(BETHLEHEM, 15 December 2010)—More than 400 Muslim, Christian, and Jewish leaders from across Palestine and the world gathered on 14 December at the first International Islamic-Christian Conference in Bethlehem. Organized by Religions for Peace – Palestine, in cooperation with the Palestinian Islamic Christian Commission, the event was designed to advance dialogue and cooperation among Christians and Muslims in Palestine, and to enhance the culture of co-existence and respect for the other. This was the first conference of its kind to be held in Palestine.
—Urge the need to promote inter-faith values and tolerance to promote dialogue and peace — (NEW YORK, 30 November 2010) —Religions for Peace, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Indonesia and the United States Mission to the United Nations, welcomed a high-level multi-religious delegation from Indonesia in a roundtable discussion on ―Advancing Multireligious Cooperation for Peace: Learnings from Indonesia.‖ The event gathered more than 100 religious, diplomatic, and civil society leaders at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
(NEW YORK, 4 October 2010) —Young leaders from the world’s great religious traditions convened in New York on 4 October to deliver a petition signed by more than 20 million people from 140 countries to H.E. Mr. Sergio de Queiroz Duarte, United Nations Secretary-General’s High Representative for Disarmament. The petition calls on all governments to officially pledge to cut their military budgets by 10% and re-allocate those funds toward development.
Press Release-Religions for Peace multi-religious consultation on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) convenes and strengthens partnership with the United Nations
Religions for Peace, in collaboration with the UN Millennium Campaign, World Justice Project and the World Council of Churches, and with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, convened a multi-religious consultation on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly’s High Level Plenary on the MDGs. The convening brought together expert religious leaders, government representatives, civil society representatives, and partners, including the United Nations Foundation (UNF), the UN Development Program (UNDP), UNIFEM, World Vision U.S, and Church Development Service (EDD), among others.
Press Release - Religions for Peace African Council of Religious Leaders to Play Leading Role as the African Union–Interfaith Dialogue Forum Is Formed
The Religions for Peace African Council of Religious Leaders was requested by the African Union (AU) to coordinate a newly formed Permanent Steering Committee of the AU designed to advance cooperation between the AU and religious communities on the continent.
Christians and Muslims are uniting in Nigeria to reject the violence advanced by the terrorist group, Boko Haram. Last Friday (30 January 2012), this violent group killed at least 184 people and raised the specter of an escalating spiral of violence. Yesterday, police found large numbers of explosives, including ten cars packed with explosives, linked to the group. It is the shared view of many Nigerian Muslims and Christians that Boko Haram grossly distorts the Islamic religion by claiming it as a justification for its violent terrorism.
The Very Rev. Leonid Kishkovsky, Moderator of Religions for Peace, was among the religious leaders of different faiths from thirty-two countries who attended the World Summit of Religious Leaders in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 26-17 April 2010.
Dr. William F. Vendley, Secretary General of Religions for Peace, was the only non-government official to give a keynote address at the Non-Aligned Movement meeting in Manila, the Philippines.
25-27 January 2010, Jakarta, Indonesia