From February 3 to 8, World Summit 2020 was held in Seoul, Korea. It was the largest event held by UPF since its establishment in 2005.
Former and current heads of state, parliamentarians, religious leaders, media professionals, academics and businesspeople gathered for an intense five-day program involving conferences, academic symposia, a youth rally, top-class artistic performances—and a lot of networking.
The summit coincided with the celebration of UPF co-founder Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon’s 100th birthday. For his wife, UPF co-founder Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, it was the culmination of a seven-year course since the passing of her husband, during which she has endeavored to carry forward his vision for world peace.
In Seoul, each world region’s delegation was assigned to its own hotel. The delegation from Europe and the Middle East comprised more than 400 participants from 55 nations, including 14 former heads of state and government. To overcome all the logistical challenges and to care for so many dignitaries, 500 young volunteers were mobilized.
I would like to express my gratitude to all our participants who came to Korea. Your presence confirmed that peace is an ideal that is shared by many and is worth striving for.
Dr. Katsumi Otsuka, Chairman, UPF Europe and Middle East