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World Interfaith Harmony Week 2012

UN World Interfaith Harmony Week

A World Interfaith Harmony Week observance took place February 7, 2012 in the UN General Assembly Hall on the theme "Common Ground for the Common Good." The President of the 66th Session of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, said in announcing the event: "In our conflict-ridden world, I believe it is important to recognize the historical good done by people of all faiths in many of the areas of the work of the United Nations as well as the current successful partnerships in various parts of the world between UN agencies and religious groups particularly in meeting the humanitarian needs of disaster-stricken people." For a PowerPoint overview of UPF observances, click here.

Brno, Czech Republic - Based on the success of the World Interfaith Harmony Week conference in Prague in February 2012, UPF-Brno was inspired to convene a similar conference in their city on March 16.

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Montreal, Canada - Canadian Ambassadors for Peace and friends gathered in Montreal on February 20 in support of World Interfaith Harmony Week by reading prayers from the sacred scriptures of Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Native traditions and more. Important commentary by academicians, religious and political leaders such as Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama, Hans Kung, and others set the tone for a lively exchange of testimonies and reflections on the meaning of peace.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - UPF-Malaysia organized a celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week in Kuala Lumpur on February 18 that included a showing of the documentary "With One Voice."

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Anse-la-Raye, St. Lucia - Mr. Remy Taupier, Secretary General of UPF-St. Lucia give a presentation about the common goals and values of religions to students in Anse-la-Raye on February 16. Afterwards, students gathered in small groups to discuss questions related to the presentation.

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Washington, DC, USA - Commemorating World Interfaith Harmony Week, UPF-DC held a dinner for distinguished speakers at The Washington Times on February 16entitled: “Common Ground for the Common Good.” Nearly 100 guests from the diplomatic, NGO, religious, and civic communities listened in rapt attention to four distinguished speakers. Mrs. Tomiko Duggan, Director of the UPF Office of Embassy Relations, introduced the video of current UPF programs and Mr. Thomas McDevitt, president of The Washington Times, greeted the audience.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil - UPF-Brazil organized an interfaith dialogue and celebration at the City Hall of Sao Paulo on February 9. On February 14, an interfaith meeting took place in the Paulo Kobayashi Auditorium of the Sao Paulo State Congress.

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UPF-Italy organized World Interfaith Harmony Week commemorations in Bergamo, Milan, and Torino.

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Jerusalem, Israel - Celebrating the UN Interfaith Harmony Week, a group of key Ambassadors for Peace gathered in Jerusalem on February 12. Several prominent academics joined the religious leaders in expressing their concern for the current state of affairs in the Middle East and the Korean peninsula.

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Cagayan de Oro, Philippines - In commemoration of World Interfaith Harmony Week, UPF-Mindanao organized a one-day seminar on February 11 for Ambassadors for Peace with the theme: “Love of God and Love of the Neighbor/Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbor".

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Jakarta, Indonesia - UPF-Indonesia organized World Interfaith Harmony Week programs at the Christian University of Indonesia on February 10 and at Sekolah Wijayakusuma on February 11.

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Bratislava, Slovakia - UPF Slovakia inspired an interreligious event on February 10 in the chapel of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church in Bratislava.

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Almaty, Kazakhstan - UPF invited Ambassadors for Peace and members of the African Union to a February 10 meeting at the Peace Embassy in honor of World Interfaith Harmony Week.

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