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.
Dr William Vendley, Secretary General of Religions for Peace told the UN General Assembly that cooperative action among religious communities and states for peace must express our common commitments to honour and protect the inviolable dignity of each person.
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.
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.