Language Sites
  • UCAN China
  • UCAN India
  • UCAN Indonesia
  • UCAN Vietnam

UN adopts Manila interfaith proposal

Dialogue planned to help foster peace and development

UN adopts Manila interfaith proposal
Leaders from different religions join an interfaith prayer service in Manila
Julian Labores, Manila
Philippines

January 10, 2011

Mail This Article
(For more than one recipient, type addresses separated by commas)


The United Nations adopted a resolution sponsored by the Philippines that pushes for interfaith dialogue for global peace and development. The Philippine mission to the United Nations said the UN General Assembly’s 65th session adopted the resolution that was co-sponsored by 54 other states. “This brings to the fore the importance of a holistic approach to help solve the challenges to global peace and development we now face,” said Ambassador Libran Cabactulan, Philippine representative to the UN. “What we are striving to do is to draw peoples closer in greater understanding and respect in order to move them forward together towards peace and development,” Cabactulan said in a statement. He said the so-called “hard approach” is not sufficient to bring peace for so long as there is suspicion, bigotry and extremism. “These evils have to be addressed, and these are addressed through the important human dimensions of religion and culture.” Throughout the three-month negotiations for the text of the resolution, the sponsors highlighted concrete interreligious and intercultural dialogue projects that have helped foster an environment of peace. Cabactulan cited strong civil society movements in the southern Philippines that supported interfaith dialogue and resulted in better relations among the Christian, Muslim and tribal communities there. “Interfaith dialogue is an important component of the Philippines’ peace and development program and similar experiences and outcomes in other parts of the world attest to the need for greater dialogue and understanding and their positive impact on societies and peace and security,” he said. Related reports Interfaith dialogue aims at common good Talks between religions ‘good for business’ Time to take interfaith talks further, says priest PR12768.1636
UCAN needs your support to continue our independent journalism
Access to UCAN stories is completely free of charge - however it costs a significant amount of money to provide our unique content. UCAN relies almost entirely on donations from our readers and donor organizations that support our mission. If you are a regular reader and are able to support us financially, please consider making a donation. Click here to donate now.
La Civiltà Cattolica
 

LATEST

Support Our Journalism

Access to UCAN stories is completely free of charge - however it costs a significant amount of money to provide our unique content. UCAN relies almost entirely on donations from our readers and donor organizations that support our mission. If you are a regular reader and are able to support us financially, please consider making a donation.

Quick Donate

Or choose your own donation amount