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Excellencies, respected members of Parliament, Religious Leaders, Ambassadors for Peace and ladies and gentlemen!

Representing the Universal Peace Federation of Europe and the Middle East, I wish to express my deepest appreciation to all of you for participating in this International Leadership Conference in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria. I am very happy to host many guests from over 40 nations across Europe and the Middle East. Additionally, we welcome international guests including current and former Members of Parliament of nations from Japan, Korea, United States of America, Nepal, Zimbabwe and Fiji.

UPF was founded in 2005 by Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and his wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, with the vision to organize a Global Council of leaders from various fields. UPF was designed as an organization to support the peace-building work of the United Nations. The vision of UPF is deeply rooted in the understanding of inter-religious, inter-national, and inter-cultural cooperation.

In this critical time of history, we need to work together for World Peace and Human Development with the spirit of “living for the sake of others.” It is my greatest joy and honor to move forward together with you to achieve this goal.

I would like to end my greeting here, expressing again my special gratitude to you (all the participants) for supporting UPF, ILC, and the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development Inauguration events. May this conference be fruitful and meaningful for us all.                

Thank you very much.

Dr. Katsumi Otsuka

Author: Dr. Katsumi Otsuka

Chair, UPF Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East

Dr. Otsuka is a citizen of Japan. He holds a degree in philosophy from Kanazawa University and graduated from the Unification Theological Seminary in the United States. As president of the Japanese branch of the student movement World-CARP, he organized several world conventions and initiated solidarity meetings among students and youth from Japan, Korea, Russia and China in the 1980s and 1990s. He served as president of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification in Japan, as president of the Corporation for Building the Japan-Korea Tunnel, and as the leader of numerous other organizations, focusing notably on the reunification of the Korean Peninsula. He has served in top leadership and educational positions in South America, Eurasia and Africa. He is currently the Chair of the Universal Peace Federation in Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East.