Kosovo Diplomat Awarded "Ambassador for Peace"Tokyo, 30 March 2018 – "Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – Japan" organisation in its 32nd Peace Diplomats Forum awarded the Kosovo diplomat serving in Japan, Mr. Enis Xhemaili, the “Ambassador for Peace” prize.
On this occasion, Mr. Xhemaili held a short remark. After greeting the participants and thanking the organisers of this Forum, Mr. Xhemaili said that he dedicates this award to all the people of his country who were striking for peace 20 years ago, and to his family who educated him even when his mother tongue, Albanian, was banned in schools. The diplomat, Mr. Xhemaili, underlined that he is proud to represent the country that Japan now considers a safe place to visit, and for the achievements of his country especially in the last 10 years. For these achievements of Kosovo, he expressed special appreciation to two world-renowned Japanese personalities, former UNHCR Commissioner Ms. Sadako OGATA and the former President of the International Court of Justice Mr. Hisashi OWADA - the latter served at the time when ICJ gave the opinion that Kosovo's declaration of independence was in accordance with the international law.
“Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – Japan” with its Ambassadors for Peace global network, is a non-governmental organization with its headquarters in New York, USA, in a special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, which has been dedicated to building a culture of peace through promoting interreligious and interethnic dialogue, strengthening the family and marriage values, and assisting human development. Together with the Kosovo diplomat, there were three other people awarded “Ambassador for Peace”: the Ambassador of Ethiopia to Japan, H. E. Mr. Cham Ugala Uriat; former Japanese Ambassador to Australia and former Ambassador for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Mr. Hideaki Ueda; and the First Executive Director of the United Nations University and President of the Association of Former International Civil Servants-Japan Ms. Momoyo Ise.