About the Founders

Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, are the founders of the Universal Peace Federation, which was established in 2005. Rev. Moon was born a farmer's son on January 6, 1920, in what is now North Korea. He began his ministry after World War II and was later imprisoned in a communist labor camp for three years before being liberated by U.N. forces during the Korean War in 1950. He came to the United States in 1971.

Today Rev. and Mrs. Moon are proposing a revitalized, renewed United Nations with more than 50,000 diplomats, clergy, civic leaders, current and former heads of state appointed as Ambassadors for Peace. Among the programs of the UPF are the leadership conferences and the Middle East Peace Initiative. UPF promotes the UN's Millennium Development Goals and is fighting against the spread of AIDS. It encourages youth to work for peace through community service. Rev. and Mrs. Moon's lifelong goal is "One Family Under God."