Vision and Mission

PEACE is a common aspiration for Humanity, a shared value for religions and a core goal of the United Nations.

Vision

The long-term vision of a United Nations Decade of Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Understanding and Cooperation for Peace is for a genuine and lasting peace that will be deeply rooted in diverse people’s spiritual beliefs and cultures as well as in the hearts of all human beings.

We seek a peace that is based upon:

  • equitable, caring and harmonious societies
  • respect for and adherence to human rights
  • respect for all manifestations of life
  • justice for all
  • economics of sharing rather than economics of excess and greed
  • the appreciation of people’s cultural and spiritual diversity
  • dialogue replacing all forms of violence for preventing and resolving conflicts
  • care for Earth and sustainable development.

Mission

Realizing this vision requires the mobilization of the immense spiritual, human and organizational resources of the religious communities, interfaith organizations, spiritual traditions and movements, indigenous communities, and other values-based civil society constituencies. The mobilization of these Decade civil society partners will be grounded in grass-root efforts, and aligned with the pertinent United Nations objectives, such as the Millennium Development Goals, the respect of Human Rights, decent work for all, dialogue among civilizations, promoting a culture of peace and nonviolence, peace-building and shared security.

This Decade is envisioned as a partnership between the United Nations, its member states and agencies, and civil society constituencies. Consequently, this Decade is expected to be implemented mainly through the active participation of the Decade civil society partners in United Nations “days”, “weeks” and conferences, such as the International Day of Peace, the World Interfaith Harmony Week and the Rio + 20 Conference, as well as through long lasting multi-faith partnerships towards shared goals.

The proposed United Nations Decade is a call to put the Golden Rule into united practice all over the world.

Expected Outcomes

We expect that, as the DECADE comes to a close, the proposed interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation will have contributed to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, the very foundations for sustainable peace, in particular:

  • End extreme poverty and hunger
  • Make basic education universal, including education for peace
  • Assure gender equality
  • Enable social structures to support child health, maternal health and the combat of HIV/Aids
  • Develop support for environmental sustainability
  • Foster global partnerships for action.

We also expect the flourishing of a long lasting culture of cooperation among the Decade civil society partners with the United Nations at all levels in order to:

  • Enhance the respect for the rights of all human beings – particularly those of women, children, youth, migrants, refugees and displaced people
  • Make available decent jobs for all those who want to work and abolish any form of child-labor abuse and slavery
  • Encourage responsible behavior towards the environment
  • Set up social institutions that facilitate intercultural and interreligious dialogue and cooperation as well as the peaceful resolution of conflicts at all levels.

Each partnership developed under the Decade Initiative will define specific goals, objectives, and projected outcomes and will be evaluated by using processes already available in the partner United Nations agencies to which the partnerships are linked.