MEDIA ADVISORY: High-Level Conversation on Religions for Peace

Media Advisory

High-Level Conversation on Religions for Peace

6 May 2016, UN Headquarters in New York


Today, the values of peaceful coexistence and mutual respect for faiths and cultures seems to be increasingly under pressure in the midst of political upheaval, conflicts and civil strife. Across the world, societies are facing challenges from those who purposefully misconstrue religion to try to lend legitimacy to their crimes and acts of terrorism. In this regard, nations and states should collaborate to address root causes, overcome misunderstandings between societies, cultures and civilizations, within the framework of the UN Charter and relevant international law as well as relevant General Assembly decisions, applicable UN Security Council resolutions and collective efforts such as the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and other pertinent sources.

To recall the significance of maintaining respectful tolerance across diverse cultures and religions and to address violent extremism and terrorism, including giving further consideration to the recently unveiled Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, and to reiterate the principles of relevant Security Council resolutions on terrorism, the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mogens Lykketoft, is organising a high-level conversation on “Religions for Peace” on Friday, 6 May 2016.




Mogens Lykketoft, President of the United Nations General Assembly
Nassir A. Al-Nasser, High Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilization
Kevin Rudd, President, Asia Society Policy Institute
Frank La Rue, Assistant Director-General, Communication & Information, UNESCO
Abdul Moiz Bokhari, Ambassador, Organization of Islamic Cooperation
William Vendley, Secretary-General , Religions for Peace
Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Park East Synagogue
Imam Mohamed Magid, Executive Director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society
Anju Bhargava, Founder, Hindu American Seva Communities
Antti Pentikäinen, Exec Director, Network for Religious & Traditional Peacemakers
Rev. Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery


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What:                  High-level Conversation on Religions for Peace


When:                  Friday, 6 May 2016


Where:                Trusteeship Council, UN Headquarters, New York and live webcast through


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