900 Participants from More Than 100 Countries
ON RELIGIONS FOR PEACE 10th WORLD ASSEMBLY
RfP advances common action among the world’s religious communities for peace by working to transform violent conflict, advance just and harmonious societies, further human development, protect the earth and foster shared wellbeing.
- RfP builds and equips inter-religious councils at the local, national, regional and global levels.
- RfP mobilizes religious communities locally, nationally, regionally and globally to cooperate as key actors for peace.
- RfP has a strong track record of fostering effective inter-religious collaboration in the most challenging situations worldwide.
The RfP network advances multi-religious cooperation consistent with five guiding principles:
- Respect religious differences.
- Challenge deeply entrenched and widely shared values.
- Preserve the identity of each religious community.
- Honor the different ways religious communities are organized.
- Link and help coordinate multi-religious action on local, national, regional and global levels
RfP’s national, regional and international multi-religious networks provide an effective mechanism for implementing projects and activities from the grassroots right through to national, regional and global levels. This multi-level approach is uniquely holistic, flexible when responding quickly to changing circumstances, and highly efficient in terms of harnessing local resources and sustaining community-led actions. To cite only a few of many illustrative examples:
Climate Change and Natural Disasters: In response to the natural disasters in Haiti, Japan and Nepal, RfP worked with religious communities in the affected areas to assist them in relief and recovery efforts. This entailed, among other things, providing grief counseling, distributing emergency supplies and establishing multi-sectoral referral system for urgently needed services provided by different sectors of society. RfP also engages religious communities in order to advocate for a strong global climate treaty through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Empowering Women: RfP is advancing Restoring Dignity, a global initiative dedicated to engaging faith-based organizations, religious leaders, communities and individuals of faith for common action to end violence against women.
Over the years RfP has acquired high levels of experience in a number of conflict areas including: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Burundi, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the Mano River and Great Lakes African sub-regions, Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar, Iraq, Israel and Palestine and Syria.
The Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly provides a safe place to unite religious leaders and other relevant stakeholders from countries and areas of conflict for multi-religious mediation and negotiations.
The World Assembly will be entitled “Caring for Our Common Future – Advancing Shared Well-Being”, with subtopics being:
- Advancing peace by transforming violent conflict
- Advancing peace by promoting just and harmonious societies
- Advancing peace by working for sustainable, integral human development
- Advancing peace by protecting the earth
Major objectives of the Assembly include the development of an agenda with tangible agreements regarding the assumption of responsibility.
In addition to this, the World Assembly will elect the new Religions for Peace World Council of 60 religious leaders, who come from all continents and major religions. The World Council is a global agent of action with its International Secretariat located in the United Nations Plaza in New York City.
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