Second Meeting of the Coalition in support of the DECADE Initiative

The Second meeting of the Coalition would be held immediately before the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia, from 30 November to 3 December at the Holy Cross Retreat Center.

The first day would be only for the members of the Steering Committee.

Several new members of the Coalition are expected to participate in the meeting.

Main items for the agenda would be (a) reviewing the work done since the first meeting, (b) assessing the situation within the UN with regard to the DECADE proposal close to the end of the 64th session of the GA, and planning for 2010. Examining possible approaches for the “non-governmental arrangement” would be also in the agenda. Preliminary findings of the Review of partnership experiences between faith/value-based organizations, UN agencies and/or government bodies will be presented.