New York City — Ambassador Mario de Leon Jr., the Philippine Consul General to New York, will be appointed Ambassador for Peace by an international peace organization, the Universal Peace Federation-USA through its Office of Asian Affairs.
De Leon leads a set of appointees, composed of diplomatic officials, businessmen, and community leaders in the communities of Southeast Asian roots, to be conferred on March 28, 2015 at the Lovin’ Life Learning Center on 4 West 43rd Street, from 3-7 PM.
The Universal Peace Federation is a global network of individuals and organizations dedicated to building a world of peace, cooperation and prosperity. The OAA is a local expression of UPF’s peace effort in the east coast and is headed by Rev. Greg Agulan.
Filipino businessman and retired Columbia University professor Ismael Jampayas is also one the appointees.
“The ambassadors for peace are appointed by the UPF in order to localize peace efforts, starting from the homes and to communities, with the values on respect and cooperation as the main ingredients to achieve peace,” explained Rev. Agulan.
The theme for this event is “Security and understanding in the South East Asian Region.”
Agulan said that in achieving peace in the region, there had been two approaches in settling disputes: one is based on historical territorial claims backed by up treaties and the other approach is through sovereignty.
Agulan cited that the dispute over Mindanao in the Philippines until the 1950 was controlled by the Philippine Muslims. “In the 1950s, President Ferdinand Marcos began to send Christian Filipinos to settle in Mindanao. And by today they are the overwhelming majority in Mindanao.
Today, the Moro people, invoking sovereignty, demand the return of their ancestral land to gain autonomy from the rest of the Philippines.”
Founded by the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church in 2005, UPF encourages all religions to conduct dialogues and work for peace based on the recognition that human dignity is derived from a universal divine source as the basis of harmony and unification. UPF is a non-government organization in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.