UPFI to Promote Healthcare, Education, Others

first_imgAmid a bad economy, vices and critical political challenges in Liberia, the Universal Peace Federation International (UPFI) has announced plans to help promote development in the country.The UPFI has an NGO (Non-governmental Organization) consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (UN).Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, the chairman of UPFI, disclosed that after the launch of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace in Liberia (IAPP-Liberia) in July, the country stands to benefit from programs, including the construction of a Peace Road, to promote an international highway and railway.Dr. Walsh said the UPF will support healthcare, through a negotiation with the Government of Japan, help develop a curriculum for tertiary education, and promote entrepreneurship and coffee production.He made the disclosure to journalists yesterday in the conference room of House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, following a close-door meeting with him.The UPFI Chairman further said the UPFI in collaboration with IAPP-Liberia will establish the Inter-Religion Association, promote peace and development, mutual respect and cooperation.He further said the presence of the IAPP would promote marriage and family values as well as the physical and spiritual beings of Liberians.Dr. Walsh is the Secretary-General of the Sunhak Peace Prize Foundation, and also serves on the International Council of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations and on the board of directors of the International Coalition for Religious Freedom.Others who were part of Dr. Walsh’s delegation included Rev. Adama Doumbia, Secretary General of UPF-Africa, and Rev. Pamela S.M. Mwanga, the President (Chairman) of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU)-Liberia.After its establishment, the IAPP-Liberia will provide a forum for 73 members of the House of Representatives and 30 members of the Liberian Senate, to form part of the parliamentarians from all nations and political parties, allowing them to come together to dialogue and cooperate with each other, to search for solutions to local, national, regional and global problems.IAPP will work with many organizations and associations of parliamentarians around the world, some formally organized as intergovernmental bodies and others informally associated.The primary objectives of IAPP include the following: to promote good governance in all sectors of society; to develop high-quality educational programs for parliamentarians, and to promote and encourage dialogue and cooperation among parliamentarians from nations around the world, with the aim of promoting peace and human development.Other objectives of the IAPP include upholding core and universal principles, recognizing that all human beings are members of one global family; to protect, preserve and uphold the dignity and value of each human being; to strengthen the family as the central and most fundamental institution of human society; to work to build trust, mutual respect, and cooperation among the world’s peoples; and to encourage respect, inter-religious dialogue as essential to building a peaceful world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Farrow tours Central African Republic

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Shaking hands with droves of cheering street children in Bangui, Mia Farrow began a weeklong tour of the Central African Republic on Saturday to draw attention – and aid – to one of the world’s forgotten crises. The 62-year-old actress and U.N. goodwill ambassador will visit some of the 150,000 people displaced by the nation’s simmering conflict and tour northern towns recently ravaged by fighting close to the borders with Chad and Sudan’s troubled Darfur region. “It’s called a forgotten crisis, a forgotten humanitarian crisis, but forgotten implies that it was once remembered,” Farrow said in the country’s capital of dirt roads and tin-roofed buildings. More than a year of instability in the impoverished nation’s northeast boiled over into a rebellion in October in which insurgents captured several towns. French-backed government troops recaptured the towns in early December, but they have been accused of burning villages to flush out insurgents. A separate rebel group has also launched attacks in the northwest. The United Nations says the violence has affected 1million people, nearly one-quarter of the country’s population, and that tens of thousands of women have been raped by different factions. The Central African Republic government has accused Sudan of backing the northeastern rebels, but Khartoum denies it. Farrow visited children at a UNICEF- sponsored project and met President Francois Bozize, who led a rebel army that overthrew the government in ’03 and was elected president two years later. “He was completely frank. He said: `We feel abandoned, we’re desperately in need of help. There is only so much we can do here, and we’re doing all of it,”‘ Farrow said. – Associated Press last_img