In delivering the 2013 UN Message to World Interfaith Harmony week, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said “For billions of people around the world, faith is an essential foundation of life.”
Differences, be they religious, ethnic, cultural, or even civilizational, will continue to be a fact of life. But these differences should by no means become a reason why we cannot live in harmony and peace, told Prof. M. Din Syamsuddin during World Interfaith Harmony Week at the United Nations General Assembly.
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.