PEACE ROAD 2023: Celebrating 25 Years of the (Belfast) Good Friday Agreement!
Mother of Peace 80th Birthday Celebration
An Irish 80th Birthday Celebration and exhibition for True Mother was held on Sunday 28th May 2023
in the beautiful Georgian Unity House Peace Embassy HQ of FFWPU/UPF & WFWP in the heart of Dublin City.
Over 50 participants and guess were treated to an afternoon of enlightenment, entertainment and refereshment!
Brief overviews and congratulatory addresses were given by FFWPU, UPF, and WFWP, followed by Korean food,
with superb entertainment provided by award-winning Irish musician Michael Brunnock.
True Mother’s autobiography was available and many participants happily claimed a copy.
The event was very well received, and the sun shone brightly from the Heavens.
Armagh City was the site of this year's Peace Road Walk as participants took the short but very symbolic route from St. Patricks Roman Catholic Cathedral to St. Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral, both with all-island headquarters in the city.
Passing the North South Executive building on the way peace walkers stopped briefly for interfaith prayer readings from World Scripture by Peace Ambassadors Maryam Temile, Stanley Nwaneri and Marisa Goldstone at this significant institution of the Good Friday Agreement. Mrs Catríona Thiébault also offered a heartfelt prayer at the Church of Ireland Cathedral at the burial site of the Great Ancient High King of Ireland, Brian Boru. She gave thanks to Heaven for the new peaceful conditions and heartistic unity in Ireland as well as for the resolution of religious persecution of Unificationists in Japan following the Abe assassination.
Following the walk, participants convened at the City Hotel for a keynote presentation by Prof. Omar Escalona. Prof Escalona gave a deep exposition on the theme of "Converging identities of Science and Religion". His presentation followed an introduction to the history and purpose of the Peace Road as envisioned by the UPF co-founders Father & Mother Moon by FFWPU National Pastor Youngil Ely Loew.
To conclude, Peace Ambassador Stanley Nwaneri gave an inspiring summary of his work in the Migrant Rights and intercultural harmony area. Emcee UPF Ireland Secretary General Colm Ó Cionnaith thanked everyone for coming to “the Cathedral City” after he gave a round up of the activities of the Federation in 2022 so far, emphasing the significance of the various UN days, for interfaith networking and awareness for Peace and intercultural harmony throughout Ireland between all communities, new and existing.
UPF Ireland Peace Road Walk & Forum 2021
"Ending Conflict in Ireland - Lessons for the World?"
Derry City 26.9.21, part of the International Peace Road Project
15th Anniversary of the founding of UPF Both the rules-based world order established after WWII and the EU system of close intergovernmental cooperation and integration are under such severe strain as to cast doubt on their future viability. In both cases increasing preoccupation with national self-interest, as against willingness to cooperate together for the common good, would appear to be the key destabilizing factor.
What are the key issues threatening to tear the EU apart or at least to greatly reduce its effectiveness and how can they be resolved, if at all? Even more importantly, can the global, rules-based system survive and how can the E.U. best adapt itself so as not only to ensure its own survival but also to bolster the global rules-based system in its fight for survival?
Few people can be better qualified to provide answers to these vital questions than our 3 panelists. Each has played a key role in the development of the E.U.'s policies in the last 20 years.
Romano Prodi, Prime Minister of Italy (1996 - 1998 and 2006-2008), President of the European Commission (1999-2004).
Jose Manuel Barroso, Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-2004), President of the European Commission (2004-2014).
Herman Van Rompuy, Prime Minister of Belgium (2008-2009), President of the European Council (2009 - 2014), Chairman of the Board of the College of Europe (since 2019).
Rita Payne, Former Asia Editor, BBC World News (TV), President emeritus, Commonwealth Journalists Association
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