Participants at the Fifth Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions: "Promoting Dialogue for Peace and Prosperity in Turbulent Times", taking place in Astana, Kazakhstan. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event to be observed during the first week of February starting in 2011.

World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by the General Assembly in resolution A/RES/65/5PDF document adopted on 20 October 2010. In the resolution, the General Assembly, points out that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace and establishes World Interfaith Harmony Week as a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.

Recognizing the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people, the General Assembly encourages all States to support during that week the spread of the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship, on a voluntary basis and according to their own religious traditions or convictions.

Video - Promoting Tolerance Through Music

World renowned conductor and UN Messenger of Peace Daniel Barenboim performed with his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the Human Rights Chamber at the Palais des Nations in Geneva in October. Composed of young musicians from Israel, Palestine and other Middle Eastern countries, the concert aims to promote understanding between Israelis and Palestinians and to pave the way for a peaceful solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. 


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