Ambassadors For Peace (AFP) of Ghana Chapter of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, which supports and promotes the work of the UN and the achievement of the Millennium Sustainable Goals (MDGs) have deliberated in Accra, over diverse issues affecting national, regional and global peace.
The UPF-Ghana also brainstorms on the best strategies of presenting its olive leaf to all feuding parties within families, communities and nation in efforts to achieving global peace, the core call of the organization.
Addressing the November 7, 2017 meeting, the Secretary-General of UPF-Ghana, Dr. (Mrs.) Helen M. Osei, disclosed that the UPF global headquarters has more than 70 bodies-of-peace founded by the Co-Founders, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, that decentralized to all nations.
Dr. Helen Osei said it was time all the Ambassadors for Peace rose up and put all hands on deck, to be able to nip in the bud, the dangers of disaster of war that stare the human race in the face and tragedies of ignorance that cause poverty, disease and misery to God’s creation.
She urges leaders of various groups of the Ambassadors for Peace Network, especially, the Interreligious Peace Council, Youth Ambassadors for Peace Network, as well as, the Media for Peace Network, to help avert strife before they are visited upon humankind by fellow mankind.
Dr. Osei reiterated the necessity of observance of UPF Core Values; “1) We are one human family created by God; 2) The highest achievements of men and women are rooted in spiritual and moral development; 3) The family is the school of love and peace; 4) Peace is fostered through dialogue and cooperation and; 5) Service is the foundation of reconciliation.
She therefore, called on stakeholders of peace and security to cooperate and assist the UPF in its quest for engendering, initiating, building and achieving peace, through dialogue, than the barrel of the gun, which evidentially had never provided any winner, but destruction of God’s creation and its attendant misery.
She stressed the need for Ghana Chapter of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace, political groupings of Ambassadors for Peace, which countries around the world are putting in place to initiate and build peace among politicians.
The Chairman of the Meeting, Rev. Professor Edwin N. Korley, the Rector of the Manna Mission Institute and Ghana’s Representative on the Global Peace Council, in remarks, observes that since peace doesn’t only mean the absence of war, it is necessary to also emphasize on character development, in order to cultivate both heart and character to give children a solid foundation for growth and development.
Rev Prof Korley urged the Ambassadors for Peace to sustain their effort at peace-building, especially at the time the global community was going through trying times. He suggests that Ghana needs the presence of the Peace Embassy where the Ambassadors for Peace operate from, as it was in other jurisdictions.
Osongaa Nii Adjei Kraku II, the Tema Mantse, urged leaders of the Network Groups and entire UPF to exercise visionary leadership with strong character and heart, to be able to stand the test of time. Nii Kraku quoted the founder of modern Ghana and first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, thus; “Unless one is brave he/she can’t make history”, adding; “Never give up, let’s forge ahead”, the Revered Chief urges fellow Ambassadors for Peace.
Others present at the meeting were; Ambassadors Bishop Ezekiel Goodman Anim, President of Ambassadors for Peace Network; Baffuor Nana Oponwaa II, Queen of Kronti Royal Stool of Akwamu Traditional Area; Rev. James Amande Aidoo, Head of Family Federation for World Peace, Ghana; Bishop Dr. John K. Asante; Rev. Dr. Rayford Alex Kwakye; Dr. Donald Agumenu.
The rest are; Ambassadors Lady Rev. Dr. Abena Tay; Janet Benewaa, Hajj Kerim Sama Tseney, John Mensah, John Osei and James O. Akrofi.
Mr. James O. Akrofi, an Accounts Officer with Telecable Company Limited, newly appointed Ambassador for Peace was presented to the House. Two Volunteer Youth, Rashida Mohammed Pangabu, a Level 300 student of the Islamic University, Ghana and Isaac Adjei Kwakye, newly graduated from Kwadaso College of Agriculture, were inducted as Youth Ambassadors and were presented with Certificates.