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The Need for an Interreligious Council at the United Nations Universal Peace Federation. The Significance of Religion. Religion is an essential part of human consciousness and human identity. Religious ideas form the basis for human worldviews and worldly action. The Significance of Religion.
We the peoples of the United Nations determined, to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind.…
… and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
AND FOR THESE ENDS to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples….
Despite tremendous efforts to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,history recalls
The Korean War (1950-53)
The Vietnam War (1959-75)
The Balkan Conflicts (1991-96)
The Middle East
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Contribute to Peace
Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Address at UN Headquarters
August 18, 2000
World peace can be fully accomplished only when the wisdom and efforts of the world's religious leaders work cooperatively and respectfully with national leaders.
Serious consideration should be given to forming a religious assembly or council of religious representatives within the structure of the UN.
El Salvador Gabon
Gambia Guatemala Guinea
Madagascar Malaysia Marshall Islands Micronesia Mongolia Morocco Myanmar Nicaragua Oman
Federation Saint Vincent
Sudan Suriname Tajikistan Thailand
Spearheaded by the Philippines. Sponsored by
…insures the systematic and organizational follow-up of this dialogue through the designation of a focal unit in the Secretariat to handle these matters.
December 2006 GA Resolution
RESULT: Focal unit was established in 2007.
It is time to promote the idea that diversity is a virtue, not a threat. It is time to explain that different religions, belief systems and cultural backgrounds are essential to the richness of the human experience. And it is time to stress that our common humanity is greater-–far greater-–than our outward differences.
As a follow-up on an interfaith conference held in Madrid in July 2008, organized by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and King Juan Carlos of Spain, the General Assembly convened a high-level dialogue on November 12-13, 2008 with major world leaders in attendance.
The world must teach its children the wisdom of all cultures.
Dr. Musa Bin Jaafar Bin Hassan (L)
President, UNESCO General Conference
In today’s era of global travel and instant satellite transmissions, people everywhere are encountering less of the familiar, and more of ‘the other.’ This reality has fed rising intercultural and inter-religious tensions, as well as growing alienation among vast segments of the world population.
Today’s gathering also comes at a particularly auspicious time, as Jews mark the celebration of the Torah and Muslims approach the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Such occasions remind us that men and women of faith around the world can be brought together, rather than separated, by their convictions and their belief in something greater than themselves.
Talmud, Sanhedrin 27b (Judaism)
Luke 6.38 (Christianity)
Hadith of Baihaqi (Islam)
Matthew 5.43-48 (Christianity)
Tosefta, Baba Metzia 2.26 (Judaism)
Dhammapada 3-5 (Buddhism)
Tao Te Ching 63 (Taoism)
We must supplement formal institutions with informal policy networks, bringing together international institutions, civil society and private-sector organizations, and national governments, in pursuit of common goals.
former UN Secretary-General
“We the Peoples,” April 3, 2000
The time has come for the United Nations to outline its working relationship with civil society organizations.
H.E. Anwarul K. Chowdhury
former UN Under-Secretary-General
The negotiations between Menachem Begin, Anwar el-Sadat, and myself at Camp David in 1978 were greatly influenced by our religious backgrounds. This was evident in the fact that a joint appeal for prayer preceded our discussions… Begin and Sadat were deeply religious men.
Former President, United States
We believe the creation of an interreligious council or a specific unit on interfaith understanding within the UN system is an idea whose time has come.
Hon. Jose de Venecia, Jr.
Former Speaker, House of Representatives