Conference on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace

Wednesday, 22 June 2005, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Conference Room 4, UN Headquarters, New York
Issue paper Enhancing Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation towards Peace in the 21 st Century


  This conference is organized by the tripartite convening group composed of Governments: Argentina, Bangladesh, Gambia, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Spain and Tunisia; UN System organizations: UNESCO, UN/DESA and the World Bank; and Civil Society led by the Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN, with the Baha'i International Community, Temple of Understanding, United Methodist Church, United Religions Initiative, and World Peace Prayer Society.
  OPENING CEREMONY ( 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. )
  H.E. Dr. Alberto G. Romulo - Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Philippines

H.E. Mr. Kofi Annan - Secretary-General, United Nations


H.E. Mr. Jean Ping - President, General Assembly, United Nations


H.E. Munir Akram - President, Economic and Social Council, United Nations


H.E. Mr. Koichiro Matsuura - Director-General, UNESCO


Mr. Hiro Sakurai - President, Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN

  MORNING SESSION ( 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. )
  “The role of religions in promoting intercultural understanding towards sustainable peace”

Professor Diana L. Eck - Director, Pluralism Project , Harvard University


Dr. H.M. Din Syamsuddin - Vice-Chairman of Muhammadyah and General Secretary , Board of the Indonesian Council of Ulama/Majelis Ulama Indonesia ( Indonesia )


Ms. Ann-Belinda Preis - Senior Programme Planning Officer , Bureau of Strategic Planning , UNESCO (Paris)


Dr. Pauline Muchina - Representative , Anglican Consultative Council (with a message from Most Reverend Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury )


Professor Andrea Bartoli - Director , Center for International Conflict Resolution , Columbia University (Representing the Holy See)


Ms. Katherine Marshall - Director and Counsellor to the President of the World Bank


Mr. Ramu Damodaran - Chief, Civil Society Service Outreach Division, UN-DPI


Rev. Dr. Laurence Bropleh - Permanent Representative to the UN , Commission of the Churches on International Affairs , World Council of Churches

  Ms. Bani Dugal - Principal Representative to the UN , Baha'i International Community
  AFTERNOON SESSION ( 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p .m. )
  “Exploring strategies to enhance interfaith cooperation for sustainable peace”

Dr. Maleeha Lodhi - High Commissioner for Pakistan in London


Mr. Giandomenico Picco - CEO and Chairman, GDP Associates and Former Undersecretary-General of the United Nations


Ambassador Dr. Gunter Mulack - Commissioner for Dialogue with the Islamic World ( Germany )

  Dr. Josef Boehle - Coordinator, UNESCO Chair f or Interfaith Studies , University of Birmingham
  Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf - Chairman, The Cordoba Initiative Founder, American Society for Muslim Advancement

Mr. Rapil Zhoshybaev - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs , Kazakhstan


Ms. Rosa Guerreiro - Programme Specialist , Pluralism and Intercultural Dialogue Section, Culture Sector , UNESCO (Paris)


Mr. Adnan Amin - Director , Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs , UNEP, New York


Dr. William Vendley - General Secretary , World Conference of Religions for Peace


Dr. Georgette Bennett - President, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

  His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians and Rev . Dr. Bob Edgar, General Secretary, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA
  CLOSING CEREMONY ( 5 :30 p.m. – 6:00 p .m. )
  Report of the Moderators
  Adoption of the Summary of Conclusions and Recommendations
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