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Interfaith Harmony Week 2012

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Commemorations of the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week 2012 organized by Universal Peace Federation chapters in many parts of the world,

World peace can be fully accomplished only when the wisdom and efforts of the world’s religious leaders are combined cooperatively and respectfully with the endeavors of national political leaders. Absent the recognition of spiritual principles, the world has drifted increasingly toward analyses and prescriptions that are materialistic and secular in nature. In so doing, we have lost sight of the profound wisdom to be found in humanity’s spiritual heritage.
Global institutions must be built on a foundation that takes into account the full potential of the human being, not only as a political, economic, and social being, but also as a spiritual being with spiritual needs and a capacity for spiritual wisdom and insight. The legacy of the world’s great saints, prophets, sages, and spiritual leaders cannot be denied or discounted without ignoring what is most fundamental about the human being.
In too many ways the history of religion has been marked by narrow sectarianism, strife, and competitive struggle with other faiths, all to the detriment of the cherished goals and teachings of the founders and scriptures. This cannot continue. The need to eliminate corruption, selfishness, and bad governance applies not only to all nations but also to all of the world’s religions.
Lasting peace depends on cooperative partnerships between governments and religions, as well as NGOs and representatives of the private sector. The United Nations can benefit from a council of religious and spiritual leaders to bring broad vision and wisdom to the effort to address critical global problems. International conferences, publications, networking, and on-the-ground activism are mechanisms for interfaith cooperation and lay a foundation for spiritual renewal at the United Nations.

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Interfaith Harmony Week 2012

  1. 1. Albania JapanAustralia KazakhstanAustria MalaysiaBrazil MoldovaCanada NepalChile NetherlandsColombia PhilippinesCzech PolandRepublic RussiaEcuador SlovakiaGeorgia South KoreaGermany St. LuciaHonduras TaiwanHungary ThailandIndia UKIndonesia USIsrael ZambiaItaly
  2. 2. UN General AssemblyResolutionResolution “Encourages all states to support, onA/65/PV.34 a voluntary basis, the spread of theProclaims the message of interfaith harmony andfirst week ofFebruary of goodwill in the world’s churches,every year the mosques, synagogues, temples andWorld InterfaithHarmony Week other places of worship during thatbetween all week, based on love of God and lovereligions, faithsand beliefs. of one’s neighbor or on love of the good and love of one’s neighbor, eachAdopted20 October 2010 according to their own religious traditions or convictions.”
  3. 3. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 United Nations General Assembly Hall Ambassadors to the UN and UN officials join with religious leaders and representatives of faith-based charities in advocating for greater cooperation.
  4. 4. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Korca, Albania Discussing local interfaith issues
  5. 5. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Sydney, Australia Sharing about what people have learned from other faith traditions
  6. 6. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Vienna, Austria Listening to the perspectives of youth from various faiths
  7. 7. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Sao Paulo, Brazil Assembling representatives of many religions in the Sao Paulo city hall
  8. 8. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Sao Paulo, Brazil Speaking about interfaith harmony in the Sao Paulo State Congress
  9. 9. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Montreal, Canada Reading words of wisdom by notable peacemakers
  10. 10. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Santiago, Chile Introducing the value of interreligious understanding and harmony
  11. 11. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Bogota, Colombia Meeting to plan ways to develop interfaith activities
  12. 12. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Prague, Czech Republic Learning from representatives of five religions
  13. 13. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Quito, Ecuador Learning about interfaith initiatives in various parts of the world
  14. 14. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Tbilisi, Georgia Encouraging one another to spread the message of interfaith harmony
  15. 15. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Munich, Germany Exploring the mystical traditions of various religions
  16. 16. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Stuttgart, Germany Making new friends as part of building a “House of Religions”
  17. 17. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Tegucigalpa, Honduras Offering prayers for peace
  18. 18. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Budapest, Hungary Participating in a Water of Peace ceremony
  19. 19. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 New Delhi, India Debating the need for interreligious harmony
  20. 20. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Jakarta, Indonesia Exploring insights from local wisdom for peacebuilding
  21. 21. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Jakarta, Indonesia Participating in a coloring contest on the theme of “Global Harmony and Peace”
  22. 22. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Jerusalem, Israel Discussing a proposal to establish a peace academy
  23. 23. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Bergamo, Italy Pouring water into a common bowl signifying interfaith cooperation
  24. 24. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Tokyo, Japan Offering prayers for interfaith harmony and victims of the 2011 earthquake
  25. 25. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Almaty, Kazakhstan Sharing insights about interfaith initiatives in various parts of the world
  26. 26. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Pouring water into a common bowl to symbolize unity of heart
  27. 27. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Chisinau, Moldova Bridging barriers through humor drawn from various faith traditions
  28. 28. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Kathmandu, Nepal Lighting 12 candles for peace
  29. 29. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Chitwan, Nepal Learning from monks, gurus, and imams
  30. 30. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Pokhara, Nepal Sharing wisdom from eight religious traditions
  31. 31. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Amsterdam, Netherlands Enjoying the welcoming atmosphere at Amsterdam’s Dialogue Center
  32. 32. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Sultan Kudarat, Philippines Listening to the governor and bishop speak during a flag-raising ceremony at the provincial capitol
  33. 33. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Warsaw, Poland Encouraging people to go beyond tolerance to mutual acceptance and working together
  34. 34. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Moscow, Russia Promoting understanding and respect for Russia’s diverse religious traditions
  35. 35. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Kondopoga, Russia Giving a concert of sacred choral music
  36. 36. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Nizhny-Novgorod, Russia Spreading the word about Interfaith Harmony Week through an “Hour of Running”
  37. 37. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Novosibirsk, Russia Offering interreligious prayers and engaging in conversation
  38. 38. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Ryazan, Russia Publicizing a vision of interreligious harmony
  39. 39. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 St. Petersburg, Russia Visiting places of worship during a Religious Youth Service project
  40. 40. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Vladivostok, Russia Building new relationships that promote interreligious harmony
  41. 41. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Yekaterinburg, Russia Drawing on resources of many faiths in order to promote peace
  42. 42. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Bratislava, Slovakia Listening to representatives of various faiths
  43. 43. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Seoul, South Korea Lighting candles representing a commitment to interfaith respect and cooperation
  44. 44. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Anse-la-Raye, St. Lucia Discussing values taught by all religions
  45. 45. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Kaohsiung, Taiwan Visiting the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center
  46. 46. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Bangkok, Thailand Building a spirit of cooperation beyond religious and cultural boundaries
  47. 47. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 London, United Kingdom Exploring the dynamics of forgiveness and reconciliation
  48. 48. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Salt Lake City, USA Dedicating a monthly interfaith prayer breakfast as an observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week
  49. 49. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Washington, DC, USA Coming together to promote freedom, family, faith, and service
  50. 50. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 Lusaka, Zambia Building enthusiasm for interreligious dialogue and understanding
  51. 51. INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2012 For more information see upf.org/united-nations/interfaith-harmony- week

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