NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT ADOPTS DECLARATION AND PROGRAMME OF ACTION ON INTERFAITH DIALOGUE AND COOPERATION FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT

On 16-18 March 2010 the Philippines hosted the Special Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Ministerial Meeting on Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation (SNAMMM) with the participation of over 120 foreign delegations.

The SNAMMM addressed the existing, new and emerging challenges to the promotion of a culture of peace and development.  It also reaffirmed that the common fundamental values contained in the United Nations Millennium Declaration of freedom, equality, solidarity, tolerance, respect for nature, and shared responsibility are essential to international relations.

Of special interest for the DECADE Initiative is paragraph 27 of SNAMMM’s Declaration, which acknowledges “the important and significant role civil society, faith-based non-governmental organizations and media could play in promoting interfaith and intercultural dialogue and understanding towards fostering social justice, and, in particular, the attainment of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals”. Furthermore, in its Progamme of Action, SNAMMM “Encourage faith-based non-governmental organizations and civil society to support the efforts of governments as well as to develop partnerships among each other, in order to cooperate for social and economic justice, for all within the society”.

118 countries are associated to NAM, having Mr. Hosi Mubarak, President of Egypt, as its Secretary-General.

Read the Declaration and Progamme of Action