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The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) is a global network of individuals and organizations dedicated to building a world of peace centered on universal spiritual and moral values.



If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.
Marian Wright Edelman

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This age of globalization needs enlightened people in each faith who can examine their sacred writings and traditions and identify the aspects that can benefit all humanity as well as those that preserve each religion's identity. The UN designated the first week of February every year as World Interfaith Harmony Week with the motto of "Love of God and Love of the Neighbor" / "Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbor." UPF calls on people of faith to honor the Divine indwelling in a way that encourages understanding, respect, and cooperation among people of all faiths for the well-being of our communities and peace in the world.

World Interfaith Harmony Week observances may include:

  • Prayers and readings from various religions (PowerPoint presentation in English | French | Russian | Spanish), which can be read as representatives of various religions each light a candle or pour water into a common bowl
  • A forum
  • Music, dancing, and other expressions of various faiths
  • Showing a documentary film about interfaith peacebuilding, followed by a group discussion
  • Working together to address a need in the community

Programs in 2014

Argentina - UPF Peace Embassy in Buenos Aires
Australia - UPF headquarters in Sydney
Austria - Vienna International Center (UN headquarters in Vienna)
Bangladesh, University of Dhaka
Brazil, Sao Paulo City Hall
Canada - UPF headquarters in Montreal
Colombia - Visits to various places of worship in Bogota
Czech Republic - An interreligious conference in Prague
Ecuador - UPF Peace Embassy in Quito
Germany - UPF community center in Stuttgart
India - UN Information Centre in New Delhi; Siliguri, West Bengal, and Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Indonesia - UPF center in Medan
Israel - Forum in Kfar Kana
Japan - Program in Tokyo
Malaysia - UPF Peace Embassy in Kuala Lumpur
Moldova - Sports competition among students of different nationalities and religions
New Zealand - Visits to various places of worship in Auckland
Nigeria - UPF Peace Embassy in Abuja
Norway - Central Jamaat e Ahl-e Sunnat in Oslo
Philippines - UPF Peace Embassy in Manila
Russia - programs in Moscow, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg
UK - Parliament Building in London
US - Washington, DC

Photos of UPF-related observances of World Interfaith Harmony Week in 2012 and 2013 included in the video shown at the Feb. 12, 2014 World Interfaith Harmony Week program at the UN Trusteeship Council Chamber in New York, with the theme "A Vital Key for Peace and Development."


UPF observances of World Interfaith Harmony Week: 2011, 2012, 2013,
2014 

 

Resources

Backgrounder about World Interfaith Harmony Week
Statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

First observance of World Interfaith Harmony week at the UN General Assembly Hall, February 7, 2012
World Interfaith Harmony Week was commemorated at the UN for the first time on February 7, 2012. The President of the 66th Session of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, said in announcing the event in the General Assembly Hall: "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." [Read more]