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Dialogue & Alliance: Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values

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New York, USA—The 2018 double issue of Dialogue & Alliance, a journal of UPF, is now available. The theme of this issue is “Voices for Peace.”

This issue of Dialogue and Alliance features articles that are drawn from presentations delivered at three separate conferences sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation in 2018, and which in various ways address the theme of “Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values.” This theme has been highlighted in both the International Leadership Conference series of UPF and in the World Summit series, both of which are flagship programs of the UPF. In addition, this theme has been accented in the work of two program areas of the UPF, namely, the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) and the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD), both of which organizations are committed to promoting dialogue, collaboration, mutual respect and cooperation for peace and development among the members of the whole human family. 

The first set of articles were initially presented during an International Leadership Conference in April of 2018, at which time the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development for UPF’s Europe and Middle East Region was inaugurated, in Vienna, Austria. UPF advocates and promotes not only interreligious dialogue and cooperation, but extends that moral and spiritual vision to include persons from other sectors, guided by a principle that a wide, multi-sectoral dialogue is required if we are to bring an end to conflict, promote the sustainable development goals, and achieve peace.

The second set of articles were presented in Seoul, Korea, again at an International Leadership Conference that included delegates from both the IAPP and the IAPD, and which took place in August 2018. A particular focus of this ILC program was peace and security on the Korean peninsula, a part of the work that impacts not only Northeast Asia, but the entire Asian region and the world. The contributors to this section promote the principles of dialogue and collaboration, and soft-power approaches to peace and development. 

The final set of articles draws from a special program of the Interreligious Association of Peace and Development, convened in New York in November of 2018. More than 300 religious leaders were present, representing a wide range of religious traditions and perspectives. This meeting marked the inauguration of the IAPD North America, and included not only scholarly presentations but also interfaith prayer, meditation and scripture readings that brought a heightened sense of the common ground that we all share as we work together for peace. 

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Dialogue & Alliance
Vol. 33 No. 1, Summer 2019
Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values




Essays from the International Leadership Conference
Vienna, Austria • April 28-30, 2018

Freedom of Faith a ‘Litmus Test’ for All Human Rights
Dr. Jan Figel, European Union Special Envoy, Promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief outside the EU

Toward Common Ground
Prof. Viggo Mortensen, Professor Emeritus in Systematic Theology, University of Aarhus, Denmark

Freedom of Religion and Its Role in the Promotion of Peace
Dr. Raffaela Di Marzio, Founder and Director, Center for Studies on Freedom of Religion, Belief and Conscience (LIREC), Italy

Establishing a True Culture of Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universally Shared Values
Prof. Yeon Ah Moon, Chairperson, Universal Peace Federation-Korea

The Role of Parliamentarians in Strengthening Interreligious Harmony
Prof. Dr. Vasilika Hysi, Vice-Speaker of the Parliament, Albania

Equality and Peace
Ms. Tahirih Danesh, Senior Program Consultant, Ward and Brown Foundation, United Kingdom

The Responsibility of Religious Leaders
Archbishop Dr. Johanes Ndanga, Founder and Director, Pentecostal Church of Christ International, Zimbabwe

Essays from the International Leadership Conference
Seoul, Korea • August 26-29, 2018

Strengthening the Alliance for Peace: Korea, Japan and the United States
Hon. Kiyoshi Ejima, Member of the House of Councilors, Japan

Fast-Moving Possibilities for Peace in the Two Koreas
Hon. Jose de Venecia, Jr., Co-Chair of IAPP, Special Envoy of the Philippine President to APEC and for Intercultural Dialogue, Founding Chairman, ICAPP Philippines

Inter-Parliamentary Dialogue for Peace
Hon. Andrei N. Svintsov, Deputy Chairman, State Duma Committee, Russia

Peace, Development and the Role of Religious Leaders
Mr. Jatinder Birdi, Chairperson, Warwick District Faiths Forum, United Kingdom

Toward Collaboration between Religious Leaders and Political Leaders
Prof. Dr. Jimly Asshiddiqie, Chairman, Indonesian Community of Muslim Intellectuals (ICMI), Indonesia

The Responsibility of Religious Leaders and Political Leaders
Rev. Yoshinobu Miyake, Shinto Priest and Scholar, Japan

All Problems Have Solutions
Hon. Shyam Jaju, National Vice President, Bharatiya Janata Party, Indian Hindu National Party, India

The Need of the Hour
Hon. Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana, Member of Parliament, Sri Lanka

Essays from the Interreligious Association of Peace and Development Convocation
New York, United States • November 10-13, 2018

IAPD Resolution

Confronting Challenges with Faith, Hope and Love
Mrs. Vicki Tiahrt, Co-founder, American Prayer Initiative, United States

Shared Values of Humanity
Amb. Isaiah Zimba Chabala, Former Ambassador of Zambia to the United Nations and the European Union

God Created Us to Be Human
Imam Souleimane Konaté, Imam, Aqsa Mosque, Harlem, New York, United States

The Family as an Instrument of Peace
Mrs. Lynn Walsh, Director, Office of Marriage and Family, UPF International

Keep Hope Alive
Rev. Alma Faye McDonnell, Faith Leader, Wealthy Place Ministries Church of God in Christ, Las Vegas, United States

The Family in African Perspective
Dr. Kani Diop, CEO, African Women Global Initiatives; Adjunct Faculty Member, Montclair State University, United States

Working Together With Mutual Respect
Mr. Ryan Koch, Director, Public and International Affairs, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), United States

Universal Values
Ms. Nadia Hassan, Executive Director, Young Leaders Institute, United States

Toward Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula
Dr. Alexandre Mansourov, Adjunct Professor of Security Studies, Georgetown University and Professor of Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins University, United States

Four Pillars of Peace
Hon. Todd Tiahrt, Congressman, US. House of Representatives, Kansas, (1995-2011), United States

Now Is the Time for Action
Cardinal Kelvin Felix, Cardinal, Roman Catholic Church, Dominica

The Spiritual Principles of Unity
Bishop Don D. Meares, Senior Pastor of Evangel Cathedral in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States

A Proposal for Peace

Scientific Framework for World Transformation
Dr. Pradeep B. Deshpande, President and CEO, Six Sigma and Advanced Controls, Louisville, Kentucky, United States


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