Mrs. Kathy Rigney, Chair, UPF Africa Mrs. Kathy Rigney, Chair, UPF Africa

Mrs. Kathy Rigney serves as the Chair of UPF-Africa. She was sent by Rev. Sun Myung Moon to West Africa in 1975 and has devoted most of her life since then to the people of Africa. Her prime activity is to teach the peacebuilding principles of UPF, and offer a new vision for peace and human development. She received an honorary doctorate degree from the New Covenant International University and Theological Seminary, USA honoring her work for a culture of peace, universal values, character education, and service to humanity.

Excellencies Ladies and Gentlemen, Heads of State and Government, Presidents of National Assemblies and Honorable Parliamentarians, Women Leaders, Religious Leaders, Media Managers, Academics, Business Leaders,

It is a great honor for me to welcome you all to this first ILC 2020 International Webinar Leadership Conference of the Universal Peace Federation being held in partnership with UPF Europe and the Middle East and of course, Africa.

Allow me to convey to you warm greetings from the Founder of the Universal Peace Federation, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon. She thanks you for your positive response to this providential call.

Indeed, the Universal Peace Federation and its global network of Ambassadors for Peace bring universal, spiritual principles and a new vision to the tasks of solving the world’s crises, resolving conflicts and reconciling the divided human family centered on the vision of One Family under God. The International Leadership Conference series focuses on the urgent need for a new vision and moral leadership. We will focus on the challenges of our time with the topic: ‘’Opportunity and Hope at a time of Global Crisis”.

I thank, in particular, Dr. Thomas Walsh, Chairman of UPF International, who was the guiding force for this program and skillfully brought together all the international coordinators of the UPF.

I am very delighted and filled with hope to see that this first ILC 2020 virtual conference will witness, at its opening, the presence of two Chairmen of the main UPF Associations, the International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP) and the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP).

They are respectively His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chairman of ISCP Africa and His Excellency Professor Dioncounda Traore, former President of the Republic of Mali.

Their commitment and willing response to Mother Moon’s appeal have greatly contributed to UPF’s achieving unprecedented growth in our outreach to the Leaders of our modern world.

I would also like to welcome the presence of Dr. Werner Fasslabend, former Minister of Defense of Austria, who was also of great help to UPF in the European Region.

This online Conference ILC 2020 will serve as a framework for a collective moral leap and the global mobilization of human consciousness, in order to respond to Mother Moon's urgent call and to support her many initiatives and programs for the promotion of a World Community Holy and United working towards Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values ​​centered on God, the Creator.

I have no doubts that this ILC webinar will open the door to a broad understanding of Mother Moon's vision of peace and human development. It will also prepare us for another big meeting which is the second big Rally of Hope on September 27, 2020.

I wish you success in the ILC 2020 Webinar.

Thank you.

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