Our current work at the UN is in coalition, with a set of partners including
- Mining Working Group
- Women’s Major Group
- United Nations Environmental Program
- NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief
Moral Imperative Initiative
In April 2015, over 40 global religious and faith-based organization leaders issued a “Moral and Spiritual Imperative to End Extreme Poverty.” The Moral Imperative Initiative creates multifaith moral arguments to address poverty change behavior towards our planet.
World Interfaith Harmony Week
The TOU contributes to World Interfaith Harmony Week. Recent key events include:
- In 2015, the TOU celebrated by hosting a conference on “Interfaith Harmony: Peace and Nonviolence” with our partners in India.
- In 2013, the TOU served on the Religious NGOs Planning Team for United for a Culture of Peace through Interfaith Harmony.
Tri-Partite Forum for Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace
In early 2000, the TOU participated in forming the Tripartite Forum with the Mission of the Philippines and many UN Agencies and NGO’s.
Since 2005, at the invitation of Member States, the Committee of Religious NGO’s (CRNGO), of which the TOU’s UN representative is now President, has worked closely with the Department of Economic and Social Affaires (DESA), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and other United Nations Agencies to implement GA Resolution 61/221, which calls for interreligious dialogue in order to achieve peace. This initiative has gained ground over the past three years bringing interfaith values into the heart of the UN.
See tripartiteinterfaithforum.org for more information on this important movement within the UN.
Interreligious & Intercultural Dialogue
On October 4, 5 and 8, 2007, the CRNGO was invited to participate in planning the first High Level Dialogue on Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding and Cooperation for Peace, held for members of the United Nations General Assembly and Civil Society. This is the first time that the General Assembly has asked governments to report on how they incorporate interreligious and intercultural values in the United Nations..
The proposal for a Decade of Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace, initiated in Geneva, is an important focus of the CRNGO work at the United Nations.