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RP to host global peace festivals

First Posted 23:02:00 12/09/2008

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MANILA, Philippines?The country is hosting the last in a series of 20 Global Peace Festivals for 2008 on December 13, at the Quirino Grandstand.

The international festival, organized by the non-government GPF-Philippines Secretariat, is expected to draw over 300 international delegates, mostly government and civil society leaders, from Japan, Korea, America, as well as from South and Southeast Asia.

The delegates will discuss issues related to leadership and good governance and encourages youth leaders in different fields and provinces to host parallel breakout sessions.

The festival, now on its second year, aims to promote world peace and cooperation under the motto ?One Family under God.?

Global Peace Festivals have been held in over 20 nations this year, including two in North America, three in Central and South America, four in Europe, two in the Middle East, one in Africa, six in Asia and Oceania.

Launched in 2007 in Paraguay and the Philippines, the global festivals have received substantial backing from the Unification Church founded by Sun Myung Moon.

In a statement, GPF organizers said the movement encourages programs and institutions that ?strengthen God-centered marriages and families facilitating intercultural and inter-religious cooperation, and fostering a culture of peace and service.?

Saturday?s GPF festivities begin at 1:30 p.m.

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