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"Peace Starts With Me: Inspired Global Leadership with a Mother's Heart" is a Special Report prepared by The Washington Times Special Sections Department.

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Mother Moon spoke to young Unificationists at her home in Irvington, NY in July, 2017 about Vision 2020, based on the blueprint she and her husband developed over decades. (PHOTO CREDIT: HSA-UWC)

'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, has been 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.

Hezekiah Walker, gospel composer and choral grandmaster leads the choir for an appreciative audience. (PHOTO CREDIT: HSA-UWC)

'We're not waiting for change; we bring change'

Many thousands of people participated in activities around and during the 2017 Madison Square Garden event, which was organized by the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. The keynote remarks by Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who founded the organization with her late husband, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, set a precedent for each rallies on five continents.

More than 200 American faith leaders gathered at the Demilitarized Zone separating the Koreas to pray for peace. (PHOTO CREDIT: HSA-UWC)

World faith leaders pray for peaceful reunification of Korea

The massive rally for the peaceful reunification of Korea, held in November 2017 in the Seoul World Cup Stadium, was intended to stand in the gap at a time when harsh rhetoric — and dangerous missiles — flew.

Gore Island Mayor Augustin Senghor and first Lady honored Mother Moon for bringing peace and healing to his region. (PHOTO CREDIT: HSA-UWC)

Senegal summit draws African leaders across continent

An unprecedented summit in Africa, aimed at revitalizing relationships and shared development among nations, was held earlier this year by organizations affiliated with the Universal Peace Federation (UPF).

Former Member of Congress Dick Schulze (R-PA) addresses the ILC about conservation. Mr. Schulze was the co-founder of the Conservation Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. (PHOTO CREDIT: HSA-UWC)

International Leadership Conferences around the globe

In an era of tectonic shifts in opinion about trade, migration, policing borders and moral issues, the Universal Peace Federation promoted balanced discussions on these concerns during 2016-2018 under the umbrella of the International Leadership Conferences (ILC).

Former Cong. Dan Burton - (R-IN), International Co-chairman of IAPP, described the vision and goals for the new organization of lawmakers in February, 2017. (PHOTO CREDIT: HSA-UWC)

New global network of Parliamentarians aim to resolve critical challenges

Since its inception in 2005, the Universal Peace Federation worked closely with parliamentarians from around the world with the goal of building a world of lasting peace. The launch of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) in February 2016 represented a labor of love reaching back 15 years for co-founders Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon. Since the launch of IAPP, the project has attracted more than 3,000 incumbent Parliamentarians from 80 plus countries.

Roman Catholic Cardinal Kelvin Felix receives leadership award from Mother Moon and Dr. Sun Jin Moon, International President of FFWPU. (PHOTO CREDIT: HSA-UWC)

Environment, religion dominate discussions in Brazil, Austria

Two major conferences — one in Brazil and the other in Austria — were convened by the Universal Peace Federation this year to generate discussions about shared challenges and how they could be addressed by international cooperation.

Dr. Moon added her signature to the founding resolution of IAPD in November, 2017. (PHOTO CREDIT: HSA-UWC)

New interfaith association expands to South America

In recognition of South America's key role in the battle for the world's clean air and water, clergy and ethnic leaders at Universal Peace Federation's 2018 Brazil Summit signed on to a new association dedicated to prudent development: the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD). The global effort to coalesce religious leaders of major faith groups was launched in Seoul, Korea November 2017.

The Washington Times fact-finding delegation toured Pan Mun Jom, the village that straddles the DMZ. (PHOTO CREDIT: HSA-UWC)

Media fact-finding tours

The Washington Times has long been associated with media fact-finding tours — notably, in the late 1980s, its visits to Russia with the World Media Association led to historic meetings with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and many key representatives of the Soviet Union.

The award ceremony was celebrated by a collaborative performance of musical actor, Jaerim Choi, Kolleen Park and the Korean traditional arts school Little Angels. (PHOTO CREDIT: HSA-UWC)

New international prize honors 'peacemakers'

The Sunhak Peace Prize was established to continue the legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and is given biannually in recognition of individuals and organizations that have made enduring contributions to help resolve worldwide suffering, conflict, poverty and threats to the environment.

Peacemaking through marriage, youth activities

In recognition of its Founders' teaching that marriage and family are at the core of vibrant societies, the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, steadfastly has encouraged religious wedding ceremonies and marriage rededication events.