Unification News for August 2004

National IIFWP Conference in Guatemala

by Chung Hee Bessell

A new era has dawned. On the May 5th 2004, the founders of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP), Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dra. Hak Ja Han Moon, declared the "Era of the new Millennium". According to this, now is a time of great changes and development for the entire world. A time in which peace will be established as the whole world unites as one global family.

With the purpose of declaring this new era on a national level, the VI National Conference of the IIFWP was held on the 11th of June in the Peace Embassy of Guatemala. The event was the result of a united effort of the IIFWP and the weekly Newspaper Tiempos del Mundo (TDM)as sponsors.

More than 40 representatives of several Embassies, the Guatemalan Congress, the Media and diverse NGO's, as well as numerous community, religious and political leaders came together to participate in and contribute to this historic event.

Mrs. Catalina Soberanis Reyes, president of IIFWP Guatemala and former President of the Guatemalan Congress, and Mr. Katsumi Kambashi, General Manager of TDM in Guatemala, welcomed the participants and gave an introduction to the event.

The program continued through several sessions, dealing with diverse subjects. Such as: "Access to Information as a Tool for Transparence and for Strengthening Democracy", "Adjusting Taxes and the responsible role of Rulers and the People" and "The Geo-political Constellation of the World and the Process of Change", by Lic. Roberto E. Landaverry, Lic. Jos?Guillermo Garcia Fuentes and Rev. Gerhard Bessell as experts in the respective fields. The speech "God's Fatherland and the Peace Kingdom", given by Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the IIFWP on the first of May this year, was read as highlight of the Conference.

The participants could also participate actively in the different sessions through Questions and Answers by the presenters. There were also talks by special guests, such as a representative of the Embassy of Venezuela and the national representative of WANGO (World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations).

At the conclusion of the event four new Peace Ambassadors were recognized. Peace Ambassadors are leaders who understand the Vision of the IIFWP and its founders and who, through their lifestyle, are examples of living for the sake of others and establishing strong families. Ambassadors for peace thereby are an essential part of overcoming religious, national, and racial conflict.

Adjusting our nation starts with ourselves and therefore concerns every single one of us. This conference has been a valuable step to bringing about a "Peaceful and Unified Nation".

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