29 May 2011 – The Philippines continued its active role as a “global thought and action leader” in interfaith dialogue at the Non-Aligned Movement’s (NAM) Ministerial Meeting in Bali, Indonesia on May 25 to 27, with NAM welcoming the Philippines’ initiative of establishing an e-portal that is seen to increase the body of knowledge on global efforts in interfaith dialogue.
At the 16th Ministerial Conference and Commemorative Meeting of the 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of the NAM, the Ministers of the 119-strong international organization, the Ministers welcomed the Philippines’ establishment of the “Interfaith Dialogue E-Portal: The Experience of the Non-Aligned Movement.”
As expressed in paragraph 44 of the Final Outcome Document of the NAM Ministerial Meeting, the Ministers also “acknowledged the E-Portal’s key role as an e-resource center that raises the level of awareness and understanding on the Movement’s interfaith dialogue efforts” and “encouraged NAM member states to contribute to the growth and development of the body of information on interfaith dialogue by sharing developments of the Program of Action of the Manila Declaration in their respective countries through the E-Portal.”
“The Philippines is proud to have received the encouragement of fellow NAM members on its proposal to host this e-Portal. The e-Portal has been activated and the Philippines is again soliciting the support and cooperation of its NAM colleagues in making the e-Portal relevant and updated by providing information on their respective interfaith dialogue activities and programs,” stated head of Philippine delegation Undersecretary for Special and Oceans Concerns Jose S. Brillantes in his statement during the general debate.
Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alberto del Rosario upon receiving reports of this “positive development from the NAM Ministerial Meeting in Indonesia said, “This is a clear recognition of the Philippines’ continuing contributions to achieving global peace, progress and prosperity through interfaith dialogue.”
Undersecretary Brillantes meantime also pointed out that the initiative highlighted another strength of the Philippines’ economy, particularly in the field of information and communications technology (ICT).”
“We have vast experiences and broad expertise in interfaith dialogue as can be seen in our approach towards securing just and lasting peace in Mindanao and our resolutions at the United Nations. Yet we also have an opportunity too to show a definite strength of our economy, our human resources and talent that are vital to a knowledge-based national and global economies,” added Undersecretary Brillantes.
“The e-Portal will show the gains we have achieved – as nations and as a movement – in peace and development through interfaith dialogue. The e-portal will also show to the world the capabilities of Filipinos in this digital world,” stressed Undersecretary Brillantes.
The Philippines has been at the forefront of interfaith dialogue initiatives at the United Nations and at the Non-Aligned Movement.
In 2010, the Philippines hosted the Special Non-Aligned Movement Ministerial Meeting on Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace and Development in Manila.
(photo: China-ASEAN Online/Xinhua/Li Xiaoyu)