Mr. Tageldin Hamad, Vice President and Director of Office of UN Relations, UPF International; IAPD International Coordinator
Mr. Tageldin Hamad is the Vice-President of UPF International and Director of the UPF Office for UN and International Affairs. He is also Secretary General of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO). Previously, he served as Secretary of the Executive Committee of DPI-NGOs at the United Nations, and Organizing Chair for the Summit of World Muslim Leaders conferences held in Jakarta and London. Dr. Hamad is the Global Vice President of Sun Moon University.
Peace, Shalom and Salam Alaikum from New York.
Special Appreciation and greetings to the distinguished speakers
I pray and hope you and your family are healthy and safe in this challenging time. Our heart goes out to those who are suffering as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, and other global calamities. We remember today those who lost their lives on September 11 because of terrorism.
Father and Mother Moon founded many organizations to contribute for the establishment of world peace, from the individual level, to the worldwide level.
Building on decades of Interreligious conferences and dialogues held worldwide by UPF, and several of their organizations, Mother Moon founded, as a project of UPF, the Interreligious Association for Peace and development.
IAPD was inaugurated in Korea on November 13, 2017. In 2018, inaugural conventions were held on six continents around the world. over 23,000 religious leaders participated in IAPD events held in 93 nations.
IAPD assembled global religious leaders and tapped into the profound wisdom found in humanity’s spiritual heritage. Religious leaders and faith-based organizations provide the moral compass to deal with the social problems in contemporary society – racism and exploitation, crime, hunger, terrorism, the environment, and more.
IAPD harnesses the goodwill and wisdom of the religions who are called to play a unique and essential role in bringing about a world of lasting peace, a world in which people of all nationalities, ethnicities, races, cultures and worldviews are called to live together in mutual respect, harmony and cooperation. A world that the founders of UPF call “Heavenly Parent’s Holy community”.
Peace is the hope for all ages, but it seems to be so distant, even now. Peace is a magical word. Peace is emotional, it is like love; you have to live for the sake of the other.
Of course, peace should start with me by living for the sake of others in my family, community, society, nation and ultimately the world. On the other hand, religion has an important role to play in promoting and contributing to peace and human development. The great religions have been the foundation of ethics, culture, and civilization throughout the ages. Although interreligious and intrareligious conflict are prevalent in the world, we cannot fail to acknowledge the great contributions of religion, and at the same time repent for the mistakes and damage done in the name of religion.
Interreligious dialogue is important, but even more important is to move beyond dialogue to working together. Religious leaders need to work in partnership with each other and with governments and all other stakeholders. They are collaborators, not competitors. The "Other," is not the enemy, the enemy now is COVID-19, which divided the world, separated people, and created insecurities, fear and loneliness.
IAPD is needed at this time to bring oneness, compassion, comfort, and security. While nations are individually racing to find a vaccine for COVID-19, IAPD could help nations to race towards unity, togetherness, and love, the ultimate vaccine for all ills. It must be emphasized that by connecting and working together we can overcome this crisis of Covid-19, and rightfully any other crises we may face in the future.
The combined contributions of all religions will once again make religion relevant in the daily affairs of humankind.
The wisdom of all religions is needed in all multilateral institutions, especially at the United Nations, where God, the “Origin of Peace” is rarely mentioned or called to help create the peace that the UN was originally created to achieve.
- Such is a good opportunity for IAPD to work in partnership with the UN. After all the role of religious leaders is to be peacebuilder, peacemaker, and peace giver.
- Moreover, for this partnership to succeed, women and youth must be included as very important partners
- My friend Ambassador Chowdhury, former UN Assistant Secretary General, said, “there is no peace without development, and there is no development without peace”. Most importantly, there is no peace or development without women and youth.
A wise person once said:
''Alone I can 'Say' but, together we can 'talk'.
'Alone I can 'Enjoy' but together, we can 'Celebrate'.
'Alone I can 'Smile' but together, we can 'Laugh'
Let us talk, celebrate, and laugh while building peace, and developing loving relationships.
We applaud Mother Moon for her loving, embracing heart, and fondly we remember father MOON who still lives in our hearts.
I wish UPF a very Happy, productive and meaningful 15th Anniversary.