World Interfaith Harmony Week


„This age of globalization needs enlightened people in each faith who can examine their sacred writings and traditions and identify the aspects that can benefit all humanity as well as those that preserve each religion's identity. UPF and its network of Ambassadors for Peace celebrate this week each year, in a way that encourages understanding, respect, and cooperation among people of all faiths for the well-being of our communities and peace in the world.“


Vienna International Centre, Austria - 200 guests attendend on February 1st 2019 a conference on the themeMigration and Interreligious Understanding in the Age of Globalizationcommemorating the World Interfaith Harmony Week.


Un ResolutionThe World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Just under a month later, on October 20, 2010, it was unanimously adopted by the UN and henceforth the first week of February will be observed as a World Interfaith Harmony Week. The World Interfaith Harmony Week is based on the pioneering work of The Common Word initiative. This initiative, which started in 2007, called for Muslim and Christian leaders to engage in a dialogue based on two common fundamental religious Commandments; Love of God, and Love of the Neighbour, without nevertheless compromising any of their own religious tenets. The Two commandments are at the heart of the three Monotheistic religions and therefore provide the most solid theological ground possible.



1st Session: Migration and Interreligious Understanding

Chair: Peter Haider, President UPF Austria

Mr. Jehad Abu-Subhieh, President Austrian-Jordanian Friendship Society

Mr. Jacques Marion, Vice President UPF Europe Dr. Alma Zadic, Member of the Austrian Parliament

Mr. Reinhard Gosch, Bureau for the Dialogue among Civilizations

Ms. Suad Mohamed, Austrian Red Cross, Diakonie Austria


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2nd Session: Globalization and Interreligious Understanding

Video "ONE BOOK for Peace"

Chair: Prof. Anis Bajektarevic, IFIMES Vienna

Ms. Heather Wokusch, SDG 5 Thrive! Ela Gandhi Foundation

Prof. Ismail Yasin, University of Vienna, before University of Damascus

Dr. Helga Kerschbaum, NGO Committee on Peace, UN Vienna

Dr. Walther Lichem, former Austrian ambassador to Chile and Canada

Dr. Afsar Rathor, former program coordinator in various UN organizations


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