Creating a World of Peace - The Thought and Works of Sun Myung Moon by Joon Ho Seuk
Volume 1 - The Life and Teachings of Reverend Sun Myung Moon [Part 15 / 20]
14. Universal Peace Federation
On September 12, 2005, Reverend Moon founded the Universal Peace Federation (Peace Federation) as a global alliance of religious, academic, political and civic leaders and organizations joined together to promote peace, that is, a unified world in which all people live together in harmony, cooperation and co-prosperity.
The Peace Federation provides a mechanism for cooperative peace-building efforts among governmental, religious, cultural, education and civil society representatives, all working together with mutual respect and a shared commitment to cooperation and good governance. In explaining the purpose of the Peace Federation, Reverend Moon again cited the ineffectiveness of the United Nations as an organization that can sufficiently address the root causes of conflict:
The founding vision of the Peace Federation is rooted in the belief that humanity is one global family under God, called to live in accordance with core, universal principles. The Federation's literature notes that, "As instructed by the teachings of the great religions, we derive our existence from a common origin and we share a common purpose and destiny. That destiny is peace."
Universal Peace Federation
From "God's Ideal Family - the Model for World Peace," Inaugural Convocation of the Universal Peace Federation Keynote Address, Lincoln Center, New York, NY, September 12, 2005.
The 20th century was a period of ceaseless struggle, including wars for colonial dominion, the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and the Cold War. Living through this era, I dedicated my life entirely to the accomplishment of God's ideal of peace.
I have always prayed sincerely that the United Nations, founded after the Second World War, would be an institution of peace, and that it would uphold God's will for the realization of eternal world peace.
The United Nations has made important contributions for peace. Nevertheless, at its 60th anniversary there is a broad consensus, both inside and outside the organization, that the U.N. has yet to discover the way to fulfill its founding purposes.
The number of member states approaches 200, but the offices of these states do little more than represent and even insist on their own interests. They seem inherently unable to resolve conflicts and achieve peace.
For these reasons, I declare today before all humanity the founding of a new international organization, the Universal Peace Federation.
Its mission is to renew the existing United Nations and provide a new level of leadership as an "Abel-type" United Nations, that is, a United Nations whose efforts for peace are offered to Heaven, investing itself ceaselessly in living for the sake of others.