By Gift Samuel, The Sight News
In a bid to foster peaceful living worldwide, the Universal Peace Federation has over the weekend inducted new Ambassadors for Peace, with a charge to become peaceful citizens, establish peaceful family and to develop and utilize their resources for peace.
UPF which is an international and interreligious network of individuals and organisations, including representatives from religion, government, Civil society and the private sector, is dedicated to achieving world peace, with the believe that lasting peace cannot be achieved through political compromise alone, but requires addressing the root causes of conflict.
Speaking in his welcome address, the Executive Director, Office of International Affairs, Universal Peace Federation(UPF) Nigeria, Dr. George Ikpot noted that understanding the responsibility of Ambassadors for Peace emphasizes how education for peace can foster humanity’s unity and integration as national and global citizens, based on the principle of “living for the sake of others”.
Dr. Ikpot emphasized that the solution to today’s social problems cannot come primarily through new technology or government programs, adding that a good society can only be formed by forming individuals of good character.
He further noted that education is the key to foster individuals of matured character, ethical and loving familial and social relationships and productive citizens who contribute to a prosperous and peaceful community, nation and the world.
Also, in a keynote address which focused on introducing the Universal Peace Federation and Basic Responsibilities of Ambassadors for Peace, the Secretary General UPF, Dr. Raphael Ogar Oko noted that Ambassadors for Peace was launched in 2001 and is the largest and most diverse network of peace leaders from all walks of life.
He stated that the ambassadors are committed to: “Stand on the common ground of universal moral principles, promoting reconciliation, overcoming barriers and building peace; Form a global network representing the diversity of the human family and all disciplines of endeavor; Promote cooperation beyond boundaries of religion, race, ethnicity and nationality; and practice “living for the sake of others” as the guiding principle for building a global community”.
He further noted that UPF is a Non-Governmental Organisation in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, adding also that UPF supports the work of the United Nations, particularly in the areas of interfaith peace building, peace education and the strengthening of marriage and family.
Responding on behalf of the other Ambassadors, the CEO, Isreal Ibeleme Foundation, Ambassador Isreal Ibeleme stressed the need to build Peace, not just in the country but in the homes.
According to him, “We all have a short time here on earth, what will we be remembered for? Don’t let anyone discourage you, believe in you and who you are, value every opportunity that comes your way, help those you can help. Always remember that there is someone out there who is living the same life you lived before, who can’t afford food, who sleeps outside on the road, whose hope has been lost, who puts on same cloth every day.
“Give them a better life in the society and build back their hope against all odds and with God on our side, we will do more than we ever hoped to do. Let’s reach out to those we can, help those we can help, do the little we can and let God do the rest”. He ended.