Ambassadors for Peace Richmond, Virginia
UPF "World Summit 2013"
Sheraton Walker-Hill Hotel, Seoul, Korea
February 22-25, 2013
Creating One Family Under God
UPF International "World Summit 2013" was one of several important events celebrating the great Foundation Day of God's providence for lasting world peace. UPF and Women's Federation for World Peace (WFWP) representatives attended, representing 194 nations. This Summit was seen by many as the best UPF conference to-date. Several sitting and former heads of state, vice-presidents, prime ministers, first ladies and parliamentarians participated.
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(Above) Chairman, Dr. Hyung Jin Moon (youngest son of Rev. and Mrs. Moon) delivers founders' address on behalf of his parents.
The Summit's theme was: "Peace, Security and Human Development". Leaders from around the world expressed their hope for lasting peace by reporting on their nations efforts for peacebuilding and by addressing critical areas in the peace process of their regions.
In the founders' address, given on behalf of Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon (wife of Rev. Moon), by Rev. Dr. Hyung Jin Moon, Chairman of UPF International, Dr. Moon expressed great hope that the existing United Nations will continue to embrace the reforms and move in the direction suggested to it by her ascended husband. Said reforms included: 1) the establishment of a bicameral Security Council which included representatives of the major world's religions, 2) Peace zones of Ambassadors for Peace from around the world who would be actively involved in the peace-making process of each region. And 3), a day that honors God - the Heavenly Parent, and the ideal of True Parents.
(Above, right) One of my favorite Korean Drama actress, Jeong Hye-Seon (in her Hanbok) graces the event with her presence. She was delighted to meet me, a foreigner who recognized and appreciated her great acting talent in her halomoni (mother/grandmother) roles.
In closing, she stated that "The Unification Movement, and especially the Universal Peace Federation, stands ready to support and work with you in whatever way we can to advance the ideal of peace, security and human development in your nations." She then invited all present to join the True Parents in "...building ideal families and nations...and as members of a civil society to create Cheon Il Guk (Kingdom of Peace), the 'Abel UN', and 'One Family Under God.'"
(Above) A happy monent; specially for me? "Real strawberries for real people" - a display in the main lobby of the Sheraton. (Right) Sitting and former heads of state, first ladies and other government leaders at the Summit.