Common Ground among the World’s Religions

Dr. William F. Vendley, Secretary General, Religions for PeaceDr William Vendley, Secretary General of Religions for Peace told the UN General Assembly that cooperative action among religious communities and states for peace must express our common commitments to honour and protect the inviolable dignity of each person.

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Religious Liberty and Peace

Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikatt
Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United NationsThe world’s religions play a vital role in the mediation of conflict and the promotion of dialogue and reconciliation, in the response to disasters, in promoting development and respect for the environment, said the Holy See Observer to the United Nations during World Interfaith Harmony Week, 2012.

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Common Cause in Mutual Respect

Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United NationsFaith is the glue that often bonds communities and cultures around the world. Yet, too often it is used as an excuse to emphasize difference and deepen divisions, said Deputy Secretary General Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro during the 2012 World Interfaith Harmony Week.

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Common Ground for the Common Good

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-NasserDialogue should be encouraged, for there is not only a common ground that binds faithful traditions together but also a common ground on which religions and the United Nations stand, sharing values and principle, said Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President, United Nations General Assembly.

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Melbourne: World Interfaith Harmony Week 2012 Celebrated

World Interfaith Harmony Week, Melbourne

World Interfaith Harmony Celebration, Melbourne, 2012

World Interfaith Harmony Week seeks to spread the message of harmony and tolerance among the followers of all the world’s religions, faiths and beliefs. It seeks to do this by promoting their common basis of “Love of God and Love of the Neighbor, or Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbor“. Its message includes everyone, excludes no one, and is purely voluntary.

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Australia: Governor launches inaugural UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, Parliament House Melbourne

Parliament House Melbourne

Professor David de Kretser, AC, Governor of Victoria, accompanied by Mrs de Kretser, launched the World Interfaith Harmony Week in Melbourne at a luncheon for over 80 religious and spiritual leaders, in Queen’s Hall, Parliament House on the 1st February.

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The Regional Interfaith Network (RIN) website was established in Melbourne, Australia in December 2010 following a unanimous recommendation made at the 5th Regional Interfaith Dialogue held in Perth, 2009. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia, sought proposals from various institutions to establish and maintain the Regional Interfaith Website and subsequently awarded the project to the following consortium:

Australian Multicultural Foundation

The organization was established in 1989 to promote a strong commitment to Australia as one people drawn from many cultures.

Religions For Peace

Formerly known as the World Conference of Religions for Peace (Australia) is Australia’s largest community based organization working for inter-religious harmony and social cohesion.

The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne

Founded in 2000 as an educational and cultural non-profit organization whose mission is to promote understanding and respect among the world’s religious and spiritual communities.

Islamic Council of Victoria

The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) is the peak body for Muslim organizations in Victoria. Among the ICV’s many aims is the promotion of understanding, co-operation, tolerance and respect between all faiths.

The consortium thanks the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the initial resources to establish this website.