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.”
World Interfaith Harmony Week was launched in Melbourne at Parliament House, on Friday, 1 February 2013.
World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event in the first week of February each year. This is an activity supported by member-states of the United Nations.
Civil society, including religious organizations and institutions, have an important role to play in the Rio+20 conference and the implementation of its outcomes.
World 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.
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.
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.
The role and leadership that the global interfaith movement has provided to address the Millennium Development Goals and find peaceful solutions to combat conflict, enabling us to live in a safer world, provides us with a great deal of optimism, told the UK’s Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh during World Interfaith Harmony Week of 2012.
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.
The Alliance of Civilisations aids in identifying the most helpful policies, practices, and initiatives for interfaith dialogue and cooperation and to replicate them and scale them up, said Dr Marc Scheuer.