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/65/5 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.
- Culture of peace
- Combating defamation of religion
- Documents on interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace
- Astana Declaration adopted by the participants of the ministerial conference on “Common world: progress through diversity”, held in Kazakhstan on 17 October 2008 (A/63/512–S/2008/677)
- The Madrid Declaration issued by the World Conference on Dialogue (A/63/499)
- Phnom Penh Dialogue 2008 on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace and Harmony (A/62/949)
- Declaration for Promoting Dialogue and Mutual Understanding among Religions and Civilizations (A/62/553)
- Declaration of the Second Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions (A/61/378–S/2006/761)
- Bali Declaration on Building Interfaith Harmony within the International Community (A/60/254)
- Global Agenda for Dialogue among Civilizations (A/RES/56/6)
- Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace (A/RES/53/243)
- Tehran Declaration on Dialogue among Civilizations (A/54/116)
- Declaration of Principles on Tolerance (A/51/201)
- Istanbul Appeal, approved by the participants in the Symposium on Tolerance held at Istanbul from 4 to 6 October 1995 (A/C.3/50/5)
- Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities (A/RES/47/135)
- Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief (A/RES/36/55)
- World Interfaith Harmony Week *
- United Religions Initiative (URI) Tool Card *
- World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (21 May)
- International Day for Tolerance (16 November)
- International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2010)
- UN Year of Dialogue among Civilizations (2001)
- Alliance of Civilizations
- High-level Dialogue on Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding and Cooperation for Peace
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Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
- Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief
- Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):
- Culture of Peace
- Cultural Diversity
- Fight against Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia
- Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity
General Assembly Press Releases:
- Adopts Consensus Resolution Proclaiming First Week of February Each Year “World Interfaith Harmony Week” - 20 October 2010
- Assembly Takes Up Global Agenda for Dialogue among Civilizations - 18 October 2010
- Interfaith initiatives can ensure rich cultural diversity made world more secure, not less, Secretary-General tells Assembly Debate on Culture of Peace - 12 November 2008
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World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
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21 September -
International Day of Peace
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16 November -
International Day for Tolerance
The Declaration of Principles on Tolerance affirms that tolerance is neither indulgence nor indifference. It is respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human.