Initiative for a
and Intercultural Dialogue,
Understanding and Cooperation
At the beginning of April 2012 the Steering Committee of the Coalition will start a consultation with all its member organizations about the future of the Coalition. Since the proclamation by the UN General Assembly of the proposed UN decade is not any longer a politically viable immediate objective, the Steering Committee is proposing for the consideration of the Coalition members: (Read More…)
Successful Stories of Partnership towards UN goals
December 2011. The suggested “UN Decade of Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace” does not find enough political support within the UN General Assembly and is removed from its agenda. The Coalition activates its search for an alternative global vehicle within the UN, while keeping the core objectives pursued by the proposed decade.
Two consultations to the member states were conducted by DESA on behalf of the UN Secretary-General in 2009 and 2011 about the convenience of proclaiming a “UN Decade of Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace”.1 Although the idea found support from many countries, the European Union as a block opposed, arguing that the UN could play a facilitating role in the field of intercultural and interreligious dialogue, but should not lead such a dialogue. Since this kind of resolutions is normally adopted by consensus, the suggested UN Decade is likely to remain for some time not politically viable within the General Assembly.
January 2012: UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon makes public his “Secretary-General Five-Year Action Agenda” which gives high priority to the achievement of the MDGs and promises to scale up UN capacity to engage in transformative multi-stakeholder partnerships with various social actors, including civil society organizations
Friday January 7 2011
Muslims turned up in droves for the Coptic Christmas mass Thursday night, offering their bodies, and lives, as ‘shields’ to Egypt ’s threatened Christian community