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Interfaith Programs

UPF organizes programs that help build understanding, respect and cooperation among people of different faiths.

There is not peace in the world today. One cannot go a single day without hearing of a new tragedy, a new senseless act of violence occurring somewhere in the world. There is the common misconception that religious institutions are outdated, unwilling to come together in search for a solution. The 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was on December 10, 2008, and this became an excellent opportunity to show differently.

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Macau - People from different religious backgrounds shared their views with the understanding that God should remain at the center of the discussions. World peace will only be possible if God can be seen as our common center.

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Macau, People's Republic of China - An interfaith dialogue on Jan. 27, 2009, grew out of the sense that God has been longing for people from different backgrounds and traditions to gather and discuss ways to create world peace.

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New York, USA - Youth from various faiths addressed the Interfaith Youth Leaders Forum held at the UN Headquarters in New York on Dec. 2, 2008.

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Young leaders of the world’s religions and faith communities issued a declaration on interfaith cooperation at a Nov. 22, 2008 meeting in London.

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London, England - Although the popularity of the interfaith focus session during GPF-UK could have been predicted, the level of popularity was unprecedented: Extra chairs had to be brought into the conference room even after the focus session had started in order to accommodate the large number of participants.

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Participants in a conference on Interreligious Cooperation for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity held in Bergamo, Italy, Nov. 15-16, 2008, adopted a declaration on interreligious cooperation.

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Manila, Philippines - The seventh Assembly of the Asian Conference of Religions for Peace on the theme "Peacemaking in Asia" brought together about 400 delegates from October 17 to 21, representing various religions throughout Asia.

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Nice, France - Imam Othmane Aissaoui invited Jewish and Christian representatives to a special dinner at the mosque in Nice, France, to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fast on Sept. 24, 2008.

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The founding document of the Geneva Interfaith Intercultural Alliance on Sept. 2, 2008, describes the organization's vision, mission, projects and leadership.

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Geneva, Switzerland - A conference on Interfaith Cooperation and the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity Sept. 1-2, 2008 brought together a broad range of leaders to address the contribution of faiths to peace and human dignity, focusing on the potential role of an interfaith advisory council within the United Nations.

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Geneva Declaration on Interreligious Cooperation Drafted in the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, on September 1, 2008.

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