UN chief spotlights role of Interfaith Dialogue to empower women

UN chief spotlights role of inter-faith dialogue to empower womenUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon drew attention to the role of faith leaders in promoting female empowerment, noting that they can help address gender prejudices and support women’s participation in society at all levels.

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Interfaith Harmony and Human Development

Dr. Azza Karam, United Nations Population FundInterfaith harmony lies at the very foundation of human development, which in turn is part and parcel of the prevention of conflicts, resolution of conflict, and long-term sustainability of peacebuilding, Dr Azza Karam said at the United Nations during World Interfaith Harmony Week.

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Harmony Among Religions at the United Nations?

Katherine Marshall, Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University , USAWorld Interfaith Harmony Week, like the International Day of Peace, offers us chances to engage people and institutions in the spirit of the United Nations, said Katherine Marshall to the General Assembly of the United Nations.

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Faith-based Organizations and Japan’s Earthquake Disaster

Yuka Saionji, Deputy Chair, Byakko Shinko Kai and the Goi Peace FoundationThere are many roles religious organizations can play, but also there are many roles that only religious organizations and faith-based organizations can play during disasters, told Yuka Saionji during an address during World Interfaith Harmony Week at United Nations.

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An Interfaith Code of Conduct for Disaster Relief

Bill Canny, director Catholic Relief ServicesWe look to the UN and the organizations of the UN to help us pay more attention as we respond and give us the space to respond to spiritual needs during interfaith disaster relief operations, indicated Bill Canny of Catholic Relief Services at the UN.

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The Great Commandment

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf Founder, Cordoba InitiativeMy dear brothers and sisters, in talking of the common good, it is God, our creator, who is the absolutely good. It is God who is our common ground as the absolute good, and it is in God’s commandments that we can define the common good and the common imperative to all. As has been previously mentioned, in the Jewish, the Christian, and the Muslim traditions – and in all traditions, in fact – all the commandments of God are enfolded into two major commandments: to love our God, our creator, with all the aspects of our human being, with all our hearts, all our minds, all of our souls, and all of our strength, and to love our neighbours – that is, our fellow human beings – as we love ourselves. Upon these two commandments, Jesus Christ said, hang all of the law and all of the prophets.

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Peaceful Mediation of Conflict through Interfaith Dialogue

alt=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.

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Spirituality, Education, and Peace

Ambassador U. Joy Ogwu, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations
It is common knowledge that the world’s great religions have stridently sought to teach us the ways of peace. From the Torah of Judaism to the Qur’an of Islam, the essential message is peace, said Ambassador Joy Ogwu to the United Nations General Assembly.

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