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PEACE SUMMIT IN THE TIME OF THE CORONAVIRUS

SEOUL, South Korea- Delegates consisting of students and leaders from various nations, beliefs and sectors, including the academe, media, and business, attended the 2020 World Peace Summit on  February 2 to February 8, 2020 amidst the global threat of the coronavirus. 

 

With its theme Unification of the Korean Peninsula and the Realization of Peace in the World through Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity, and Universal Values, this gathering of peacebuilders coincides with the centenary of the founder of the  Universal Peace Federation, Rev. Sun Myung Moon.  

Media Summit 

Its mission to promote lasting peace through dialogue is manifested in the various parallel conferences during the summit.  The Media Summit featured the various innovations around the globe, highlighting Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, as well as challenges that the industry faces, such as disinformation and fake news. The conference highlight is the formation of the International Media Association for Peace. 

Addressing Climate Change 

Nobel Laureate Mario J. Molina, the scientist who identified the ozone layer and helped solve its depletion, discussed climate change and encouraged cooperation to help solve it.

 

“We have to respect the welfare of future generations, even our own welfare because we are already having this very large problem.  It will be tremendously irresponsible not to do something about climate change,” said Molina. “We are now calling it a climate emergency.”  

4th Sunhak Peace Prize Award Ceremony  

Ban Ki-moon, former United Nations Secretary General received the Founders’ Award- 2020 Sunhak Peace Prize for his tireless efforts in bridging lasting peace, and focusing on finding solutions for climate change by pushing for the 2015 Paris Agreement. This aims to reduce the rise of global temperature, and promoting the Sustainable Development Goals, which the global community uses as guide in living in this modern world. 

Former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki- Moon greeting the guests at the 4th Sunhak Peace Prize Ceremony at the Korean International Exhibit Center on February 5, 2020

 

Senegalese President Macky Sall received the Sunhak Peace Prize for his transparent leadership in policy making and reducing his own presidential term in Africa.  Meanwhile, Bishop Dr. Munib Younan also received the Sunhak Prize for leading the peaceful resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict.  

 

After the conference, a musical tribute to its founder, Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, as well as a mass wedding for thousands of couples, were held at the Cheongshim Peace World Center in Gapyeoung. 

Music Presentation at the Cheongshim Peace World Center on February 6, 2020

 

 

11 February 2020
Words and Photos by
Donna May Lina, Executive Producer- Panahon TV | President Ube Media