Dr. William Vendley Addresses UN meeting: Religious Leaders for a Safe World

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On 24 April, Dr. William Vendley [Secretary General of Religions for Peace International] addressed a meeting organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations on the role of Religious Leaders for a Safe World.

In response to statements made by the United Nations Security Council members, Dr. Vendley affirmed growing evidence of alienation among our global populations and highlighted the importance of Religions for Peace and the role of its leaders when institutions, from local to state levels, are challenged.

Dr. Vendley said about Religions for Peace, “In 1970, 250 world religious leaders from 50 states gathered together and decided they needed to build an organization […] to respect each other and discern together deeply held and widely shared values that could become the basis of collaboration.” He cited contemporary examples of Religions for Peace’s success leveraging alliances within faith communities in times of great difficulty and called for further collaboration to advance human dignity and the institutions that serve it.


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