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06 JANUARY 2010
PH-SPONSORED RESOLUTION ON INTERFAITH DIALOGUE ADOPTED BY UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY; USE OF INTERFAITH DIALOGUE AS TOOL FOR GLOBAL PEACE AND MDG ACHIEVEMENT CALLED
04 January 2011, New York – The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted by consensus a Philippine-sponsored resolution on interfaith dialogue here, moving further forward the global efforts to achieve peace and development through a comprehensive strategy.
In a report to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York said the resolution entitled “Promotion on Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue” was adopted by consensus by the 65 th session of the UNGA under the agenda item, Culture of Peace.
The adoption was seen as a major step towards a “balanced global approach at addressing peace and development concerns” and as a recognition of the Philippines’ continuing key role as a “thought and action leader on interreligious and intercultural dialogue,” said Philippine Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Libran N. Cabactulan in a statement following the adoption of the resolution.
“This brings to the fore the importance of a holistic approach to help solve the challenges to global peace and development we now face,” Ambassador Cabactulan pointed out.
“Strife and unrest resulting from religious and cultural misunderstanding impact seriously and negatively on the safety, security and quality of lives of many peoples around the world, particularly in multi-cultural societies. What we are striving to do is to draw peoples closer in greater understanding and respect in order to move them forward together towards peace and development,” said Ambassador Cabactulan.
“The so-called “hard approach” isn’t sufficient to bring peace for so long as there is suspicion, bigotry and extremism. These evils have to be addressed, and these are addressed through the important human dimensions of religion and culture,” explained Ambassador Cabactulan.
The Philippine-sponsored resolution includes the following key provisions:
Throughout the three-month long negotiations for the text of the resolution, the Philippines and other co-sponsors pointed out concrete interreligious and intercultural dialogue projects at the international, regional and national levels that have resulted in increased awareness and respect for the diversity of the human family and have helped foster an environment of peace.
Ambassador Cabactulan stressed, among the examples raised were the strong civil society movements in Mindanao that supported interfaith dialogue and resulted in better relations among the tri-peoples (Christian, Muslim and Lumads) in the island.
“Interfaith dialogue is an important component of the Philippines’ peace and development programme and similar experiences and outcomes in other parts of the world attest to the need for greater dialogue and understanding and their positive impact on societies and peace and security,” said Ambassador Cabactulan.
Ambassador Cabactulan also pointed out that the main co-sponsors of the resolution, Philippines and Pakistan, are showing to the world how despite diversity of cultures and religions, countries can and work together towards a common goal.
Pakistan is an Islamic Republic while the Philippines is a predominantly Christian nation.
The resolution is co-sponsored by 54 other states. END
Reference:Robert E.A. Borje
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