The Words of the Moon Family
Chung Pyung, Korea -- The founders of UPF, Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon called for a new era of women's leadership for peace during an assembly hosted by the Women's Federation for World Peace International (WFWPI) in the Cheongshim Peace World Center in South Korea on July 16, 2012.
The UPF founders proposed that there is a need for a body of world NGO leaders whose collective wisdom and judgment can complement the deliberation of the United Nations, which is a body of governments and which is also overwhelmingly male. The new consultative body will promote healing and peace-building through reconciliation, forgiveness, love and embracing people beyond boundaries of race, religion, nationality, and language.
Dr. Lan Young Moon, president of WFWPI and the Master of Ceremonies for the event, offered introductory remarks at the assembly of approximately 12,000 people. After the introduction of various distinguished guests and international representatives, Ms. Carolyn Handschin, WFWPI-Europe, gave a progress report, and Ms. Tetsuko Kuboki, WFWPI-Japan, offered welcoming remarks. "I think it is very meaningful that women of the world join hands, making a network of peace," she said.
Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, president of UPF International, said in his congratulatory remarks, "The Pacific era and the women's era are rising together. As the UN was led by men in the Atlantic era of Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, this important women's initiative reflects a new way of thinking." A video presentation preceded the entrance of Rev. and Mrs. Moon, who were welcomed with floral presentations by Prof. Yeon Ah Choi, vice president of WFWPI, and Ms. Angelika Selle, WFWPI-USA.
During his keynote address, Rev. Moon said that the women's group should make new links between "governments, organizations and individuals from the whole world." He encouraged it to place priority on educating about universal values, strengthening families, and serving others. After the keynote speech, he and his wife rang a gong celebrating the occasion.