UPF Europe Newsletter September 2019

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2019 International Symposium in Berlin

30 Years of German Re-Unification and the Vision of a New United Korea.

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UPF Delegation Meets with Pope Francis at Vatican

Vatican City—A delegation from UPF International had a private meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis at the pope's office in the Vatican.

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Portuguese Delegation Joins Africa Summit

São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe—A group representing UPF-Portugal took part in a summit of political and religious representatives from 27 African countries.

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United Nations

Kosovo Conference Discusses Balkan Peace

Pristina, Kosovo—A two-day conference held in Kosovo’s parliament envisioned a peaceful future for the Balkan Peninsula.

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Balkans ‘Peace Road’ Revisits a Painful Past

Vienna, Austria—UPF, together with its affiliated organizations, joined a Bosnian women’s group on a Peace Road trip through Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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A Seaside Retreat to Study the UPF Vision

Bergen aan Zee, Netherlands—The third seminar on the UPF Vision and Peace Principles drew 40 participants from 10 nations.

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Israel and San Marino Girls Play Football for Peace

San Marino, San Marino—An interfaith group of teenage girls from Israel joined local players in a Football for Peace tournament.

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Peace Road Event Is Held in Prague

Prague, Czech Republic—Thirty-five UPF supporters took part in the 2019 Peace Road event, walking and bicycling a total of 40 kilometers.

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Denmark Peace Road Event Has Ocean Theme

Copenhagen, Denmark—The theme of the 2019 Peace Road event held by UPF-Denmark was “The Ocean in the Service of Peace.”

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Portuguese Peace Road Leads to the Ocean

Lisbon, Portugal—Thirty-five youth and children and 10 adults took part in a Peace Road event that led them to the Atlantic Ocean.

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Peace Road Event Takes Place in Finland

Helsinki, Finland—Starting at the spiritual center of Finland, UPF supporters held a Peace Road walking event through the center of Helsinki.

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Ukrainian Peace Road Leads into Poland

Kyiv, Ukraine—A Peace Road event traveled from Kyiv, Ukraine, to the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.

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Young Achievers Honored in Houses of Parliament

Twenty young men and women received the UPF Youth Achievement Award for outstanding efforts in service and volunteering.

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Discussion Focuses on Afghanistan’s Potential

Vienna, Austria—UPF co-sponsored a roundtable discussion titled “Economic Potentials and Opportunities in Afghanistan.”

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Peace Road Held in Upper Austria

Ternberg, Austria—Three communities took part in a Peace Road event organized by UPF of Upper Austria together with community officials.

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Expert opinions

German Unification: Problems, Opposition, and Realization

Excerpts from Dr. Claus J. Duisberg’s keynote speech at the International Symposium entitled “30 Years of German Re-Unification and the Vision of a New Unified Korea” held in Berlin on June 21, 2019.

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