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UN International Youth Day Celebrated in Nepal

31 December, 1969

More than 150 youth from six nations gathered together in Kathmandu on August 15 to celebrate the UN International Youth Day 2013.The Youth Federation for World Peace is a global alliance of young leaders and youth-related organizations dedicated to building a world of peace. It envisions a world of freedom, harmony, cooperation and prosperity for all.

Nepal’s leadership seminar complemented the United Nations’ theme, “Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward” and focused on the topic “Raising Public-Minded Leaders for Building Nations of Peace.”The program was sponsored by the Youth Federation for World Peace, which is a project of UPF. The international delegation included 19 from Taiwan, 15 each from Japan and Pakistan, 5 from the Philippines, 3 from the USA, and more than 70 from Nepal.“Religions should be part of the governing structure of society, which is why Father Moon proposed an interreligious council at the UN,” Dr. Robert Kittel said, adding, “but in order to be able to play this vital role, religious people must find common ground.” Dr. Kittel who is Education Director for UPF-Asia, then suggested that religions spotlight two issues: public-mindedness and universal family values as points of convergence.

Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, president of the Youth Federation for World Peace-Nepal, emphasized our common ancestry. “Whether we call our first ancestors Adam and Eve, or Manu and Satrupa, this oneness should help us realize that, in essence, we are really one global family created by God.”Six Youth Ambassadors for Peace awards and three Ambassador for Peace appointments were presented to noteworthy people.

The Youth Federation for World Peace was founded by the late Dr. Sun Myung Moon. The Youth Federation for World Peace is a global alliance of young leaders and youth-related organizations dedicated to building a world of peace. It envisions a world of freedom, harmony, cooperation and prosperity for all.In 1994 US President George H.W. Bush spoke at an inaugural Youth Federation for World Peace congress in Washington DC.