Cultures and religions are different across the world, but humanity remains a single community, united around human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, told Philippe Kridelka, Director of UNESCO Liason Office, New York.
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.
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World Interfaith Harmony Week seeks to spread the message of harmony and tolerance
Hundreds of adherents of different faiths all over the country celebrated World Interfaith Harmony Week at the Senayan indoor stadium here on Sunday.
The Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the World Economic Forum are collaborating on Wellness Week, which seeks to develop a social movement on healthy settings for healthy living and increase awareness among individuals, policy makers, communities and employers.