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Building Collaborative Communities: Enhancing Cooperation Among People of Different Faiths

25-27 January 2010
Jakarta, Indonesia

Borobudur Hotel

Religions for Peace partnered with the U.S. Department of State to facilitate the U.S.-Indonesia Interfaith Cooperation Forum  held in Jakarta, Indonesia, during 25–27 January 2010. The Department of Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Indonesia graciously agreed to host this bi-lateral dialogue.

The program engaged religious leaders and civil society representatives from the U.S. and Indonesia, as well as key religious leaders from other South-East Asia countries, in a dialogue aimed at producing shared actions in four key areas of development: poverty, education, climate change, and good governance. Outcome documents and other supporting materials are listed at the close of this introduction.

This Forum represented the first major effort for follow-up action on the model of inter-religious cooperation upheld in U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic speech in Cairo. Further, the Jakarta dialogue is connected to the overall work envisioned in the Partnerships Report by the Inter-religious Cooperation Task Force and President's Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, on which the Religions for Peace Secretary General, Dr. William F. Vendley, served. 

At this Forum, Religions for Peace convened twenty religious leaders from the U.S., twenty senior-level religious leaders from Indonesia, and ten religious leaders from South-East Asia countries. The overall goal is to build collaborative  partnerships across and between faith communities, NGOs, and governments.  The aim is to facilitate a culture of open dialogue with the end goals of generating shared actions and mobilizing religious communities that foster tolerance, build social cohesion, and advance peaceful co-existence.

Following the forum, Religions for Peace staff are working with US and Indonesian religious leaders to support further confidence-building and to review post-meeting plans of action with goal of strengthening local capacities. 


View photos from the event here

Additional Resources
Jakarta One-Page Summary
Jakarta Closing Press Release (01-28-10) 
Jakarta Statement with Signatories (01-28-10)
Jakarta Agenda
Jakarta-Ari Alexander-Final Remarks (01-27-10)
Jakarta Dialogue Participants List
Jakarta Dialogue Participant Biographies
Jakarta Dialogue Press Release Draft (01-21-10)
Jakarta Selected Press Summary


U.S. Government Post-Event Documentation

U.S. Government Post-Event Announcement
A New Era of Partnerships: A Report of Recommendations to the U.S. President