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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.

UPF chapters in 34 nations organized events for World Interfaith Harmony Week, the first week of February 2012.

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A World Interfaith Harmony Week celebration took place on Feb. 7, 2012, at the UN General Assembly hosted by the President, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser.

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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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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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Korça, Albania - Following its annual plan, the Local Peace Council in Korca commemorated World Interfaith Harmony Week on February 7. Although the weather was very cold and it was snowing heavily, the theme of "Interfaith Harmony and Korça Contribution" attracted participants and gained the attention of the national media.

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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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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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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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Tegucigalpa, Honduras - With a video, readings, prayers, and lunch, UPF-Honduras celebrated World Interfaith Harmony Week on February 4 at the Peace Embassy. Other events included work on a medical clinic and an information booth at a park.

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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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Sultan Kudarat, Philippines - UPF-Philippines together with the Provincial Government of Sultan Kudarat on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines led by the Governor of the province, Hon. Datu Suharto T. Mangudadatu, Al Haj, celebrated the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week on February 6 with a flag raising ceremony at the Sultan Kudarat Gymnasium and Cultural Center.

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Tokyo, Japan - A commemoration of the United Nations annual World Interfaith Harmony Week was hosted by UPF-Japan on January 18 in Tokyo as the opening program of an Ambassadors for Peace Council Meeting.

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Bogota, Colombia - World Interfaith Harmony Week was commemorated in Colombia on February 3 with two events: an interreligious breakfast at the Peace Embassy and a gathering of the board of directors of the Teusaquillo Peace Territory at the American College in Bogota.

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Chisinau, Moldova - To commemorate World Interfaith Harmony Week, a Day of Interfaith Humor took place on January 23 in Chisinau. A presentation about how humor can unite followers of different religions was demonstrated to the 100 participants.

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Lusaka, Zambia - In accordance with the UN resolution to declare the first week of February as World Interfaith Harmony Week, UPF-Zambia held a one-day seminar on February 4 in Lusaka. The 50 participants included leaders of various faiths, students, NGO leaders, and Ambassadors for Peace.

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Santiago, Chile - A celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week took place on February 6. The speaker was Pastor Juan C. Adasme of the National Council of Evangelical Churches.

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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 16 entitled: “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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As thousands of Maoist fighters were being released from military cantonments wher they had lived since 2006, religious leaders from eight faith traditions were commemorating the UN’s second annual World Interfaith Harmony Week in Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara, Nepal.

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Quito, Ecuador - UPF-Ecuador organized a meeting for Interfaith Harmony Week at the Peace Embassy in Quito on February 7. Participants were representatives of Catholicism, Protestantism and Unificationism.

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Sydney, Australia - The first Ambassadors for Peace public meeting in Sydney for 2012 celebrated the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week. Over 60 people attended the February 6 event, which featured the theme: “Towards an Era of Interfaith Cooperation and Universal Peace.”

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Warsaw, Poland - UPF and the Women's Federation for World Peace organized a meeting in Warsaw on February 4 for representatives of different religions under the motto From religious tolerance to acceptance and working together to build world peace.

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Tbilisi, Georgia - A commemoration of World Interfaith Harmony Week took place at the office of “Georgia in Support for Refugees” in Tbilisi on February 4. The event brought together 20 representatives from different NGOs, Ambassadors for Peace, former political leaders, youth leaders, and students.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands - UPF-Netherlands organized an interfaith dinner on February 9 in commemoration of World Interfaith Harmony Week.

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan - The program for World Interfaith Harmony Week in Taiwan was a trip on February 4 to the recently inaugurated Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung.

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