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Dialogue & Alliance: Religion, Peace and Sustainable Development

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New York, USA—The latest issue of Dialogue & Alliance, a journal of UPF, is now available online. The theme of this issue is “Religion, Peace and Sustainable Development”

The articles featured in this issue of Dialogue and Alliance are an outgrowth of the 3rd World Summit on “Peace, Security and Human Development” which was convened on August 27 to 31, 2015, in Seoul, Korea, co-sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the Sunhak Peace Prize Committee, established to award individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions toward a sustainable and lasting peace.

Among the major topics addressed was the role of religion in promoting peace, security and human development. Religions and faith-based organizations and NGOs have an important role to play in peacemaking and resolving conflict. The three Abrahamic faiths, along with the Indian and East Asian religions, promote tolerance, coexistence and peacemaking. Past examples of mediation by religious leaders include: the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, Pope John Paul II’s interventions in Lebanon, Poland and Haiti; Buddhist leaders in Cambodia; and the churches and synagogues that were mobilized a generation ago over the situations in Biafra and Darfur. Track II diplomacy, which emphasizes “soft power” solutions, offers a viable complement to the use of “hard power” (political, economic, military) to sustain lasting peace.

To view the table of contents, please see below.



Dialogue & Alliance
Vol. 29, Winter 2015
Religion, Peace and Sustainable Development


Religion and Peace

Overcoming Challenges Facing East Asia
Hon. Jose De Venecia, Jr., Chair, International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP), Philippines

Indonesia: A Model of Moderate Islam
Hon. Alwi Shihab, Special Envoy of the President to the Middle East and to the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, Indonesia

Buddhism and Peace
Ven. Dr. Bellanwila Wimalaratana, Chancellor, Sri Jayawardenapura University, Sri Lanka

The Role of Religious Studies in Peacemaking
Prof. Dr. Marco Frenschkowski, University of Leipzig, Germany

 Climate Change and Food Security

Climate Change – The Biggest Security Threat Facing Humanity
H.E. Anote Tong, President, Kiribati

Commentary on President Tong’s Speech
Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, Deputy Prime Minister, Tonga

Food Security and Peace
Dr. Modadugu Vijay Gupta, Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate and fisheries scientist, India

Commentary on Dr. Gupta’s Speech
Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, Minister of Peace and Reconstruction, Nepal

Women, Family and Peace

Gender and Peace
Mrs. Judith Karp, Former Deputy Attorney General, Israel

Women, The Family and Peace
Adi Koila Mara Nailatikau, First Lady, Fiji

Women, The Family and Peace
Dr. Rima Salah, Member, UN Secretary General High Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, USA

 Challenges Facing Europe and the Middle East

The Challenges of Diversity: Ethnics and Religious
Dr. Doudou Diène, Former UN Rapporteur on the Middle East, France

Twenty-first Century Economics: A New Model
Prof. Tihomir Domazet, President, Croatian Institute of Finance and Accounting, Croatia

Perspectives on Peace and Human Development: Challenges Facing Europe
Hon. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges, Former President of Parliament, Luxembourg

A Proposal for Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Hon. Hilik Bar, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, Israel

The Refugee Crisis in Europe
H.E. Antonio Miloshoski, Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, Macedonia

Titus Bright Nsubuga

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