Moon, King Address Universal Peace Federation Assembly 2007

23 Sep, 2007, 01:00 ET from Universal Peace Federation

    NEW YORK, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Martin Luther King III,
 the eldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., today appealed to more 400
 leaders of the Universal Peace Federation gathered in New York City to make
 a new commitment to fulfilling the humanitarian promises of the United
 Nations, especially the Millennium Development Goals. The UPF, founded by
 Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon in 2005, is an international network of individuals
 and organizations dedicated to peace.
     "History will judge our generation," King said, recalling the words of
 his father, "not by whether we did what was popular or safe, but whether we
 did what is right." King said that the tools of faith and non-violent
 action, so successful in his father's civil rights campaign, could also
 prove effective in reaching the UN Millennium Development Goals, which are
 aimed at solving the urgent problems facing the world's children, including
 hunger, disease and the need for education for all.
     "As my father often said, the question is not whether we have the
 technology or the ability, but whether we have the will and the heart,"
 King said. "I believe we can do most anything with faith."
     King was joined by other experts in the field of service. Mr. Paula
 Sototu, the director of Habitat for Humanity in Fiji and a long time senior
 Fijian diplomat, said that it was not enough for the wealthy and developed
 nations to simply offer foreign aid as a 'hand-down" to poorer nations. "It
 is important to form partnerships with equal dignity for all parties," he
 said.
     Rev. Mark Farr, director of Faith and Service at the Points of Light
 Foundation, founded by former President George Herbert Bush, challenged the
 audience to think of the MDGs as a spiritual problem, not simply a
 humanitarian matter. "We in the West are used to think of our work as
 helping those in the need solve their problems," he said. "But in fact the
 problem starts here at home. It is our moral failure that has created the
 need for the MDGs. It is not just the task of some government agency, but
 it is our task. We are the solution."
     Rev. Moon addresses the UPF General Assembly this evening on the topic
 of "The United States and the Future Direction of the United Nations and
 the World." More than 1200 people will represent all 190 nations present at
 the UN. Letters of support from Heads of State from many nations will be
 read, as well as messages of support from local political leaders including
 Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and from religious leaders, NGO directors
 and other others.
 
 

SOURCE Universal Peace Federation
    NEW YORK, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Martin Luther King III,
 the eldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., today appealed to more 400
 leaders of the Universal Peace Federation gathered in New York City to make
 a new commitment to fulfilling the humanitarian promises of the United
 Nations, especially the Millennium Development Goals. The UPF, founded by
 Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon in 2005, is an international network of individuals
 and organizations dedicated to peace.
     "History will judge our generation," King said, recalling the words of
 his father, "not by whether we did what was popular or safe, but whether we
 did what is right." King said that the tools of faith and non-violent
 action, so successful in his father's civil rights campaign, could also
 prove effective in reaching the UN Millennium Development Goals, which are
 aimed at solving the urgent problems facing the world's children, including
 hunger, disease and the need for education for all.
     "As my father often said, the question is not whether we have the
 technology or the ability, but whether we have the will and the heart,"
 King said. "I believe we can do most anything with faith."
     King was joined by other experts in the field of service. Mr. Paula
 Sototu, the director of Habitat for Humanity in Fiji and a long time senior
 Fijian diplomat, said that it was not enough for the wealthy and developed
 nations to simply offer foreign aid as a 'hand-down" to poorer nations. "It
 is important to form partnerships with equal dignity for all parties," he
 said.
     Rev. Mark Farr, director of Faith and Service at the Points of Light
 Foundation, founded by former President George Herbert Bush, challenged the
 audience to think of the MDGs as a spiritual problem, not simply a
 humanitarian matter. "We in the West are used to think of our work as
 helping those in the need solve their problems," he said. "But in fact the
 problem starts here at home. It is our moral failure that has created the
 need for the MDGs. It is not just the task of some government agency, but
 it is our task. We are the solution."
     Rev. Moon addresses the UPF General Assembly this evening on the topic
 of "The United States and the Future Direction of the United Nations and
 the World." More than 1200 people will represent all 190 nations present at
 the UN. Letters of support from Heads of State from many nations will be
 read, as well as messages of support from local political leaders including
 Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and from religious leaders, NGO directors
 and other others.
 
 SOURCE Universal Peace Federation