World Interfaith Harmony Week

The United Nations General Assembly has unanimously established World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Stemming from the A Common Word initiative, the week actively strives to promote harmonious engagement between all communities of faith.

The resolution was first proposed by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. It was introduced and explained at the UN by HRH Prince Ghazi of Jordan. You can read his speech in full here.

CIP is delighted to support the week. To find out more about the week, visit the World Interfaith Harmony Week website.

The UN Resolution says:

The General Assembly,
1. Reaffirms that mutual understanding and interreligious
dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace;
2. Proclaims the first week of February of every year the World
Interfaith Harmony Week between all religions, faiths and beliefs;
3. Encourages all States to support, on a voluntary basis, the
spread of the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world's
Churches, Mosques, Synagogues, Temples and other places of Worship during
that week based on Love of God and Love of the Neighbor, or based on Love of
the Good and Love of the Neighbor, each according to their own religious
traditions or convictions;
4. Requests the Secretary-General to keep the General Assembly
informed of the implementation of the present resolution.

We believe this idea has the potential to do a lot of good in the world by:

(1)   'Co-ordinating and uniting the efforts of all the interfaith
groups doing positive work with one focused theme at one specific time
annually, thereby increasing their collective momentum and eliminating
redundancy.
(2)   Harnessing and utilizing the collective might of the world's
second-largest infrastructure (that of places of worship - the largest being
that of education) specifically for peace and harmony in the
world: inserting, as it were, the right 'software' into the world's
religious 'hardware'.
(3)   Permanently and regularly encouraging the silent majority of
preachers to declare themselves for peace and harmony and providing a
ready-made vehicle for them to do so. Moreover, if preachers and teachers
commit themselves on the record once a year to peace and harmony, this means
that when the next inter-religious crisis or provocation occurs, they cannot
then relapse into parochial fear and mistrust, and  will be more likely to
resist the winds of popular demagoguery.'