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"New Africa: Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity, Universal Values" is a Special Report prepared by The Washington Times' Special Sections Department.

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A call for 'interdependence, mutual prosperity and universal values' in Africa

In 2018, hundreds of public officials and local leaders of African organizations joined with the United Nations-based Universal Peace Federation (UPF) to promote the theme of harmony, universal values and mutual prosperity at events held in the countries of Senegal, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

'Africa is a blessed continent'

The following is excerpted from remarks given at the First Africa Summit for Peace, Security and Sustainable Development in Dakar, Senegal, on Jan. 18, 2018.

Constructive steps in the quest for peace in Africa

The First Africa Summit for Peace, Security and Sustainable Development, held in Dakar, Senegal, Jan. 18-19, 2018, showcased the theme of "New Africa: Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values."

Cheikh Mansour Diouf, President, Africa Summit 2018 Steering Committee, addresses the audience Jan. 18, 2018. Seated (left to right) Universal Peace Federation co-founder Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, Senegal President H.E. Macky Sall and UPF International Chairman Dr. Thomas G. Walsh. (Photo credit: UPF-International)

'I believe in this new Africa'

The following is excerpted from remarks to the First Africa Summit for Peace, Security and Sustainable Development in Dakar, Senegal, on Jan. 18, 2018.

Clergy from several faiths, joined by Universal Peace Federation International Chairman Thomas G. Walsh (fourth from right), stressed interfaith cooperation as part of the solution to benefit Africa's families, communities and culture. (Photo credit: UPF-International)

Africa's future: 'To serve humanity and amaze the world'

The two-day First Africa Summit for Peace, Security and Sustainable Development, held in Dakar, Senegal, in January 2018, attracted some 1,200 participants and more than 100 speakers.

On Gore Island, a prayer for freedom

With profound sorrow for the centuries of human suffering caused by the enslavement of millions of African people, Universal Peace Federation co-founder Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon traveled to Gore Island, off the coast of Senegal, to pray for liberation and emergence of a new, heavenly Africa.

Tens of thousands attend Peace and Family Festival in Zimbabwe capital

Some 50,000 people participated in the Peace and Family Festival and Zimbabwe HyoJeong Cosmic Blessing in Harare, Zimbabwe, which was held as part of an effort to promote harmonious relationships across religious, political and cultural barriers both within Africa's nations and as a continent.

A Blessing prayer for Zimbabwe and its people

The following is a translation of Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon's prayer from Nov. 21, 2018, at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe, during the Peace and Family Festival, Zimbabwe Hyojeong Cosmic Blessing.

Zimbabwe entering new 'era of economic rejuvenation'

The following are President Mnangagwa's remarks on Nov. 21, 2018, at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe, during the Peace and Family Festival, Zimbabwe Hyojeong Cosmic Blessing. Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Josiah Dunira Hungwe delivered the remarks.

Pursuing peace and mutual prosperity in Africa

Some 1,000 political, tribal, community and faith leaders came to Cape Town, South Africa, in November for a two-day conference to remember the legacy of South Africa President Nelson Mandela and discuss pathways to peace, reconciliation and prosperity on the African continent.

'Let us cultivate our youth for peace on this very day'

We are gathered here at the foot of Table Mountain, a beacon on the tip of the African continent that is millennia older than humanity and a defining feature of this beautiful city of ours.

Dozens of traditional rulers, such as Chief Mwanta Ishima Sanken'i VI of Zambia (front row, second from right), attended the Africa Summit in Cape Town in November. (Photo Credit: UPF-INTERNATIONAL)

Embracing Africa's chiefs in peace, development

The essential role of traditional rulers in the economic and cultural development of South Africa and other nations was the subject of one of the panels at the Africa Summit: Honouring the Legacy of Nelson Mandela.

'This was the indomitable Mandela'

The quintessential truth of the luminary legacy of the extraordinary stature of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is immeasurable ... He was carved out as a leader exuding a passionate perseverance and a lingering tenacity of purpose. In that regard, President Mandela was able to endure 27 years of incarceration at Robben Island with a high degree of equanimity which baffled his tormentors and fellow inmates. Only a stalwart imbued with a clarity of vision and mission to accomplish the freedom of the human spirit from the shackles of colonialism and racial segregation could remain stuck in the mode of hope, that virtue which conquers the forces of despair. This was the indomitable Mandela ...

Hundreds of African dignitaries gathered for the two-day Africa Summit in Cape Town, South Africa, in November. (photo credit: UPF-International)

2 African innovators win 2019 Sunhak Peace Prize

A Somali woman seeking to end the sexual mutilation of millions of girls and a Nigerian financial leader whose innovations in agriculture have expanded food security to countless African farmers have been named recipients of the 2019 Sunhak Peace Prize.

Looking ahead: 'Vision 2020' seeks to deepen foundation for world peace

After the death of Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon in September 2012, his wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, began actively leading the movement they founded to achieve substantial gains through "Vision 2020." This comprehensive and global initiative seeks to fulfill Rev. Moon's hopes and dreams for humanity by the year 2020, which marks the centennial of his birth.

The King Protea, known for its colorful, crown-like appearance, is South Africa's national flower. It is said to symbolize change and hope. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

10 projects for a 'heavenly' Africa

The concept of "Heavenly Africa" — in which the continent becomes known as a global example of interdependence, mutual prosperity and universal values — was first described in the First Africa Summit, held in Senegal in January 2018.