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Dialogue & Alliance: World Interfaith Harmony Week Print E-mail
By UPF International   
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Dialogue & Alliance: A Journal of the Universal Peace Federation
Vol. 26, No. 1: Spring 2012
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Dialogue & Alliance promotes conversation and understanding among people of faith for the sake of peace.

Theme: World Interfaith Harmony Week 2012 Observance at the United Nations
Transcripts of seeches at the World Interfaith Harmony Week 2012 observance at the United Nations General Assembly, February 7, 2012
[for a report of the event, click here.]

Common Ground for the Common Good
H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President, United Nations General Assembly

Common Cause in Mutual Respect
H.E. Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Religious Liberty and Peace
H.E. Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikatt, Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations

Interfaith Is Alive and Well
Monica Willard, President, Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations

The Imperative of Dialogue
Philippe Kridelka, Director, UNESCO Liaison Office, New York

An Alliance of Civilizations
Dr. Marc Scheuer, Director, Secretariat of the UN Alliance of Civilizations

Common Ground among the World’s Religions
Dr. William F. Vendley, Secretary General, Religions for Peace

Hinduism, Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation
Acharya Shri Shrivatsa Goswami, Sri Caitanya Prema Samsthana, Vrindavan, India

Fusion of the Sacred and Secular
Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha

Spirituality, Education and Peace
H.E. Ambassador U. Joy Ogwu, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations

Peaceful Mediation of Conflict through Interfaith Dialogue
Dr. Prof. M. Din Syamsuddin, Muhammadiyah and Indonesia Ulama Council

An Interfaith Path to Peace
Rabbi David Rosen, American Jewish Committee Department for Interreligious Affairs

The Great Commandment
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Founder, Cordoba Initiative

An Interfaith Code of Conduct for Disaster Relief
Bill Canny, Catholic Relief Services

Faith-based Organizations and Japan's Earthquake Disaster
Yuka Saionji, Byakko Shinko Kai and the Goi Peace Foundation

Harmony Among Religions at the United Nations?
Katherine Marshall, Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University, USA

Interfaith Harmony and Human Development
Dr. Azza Karam, United Nations Population Fund

We Need to Update Our Morality
Ven. Dr. Chung Ohun Lee, Won Buddhism International

Peace and the Presence of God
Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Agape International Spiritual Center

Civil Society and Rio+20
H.E. Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations

Closing Remarks
H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President, United Nations General Assembly


Mutual Enrichment
Rev. Marcus Braybrooke, President, World Congress of Faiths

Finding the Heart of Peace
Chad Ford, Professor of Conflict Resolution, Brigham Young University, Hawaii

Interfaith Bridge Building
Hon. David Kilgour, Former Minister of State for Africa & Latin America, Former Minister of State for Asia, Canada

Waging Holy Peace
Rabbi Justus Baird, Director, Multifaith Education, Auburn Theological Seminary, New York, USA

How People Live
Joy Pople, Assistant Communications Director, Universal Peace Federation

All Religions Call for Peace
Dr. Ahmad Kanaan, Assistant Judge, Higher Sunni Islamic Court, Lebanon

No ‘Just War’ in Early Christian Ethics
David W. T. Brattston, Writer on early and contemporary Christianity