Third Meeting of the Coalition will be again in Maryknoll, now on 7-9 March 2011

The Coalition supporting the Decade Initiative will have its third meeting on 7-9 March 2011 at the Retreat Center of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in Ossining, New York, where the Coalition was constituted in March 2009.

Two important developments in the UN have led to a change in the original agenda for this meeting. They are (a) the proclamation by the General Assembly in October 2010 and first celebration on February 2011 of the “World Interfaith Harmony Week” and (b) the announcement of the second consultation by the UN Secretariat to the member states on their views about proclaiming a “decade of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace”. This is a crucial opportunity for lobbying to get the needed political support to have the proposed decade proclaimed.

Consequently the Coalition is expected to work on a double track strategic approach, dealing simultaneously with getting political support to the proposed Decade and continue exploring promising avenues for partnering with the UN towards shared goals.

(See agenda and program)