WASHINGTON, May 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 20 current and
former heads of state and 50 international congressional and parliamentary
leaders are among the more than 300 delegates of the International
Leadership Conference gathered in Washington DC to discuss "American
Leadership in a Time of Global Crisis." The conference, jointly hosted by
the Universal Peace Federation and The Washington Times Foundation, are
also among the guests of honor celebrating The Washington Times' 25th
anniversary celebrations May 17, an event featuring the UPF Founder Rev.
Dr. Sun Myung Moon, George H. Bush, 41st President of the United States,
and more than 1400 other dignitaries.
The conference was opened by H.E. Dr. Musa Bin Jaafar Bin Hassan,
President of the 33rd Session of the UNESCO General Conference, who echoed
the theme that the media has a strong role to play in making peace. "We
have a duty to teach our children the traditions and the wisdoms of
cultures other than our own," he said, "and The Washington Times has set a
good example by its focus on faith and family." Hassan, a Muslim from Oman,
modeled his own advice by ending his remarks with a quote not from the
Qur'an but from the teachings of the Buddha.
"We want to encourage The Washington Times to more strongly include
Africa in its strategic international coverage," said Dr. Ernest Shonekan,
former President of Nigeria. " The media has a powerful role to play in
promoting good governance.
The Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Jordan, H.E. Falak Suliman
Jamani, spoke of her country's determination to play a leading role in the
quest for peace in the Middle East. "We believe that it is urgent that
moderate powers and figures, as well as civil society institutions should
encourage Israel and the West to consolidate the peace campaign," she said.
"At the same time we should focus on the anti-peace camp, which aims at
undermining peace efforts." Through the Middle East Peace Initiative, the
UPF has brought over 14,000 international peace delegates to 19 programs in
Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon.
Dr. Gregory Stanton, president of Genocide Watch, spoke of the need for
religious people to work together to overcome attempts to wipe out ethnic
groups. "Genocide is a spiritual problem," he says, "because it denies the
oneness of the human family." He called religious communities to promote
dialogue and mutual trust, demand international intervention and protect
Dr. Douglas M. Johnston, founder of the International Center for
Religion and Diplomacy, spoke on diplomacy via religion. "The West has
little ability to deal with differences in religion in a hostile setting,"
he said. He attributed this to the exclusion of religion from the political
calculus in the US and suggested faith-based diplomacy as the way to bridge
this gap, capitalizing on the ability of religious leaders and institutions
to build trust and transcend differences.
Dr. Hyun Jin Moon, the president of The Washington Times Foundation,
said that the challenge facing all humanity today is whether we will heed
the voices of extremism that ask us to see each other as strangers, or make
effort to know each other as intimate family members. "That is the
measure of true friendship," he said "that we say someone is my brother, my
Despite its problems, America is still the nation best equipped to
bring change, he said. "This nation is in a way the first experiment in
interfaith, the first nation dedicated to the principle of freedom of faith
for people of all religions," he said, "but it must move on from the idea
of one nation under God to one family under God."
The founder of the Universal Peace Federation and The Washington Times,
Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon will speak on the significance of the Pacific Rim
Era and humanity's quest for peace at The Washington Times Anniversary
celebrations at the National Building Museum this evening.
For more information: Michael Balcomb, Communications Officer,
Universal Peace Federation, firstname.lastname@example.org, (914) 373 9671
Web site: http://www.upf.org
SOURCE Universal Peace Federation