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December 2011. The suggested “UN Decade of Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace” does not find enough political support within the UN General Assembly and is removed from its agenda. The Coalition activates its search for an alternative global vehicle within the UN, while keeping the core objectives pursued by the proposed decade.

02.04.12

Two consultations to the member states were conducted by DESA on behalf of the UN Secretary-General in 2009 and 2011 about the convenience of proclaiming a “UN Decade of Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace”.1 Although the idea found support from many countries, the European Union as a block opposed, arguing that the UN could play a facilitating role in the field of intercultural and interreligious dialogue, but should not lead such a dialogue. Since this kind of resolutions is normally adopted by consensus, the suggested UN Decade is likely to remain for some time not politically viable within the General Assembly.

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January 2012: UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon makes public his “Secretary-General Five-Year Action Agenda” which gives high priority to the achievement of the MDGs and promises to scale up UN capacity to engage in transformative multi-stakeholder partnerships with various social actors, including civil society organizations

02.02.12

Egypt’s Muslims attend Coptic Christmas mass, serving as ‘human shields’

11.01.11

Yasmine El-Rashidi,
Friday January 7 2011

Muslims turned up in droves for the Coptic Christmas mass Thursday night, offering their bodies, and lives, as ‘shields’ to Egypt ’s threatened Christian community

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World Interfaith Harmony Week:

17.11.10

The General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed on 15 October 2010 the first week of February as “World Interfaith Harmony Week”. The King of Jordan promoted that resolution which was adopted by unanimity. In its core paragraph the resolution.
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2010 G8 Religious Leaders Summit

24.06.10

Religious leaders from diverse faiths are gathering once again before the G8 meeting of political leaders which this time will be held on 25-27 June in Canada. In this occasion the religious leaders will send a unified message to the political leaders calling them to do their best for achieving the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations the year 2000.

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

26.04.10

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.

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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

03.02.10

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”.
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THE DECADE INITIATIVE AT THE 2009 PARLIAMENT OF WORLD’S RELIGIONS

03.02.10

The 2009 Parliament of World’s Religions -the most important interfaith event of the year- took place in Melbourne, Australia, on 3-9 December 2009. With over 6,000 participants from all over the world, the Parliament was a forum for presenting and discussing a large variety of matters in its seven plenary sessions and hundreds of specialized parallel sessions. The DECADE Initiative was present at the Parliament through three main channels: A brief presentation at one of the plenary sessions, a symposium of two sessions, and the wide distribution of a brochure. (See The Video)

CALLING FOR A CLIMATE CHANGE AGREEMENT

30.10.09

The United Nations Climate Conference will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 7 to 9 December 2009. The TckTckTck project is a global alliance of civil society organizations, trade unions and faith groups calling for a fair, ambitious and binding climate change agreement at that conference.

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ARC/UNDP*CELEBRATION OF FAITH AND THE ENVIRONMENT

26.10.09

Faith leaders from around the world will meet at Windsor, United Kingdom, from 2 to 4 November 2009, at an event hosted by Prince Philip and attended by the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon to discuss and announce their long term initiatives to Protect the Living Planet.

* Alliance of Religions and Conservation – United Nations Development Programme

Windsor, 15 October 2009

http://www.windsor2009.org/