Religions for Peace International convened over 250 global religious peace builders in New York from 11th to 13th December 2019 for a Multi-Religious and Multi-Stakeholder Partnership for Peace and Development. Government officials, diplomats, United Nations representatives, leaders of partner organisations and philanthropists joined the RfP network of religious communities to advance solutions to challenges faced by the international community.
The process of developing Religions for Peace global priorities has been an ongoing process for over a year, beginning with the national and regional level consultations held across the globe by RfP affiliates. At the 10th World Assembly in August 2019 in Lindau, Germany, over 1,000 delegates from 125 countries identified goals and action areas based on these consultations, which were formally adopted in the 10th World Assembly Declaration.
The New York meeting participants in the deliberations included representatives from every region and religious tradition within the RfP global network. Representatives from the UK included Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh, Jamie Cresswell, Ravinder Kaur Nijjar, Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra Dr Mark Owen and Rebecca Bellamy.
A Strategic Plan outline was worked out under the following themes:
• Peaceful and inclusive societies,
• Gender equality,
• The environment,
• Freedom of thought, conscience and religion,
• Interreligious education and
• Global partnership.
Religions for Peace World Council, the highest governing body of the organization comprising of 60 senior religious leaders, approved the strategic outline.
The final Strategic Plan will outline the global peace priorities, fostering increased multi-stakeholder collabortion for the achievement of agreed-upon goals.
in the UK, multi-faith awareness is promoted by many repesentative groups already, we are upon rich soil to work with potential partners in many areas of our concerns. RfPUK will be working with the Stragic Plan to incorporate the spirit of cooperation into our work ahead in 2020.