuvalu
Rev. Suamalie N.T. Iosefa
Senior Pastor, Christian Church of Tuvalu

Uganda
Hon. Peter Teko Lokeris
Minister of State for Minerals Development

Ukraine
H.E. Leonid M. Kravchuk
President (1991-1994)

United States
Hon. Matt Salmon
Member (1995-2001), United States House of Representatives

Uzbekistan
Mr. Rakhmanjon Pulatovich Rasulov
Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Vanuatu
Rev. Pakoa Boua Maraki
Vice Chairman, Ambassadors for Peace Vanuatu

Vietnam
Prof. Dr. Tran Xuan Nhi
Vice President, Vietnam Association for Promoting Education

Yemen
Mr. Akram Abdulkarem Algunaid
General Manager, Ministry of Health

Zimbabwe
Hon. Damian Diamonds Enias Mumvuri
Senator, National Senate of the Republic of Zimbabwe

Presiding Council

The Presiding Council is the primary advisory body committed to advancing the core principles of the Universal Peace Federation. Members are elected for a period of two years. The Chairman of the UPF also serves as Chair of the Presiding Council.

Dr. Sun Jin Moon, Chair
Dr. Sun Jin Moon is the Chairwoman of Universal Peace Federation and International President of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. She also oversees a wide range of philanthropic, humanitarian, civil society and business initiatives. She is Chair of the Pacific Rim Education Foundation and the Seil Tour Company, and serves on the Board of Directors of The Washington Times Foundation and the Yongpyong Ski Resort in Pyongchang, Korea, where the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held. She is also a certified yoga instructor.

Dr. Thomas G. Walsh
Dr. Thomas Walsh is the President of the Universal Peace Federation. With academic training in the field of religion, he earned his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University. He has been a teacher, author, and editor with specialization in areas of interfaith, religious studies, peace studies, philosophy. and social theory. He serves on the International Council of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations and on the board of directors of the International Coalition for Religious Freedom. He has contributed to and edited more than 20 books related to interfaith, peacebuilding, and renewal of the United Nations; among these volumes are Renewing the United Nations and Building a Culture of Peace and The Millennium Declaration of the United Nations: A Response from Civil Society.

Dr. Tageldin Hamad
Dr. Tageldin Hamad is Secretary General of Universal Peace Federation International and Director of the UPF Office for UN and International Affairs. He is also Secretary General of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO). He served as Secretary of the Executive Committee of DPI-NGOs at the United Nations and was the Organizing Chair for the Summit of World Muslim Leaders conferences held in Jakarta and London.

Hon. Jose de Venecia, Jr.
The Hon. Jose de Venecia, Jr., served five terms as Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives from 1992 to 2007. He served as the Vice President of the Christian Democrats International as well as Chairman of the CDI Asia Pacific and is Chairman of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties. As Speaker of the House of Representatives, de Venecia spearheaded the proposal to create an interreligious council in the United Nations.

Rt. Hon. Hamilton Green
Rt. Hon. Hamilton Green served as Prime Minister of Guyana from 1985-1992 and as Mayor of Georgetown, the capital city of Guyana, from 1994 to 1995 and from 1997 to the present. He was first elected to the Guyanese Parliament in 1968 and held a number of Ministerial portfolios during his long and distinguished career. Rt. Hon. Green was educated at St. Stanislaus and Queens College. He is a fitness enthusiast, plays the piano, and reads history and philosophy in his spare time.

Sra. Graciela Rompani de Pacheco
The widow of Jorge Pacheco Areco, who was president of Uruguay from 1967 to 1972, Sra. Graciela Rompani de Pacheco is a businesswoman with training in administration and marketing. She is president and founder of Ventura, a non-profit association that administers three kindergartens in the most disadvantaged zones around Montevideo, and president of Ventura Grameen, which gives microcredits to women in the poorest neighborhoods. A graduate of the School of Social Services, she is founder and director of the Alvarez Caldeyro Barcia Foundation, an institution that seeks to improve the health of poor mothers and children; it is connected to the Pereira Rossell Hospital, where one in six Uruguayans are born. She is president of Embajada de Mujeres de America and vice president of Fundación Sino-Uruguay.

H.E. Stanislav Shushkevich
H.E. Stanislav Shushkevich was President of the Republic of Belarus from 1991 to 1994. He is Director of the Center for Political and Economic Studies at the European Humanitarian University in Minsk and Chairman of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party. Dr. Shushkevich served his nation as a political leader since 1990, when he was elected a Deputy and later First Vice Chairman of the Parliament. The following year he was elected Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Belarus. A physicist, Dr. Shushkevich was Senior Engineer and Head of Research and Development Laboratories at the Minsk Radio Plant and the Belarusian State University. He also served as Vice Rector and Head of the Nuclear Physics Department at the Belarusian State University.

H.E. Johnson Toribiong
H.E. Johnson Toribiong was born in Airai, Palau, in 1946. He is a former President of Palau (2009-2013). He studied at the University of Washington. Before becoming president he served as Palau's ambassador to Taiwan.

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