France: International Day of Peace

 

By Jean-François Moulinet, UPF France

 

Paris

On the International Day of Peace, the French chapters of UPF and WFWP organized an evening program on the theme given by the United Nations “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All”, in the Paris Education Center “Espace Barrault” on September 21, 2017.

The moderator, Brigitte WADA, president of WFWP-France, gave some remarks on the meaning of Together for peace and reminded the audience that without unity based on universal values and an unselfish life, peace will not be able to come. She quoted a famous sentence from Dr Hak Jan Han Moon, founder of WFWP International: “History is calling for reconciliation, compassion, love, service and sacrifice. Today ‘s problems cannot be solved by the logic of power… Our present problems can only be solved by the logic of Love”.

Ms. Wada introduced the first speaker, Ms. Lama AL ATASSI, Franco-Syrian, consultant in intercultural relations and a human rights activist. She shared in a very touching and moving way about her own life experience, when at the age of nine, she and her family had to flee the Syrian regime to settle in Algeria and then in France. She mentioned that in Western countries like France, refugees can find security by having access to social support, but lose their dignity at the same time.

After this first presentation, Mrs. WADA opened the floor for a question and answer session, comments or sharing experience. Among the participants there were Women leaders, two religious leaders including Cheikh Abdelkader ACHOUR, imam of the Omar Mosque in Paris’ 11th district and Father Michel ANGLARES, a Catholic theologian and Mr. Edmond JOUVE, a professor and expert in political science. Mr JOUVE is one of the rare French Academics to have until today relationships with North Korea. In fact, he went several times to North Korea. He explained the actual situation of North Korea and peace security.

After Mr. Alain RAULOT sang the song: Make me a channel of your peace. We concluded the program with Mr. Jean François MOULINET, president of Unification Movement in France who introduced a short video about the project of Pe

Lyon

On September 20, 2017, around ten leaders of local NGOs met at the Espace Culture & Paix in Lyon, in order to celebrate this year’s International Day of Peace.

Mr. Jean-Paul Chaudy, president of ELAP presented five core values of Peace Ambassadors. Mr. Christopher Kamamba of the Espace Culture & Paix presented the Peace Road project.

Mr. Jacques Lyant, secretary of ANAN and member of AFRICA 50 spoke about the life of the Nomadic Fula People in Western and Central Africa. He received the Ambassador for Peace Award at the occasion. He has worked 34 years in the fields of education and conciliation in Africa. He prepares now to go to Colombia, country which recently signed peace treaties. There, he will represent our region in an event linked to the celebration of the year France-Colombia.

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