Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon gave this speech on the occasion of the founding of the Universal Peace Federation on September 12, 2005. It was also given in the UPF inaugural world speaking tour to 10 nations and in the rallies for the Return of the Homeland to God, held in 180 nations in 2006.
Distinguished world leaders, Ambassadors for Peace and blessed family members who have come
from all parts of the world in the hope of bringing about the realization of world peace and
building the ideal hometown in heaven and on earth:
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all of you for coming together in the midst of
your busy schedules to take part in this rally to expand and elevate to a global level the Family
Party for Universal Peace and Unity, so that it may be reborn as the Cheon Il Guk House for
Peace and Unification; to make the Universal Peace Federation a model UN-type organization;
and, to make Cheon Il Guk the kingdom of the peaceful, ideal world through the concerted efforts
of all the nations of the world.
Ladies and gentlemen, as we begin the twenty-first century, we find ourselves at a truly
historic turning point. We are at a point of decision. Can everlasting world peace take root, or are
we doomed to repeat the twentieth century’s dark and oppressive history of war and conflict?
The twentieth century was a period of ceaseless struggle, including that of colonized countries
to gain their independence, the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and the Cold War.
Living through this era, I dedicated my life entirely to bringing about the kingdom of God, the
kingdom of the peaceful, ideal world. I have always prayed sincerely that the United Nations,
founded after the Second World War, would be an institution for peace, and that it would uphold
God’s will for the realization of eternal world peace.
The United Nations has indeed made important contributions to peace. Nevertheless, around
its sixtieth anniversary in 2005 there was a broad consensus, both inside and outside the
organization, that the UN had yet to discover the way to fulfill its founding purposes. The number
of member states approaches two hundred, but the offices of these states do little more than
represent and even insist on their own interests. They seem inherently unable to resolve conflicts
and achieve peace.
For these reasons, I would like once more to declare today before all humanity the message I
gave throughout the Universal Peace Federation inauguration tour, launched last year on
September 12 in New York, which took me to 120 nations around the world. It is entitled, “God’s
Ideal Family and the Kingdom of the Peaceful, Ideal World.”
The mission of the Universal Peace Federation is to renew the existing United Nations, a “Caintype”
UN, and provide a new level of leadership as an “Abel-type” UN. It will unite heaven and
earth and form the kingdom of the peaceful, ideal world.
This message should be engraved on the hearts of humankind. It is Heaven’s special blessing
in this era after the coming of heaven. It is also a warning to us that we should take to heart and
put into action.