Youth Representative of the Parliament to the United Nations DPI NGO Ms. Sara Rahim delivers the youth keynote speech on the occasion of World Interfaith Harmony Week at the special event of the President of the General Assembly on February 6, 2015. Fellow keynote speaker Under Secretary-General of Communications and Public Information Cristina Gallach looks on as Rahim addresses this year’s United Nations theme for World Interfaith Harmony Week, the role of Multi-religious Partnerships for Sustainable Development. (Photo by Transdiaspora Network)
Women’s perspectives should be included in all levels of decision making, including religion and interfaith dialogue, said Ven. Dr. Chung Ohun Lee of Won Buddhism International to the United Nations General Assembly.
Civil society is missing its religious partner, which is a major facet of human experience and expression, said Acharya Sri Shrivatsa Goswami to the United Nations 66th General Assembly.
Interfaith harmony is alive and well. It is carried out daily by people of faith throughout the world, said Monica Willard, President of the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations.
The 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.
Faith 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.
Dialogue 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.