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Advocacy Document for His Royal Highness Prince Hassan bin Talal during his visit to His Holiness Pope Francis



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His Royal Highness Prince Hassan bin Talal visited His Holiness Pope Francis on September 4, 2014. This document contains an appeal for a new humanitarian order to address growing inequality, and presents a five point action plan to help ensure a more just, secure and tolerant world.

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Advocacy Document for His Royal Highness Prince Hassan bin Talal during his visit to His Holiness Pope Francis

  1. 1. Building a Template of Hope Today, we continue to bear witness to horrific acts of violence, many of which are committed in the name of religion. These tragic events that continue to occur in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the world should not cause us to doubt the value of religion and faith. Rather, they should remind us of their important role in reaffirming the sacredness of every human being. Now is the time to reaffirm our common code of ethics based on human solidarity and to condemn acts of sacrilege, be they of man against man, man against nature or man-made disasters. As a gesture of respect for these shared ethics of human solidarity that bring us all together, we ask all people to remember that participating in a religious act is to open a window on the world. In this spirit, it is important to engage in dialogue with people from different faiths, and to treat our sacred spaces, not as venues for division, but as places for dialogue and constructive exchange. Even as we converse, we must engage in a contest of views that does not kill objectivity. We can accomplish this by working together on themes of common interest rather than by talking at each other about our differences. We can find ground for cooperation by referring to the respect for human dignity that is common to all of our faiths. It is no coincidence that a common tenet in all of our religions is that of the Golden Rule – that we treat others as we want to be treated ourselves. In this spirit, we can learn not to succumb to the flaw and tragedy of the relations between Cain and Abel, and remember that we are the keepers and protectors of our fellow human beings.
  2. 2. Call to Action To promote a sense of shared humanitarianism and repay the debt we owe to Mesopotamia and our most ancient civilizations, we ask that the nations of the world undertake coordinated action along the following five fronts: 1. We appeal to the higher bodies in the international community to reestablish a New International Humanitarian Order proposed by Jordan and adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1981. This order would help ensure that humanitarian concerns are placed at the center of our national and global policies. 2. The scope of international humanitarian law should be broadened to include The Law of Peace relating to human welfare. We have always spoken of the ways to wage war – now is the time to wage peace. 3. The gains of market based globalization have not been shared by all. We ask that the leaders of the world actively develop and further faith based mechanisms such as zakat to help the poorest of the poor, irrespective of race or religion, around the world. 4. It is essential to illustrate to our youth that they can develop a sense of well- being and fraternity through communities of faith. Else, we run the risk of our youth adopting extremist positions as they look to develop a sense of meaning of life, brotherhood and belonging. 5. As the nations of the world come together to finalize the post-2015 development agenda, the moral lobby of faith that is still strong across the world must act in cohesion to ensure that human dignity is at the forefront of all development efforts. It is only through our collective action that we will be able to reaffirm our common human dignity and build a credible template of hope. El Hassan bin Talal 4 September 2014