THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY MAINTAINS THE IDEA OF A “DECADE OF INTERRELIGIOUS COOPERATION FOR PEACE” IN ITS AGENDA, WHILE POSTPONING A DECISION ON THIS MATTER

On 7 December 2009 the General Assembly of the United Nations approved once again a resolution (A/RES/64/81) labeled “Promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace”.

In its last paragraph the resolution …

“Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at its sixty-fifth session on the implementation of the present resolution and, at its sixtysixth session, in coordination with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, to further solicit views of Member States on the possibility of proclaiming a United Nations decade for interreligious and intercultural dialogue and cooperation for peace, building on the information contained in the reports of the Secretary-General at the sixty-fourth and sixty-fifth sessions and the relevant initiatives to be taken in the course of 2010.”

Although the possibility of proclaiming a UN Decade of Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue and Cooperation remains in the GA agenda, a decision on this matter is now likely to be postponed until 2011.

(See the full text of the revised project of resolution; the final text has not yet been published by the UN UNGA resolution A.64.L15.rev1)