International Day of Peace 2015 in Germany
WFWP/UPF Germany, Bonn (Germany), Sept. 20, 2015: The Bonn chapters of Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) and Universal Peace Federation (UPF) provided once again a platform for people from different nations, belief systems and religions for sharing on the topic of this year’s International Day of Peace as proclaimed by the United Nations: “Partnerships For Peace – Dignity For All“. Thus a number of projects were presented in which WFWP and UPF members were directly or indirectly involved. Some beautiful musical performances, poems and other texts touched the hearts of the participants.
The audience was deeply impressed by a report on a German/Austrian couple who care for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. This summer UPF members from Bonn supported their activities and provided for a special celebration which brought much joy to the kids and the grown- ups alike in the refugee camp.
Another topic was the aid for Nepal after the Himalayan nation was struck by devastating earthquakes in spring. Members of UPF International not only donated food and material goods but also provided human help by meeting the people in need on site.
On a lighter note, beautiful pictures and some episodes from the “Peace Road 2015” were presented, a project which was embraced especially by young people in over 120 countries. In the spirit of the UPF founder, the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, they walked and cycled for peace on all continents. Some went to hot spots like the border between North and South Korea. In Germany several teams cycled along the former iron curtain and along the former Berlin Wall. Most impressive: A Japanese UPF member crossed the USA on foot in less than 90 days.
The audience was then encouraged to get involved in local activities like the monthly “Silence for Peace” or the annual “Prayers of the Religions”, organized by activists of different religions.
Musical contributions from various countries, selected texts and poems based on the motto of the Peace Day provided for much hope and also for a lot of fun.
After the official part there was a lively exchange among the audience from many European countries, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia, showing clearly that “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” was a matter close to everyone’s heart.
Please note: The Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) and also the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) are NGOs with consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).