Australia: Celebration of Interfaith Dialogue

World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) couldn’t have come at a better time.  With the recent US travel bans against countries that are predominantly Muslim and persecution of faith groups including Christians at an all-time high; it sometimes feels like there is a war on religion as a whole.

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Pakistan: Use Interfaith Harmony to counter Islamophobia

lodhiUNITED NATIONS – Pakistan has called for action to combat the forces of Islamophobia and warned that if timely steps are not taken to check this disturbing trend, it could threaten regional and global peace and security. The Pakistan Ambassador to the United Nations organised a side event at the UN on occasion of World Interfaith Harmony Week.

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World Interfaith Harmony – UN General Assembly, Special event

ungaOn 6 February 2016, as part of World Interfaith Harmony Week, the United Nations General Assembly conducted a special event – in partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, and with the Committee of Religious NGOs. The event consisted of discussion panels on innovative approaches that develop a spirit of partnership among religious communities.

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A Joint Endeavour Emerges: Faith Based Organisations and Human Development

Dr Azza Karam at UNGAToday I can share with you significant work done within the United Nations itself, which I have been privileged to be involved in, and which has produced, among many other joint endeavours and even some paradigm shifts, a mechanism within the UN, which is the Inter-Agency Task Force on Engaging with Faith Based organizations for Sustainable Development (IATF-FBOs) told Dr Azza Karam to the UN Special Event on World Interfaith Harmony: Multi-religious Partnership for Sustainable Development.

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What next for interfaith partnerships and human development?

Katherine Marshall at the United NationsThe interfaith movement is a rich mosaic of efforts, ranging from theological discourse to practical coalitions. Some interreligious harmony work is built on ethereal, ethical, and theological foundations. And some is grounded in an earthy, urgent common interest or in response to a crisis or threat, said Katherine Marshall to the UN Special Event on World Interfaith Harmony: Multi-religious Partnership for Sustainable Development.

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Hinduism, Religious Pluralism and Interfaith Dialogue

The term ‘Interfaith Dialogue’ refers to the positive and cooperative interaction between people of different religious faiths and spiritual beliefs, with the aim of promoting understanding between different religions to increase acceptance and tolerance. The power of religion can be used as a major force of unification among divergent factions and hence it can plays key role in the promotion of global peace and reconciliation by bringing various groups together, said Dr Uma Mysorekar at the UN Special Event, on World Interfaith Harmony: Multi-religious Partnership for Sustainable Development.

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Interfaith and the Promise of the Sustainable Development Goals

Rabbi Roger RossYour Excellencies, distinguished panel of religious representatives, ladies and gentlemen, It is an honor to be seated with you on this panel. My dear brothers and sisters, For too many years, we have talked but not acted. For too many years we have heard the disenfranchised calling out in pain and suffering, and, so far, we have only handed out Band-Aids. For too many of us these serve as metaphors for our own lives, were the words of Rabbi Roger Ross to the UN Special Event on World Interfaith Harmony: Multi-religious Partnership for Sustainable Development.

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Interfaith Collaboration for Post 2015 Sustainable Development


I bring you fraternal greetings from the country of Sierra Leone. I wish to thank you all with a special reference to the UN for your tremendous moral, human and financial contribution to our country particularly at this time, for the eradication of the dreadful disease called Ebola, said Rev. Dr Usman J Fornah of Sierra Leone to the UN Special Event on World Interfaith Harmony: Multi-religious Partnership for Sustainable Development.

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The Role of Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals

William F VendleyReligious communities know that persons and communities are inseparable. This means that true sustainable development must engage both persons and their communities. We ignore this profound reciprocity at our peril. To nourish and strengthen vital communities, religions advance social virtues like trust, seeking the common good and an abiding sense of responsibility for others animated by unrestricted Love and Compassion. Again, these social virtues help generate what economist have begun to call the “social capital” essential for development, William F. Vendley said at the UN Special Event on World Interfaith Harmony: Multi-religious Partnership for Sustainable Development.

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