Phnom Penh (FN), Sep. 30 – The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) concluded its second Rally of Hope on Sunday, 27 September 2020. The three-hour event hosted 12 distinguished world leaders, including Cambodian President of the National Assembly Heng Samrin.

According to the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Mr. Yun Young-ho, two million people from 194 nations were given tickets to watch online, while as many as a hundred million viewers observed the Rally via various broadcast providers and internet platforms.

The theme focused on realizing a world of peace through interdependence, mutual prosperity and universal values. The gathering served as a wake-up call to national and world leaders that the well-being of humankind and the destiny our planet rests in the hands of responsible leaders.

Repeatedly, presenters called for collaboration and cooperation to move beyond the unprecedented challenges in order to give people and nations hope and confidence. They appreciated Dr. Moon’s embracing heart, unheralded sacrifices and steadfast commitment to world peace by holding such events. In addition, the distinguished delegates respected and supported UPF’s efforts to address the major obstacles to world peace through soft-power diplomacy.

Mother Moon said the fundamental problem faced today is self-centeredness and greed. Without naming any nation specifically, the Mother of Peace lamented about the wastage of human and natural resources in making weapons of war.

“It is possible to be wealthy and prosperous without seeking to advance the cause of war,” she emphasized, at times holding back tears. “The time has come to let go of the desire to invest resources into weapons.”

Cambodian President of the National Assembly Heng Samrin applauded the work of Dr. Moon in bringing world leaders together for the Rally of Hope. The way forward, he emphasized, was working together through enhanced international cooperation and universal solidarity for our common good. He outlined several action steps, including: developing concrete recovery plans, increasing cross-border travel and trade, accelerating the transformation of digital technology and maintaining peace. Repeating himself, he said, “Peace must go hand in hand with development.”

Rally of Hope was the latest in a series of events that included a summit, leadership conferences, and webinars conducted throughout this year. A common theme focused on the search for shared principles of ‘interdependence, mutual prosperity and universal values’.

The full press release is available below.