Religions for Peace in partnership with the Foundation Peace Dialogue of the World Religions and Civil Society will convene the Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly – the world’s most representative, multi- religious gathering of religious communities – from 20–23 August 2019. This Assembly will be undertaken with the generous support of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Bavarian State Ministry of Education.
Every 5–7 years, Religions for Peace convenes a World Assembly for the purpose of forging a deep moral consensus on contemporary challenges, electing a new World Council and advancing multi-religious action across and beyond the Religions for Peace network.
The Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly, under the theme “Caring for our Common Future—Advancing Shared Well-Being,”will be global in scale, multi-stakeholder in composition and action-oriented. Some 800 senior religious leaders, youth and women of faith from over 100 countries will be joined by 100 representatives of governments, intergovernmental organizations and civil society groups to forge multi-stakeholder partnerships for the common good. PreviousReligions for Peace Assemblies have resulted in highly effective multi-religious projects in peacebuilding and development in all world regions.
The Assembly is itself a time of multi- religious action. Religious leaders coming from zones of conflict will engage in conflict mediation sessions among additional religious leaders and other key stakeholders. These private Track II peace consultations in previous Assemblies have resulted in highly positive outcomes in the Balkans, West Africa, the Middle East, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. National inter- religious councils (IRCs) and groups will exchange best practices to become better equipped to take concrete action on the ground in their own countries.
Founded in 1970, Religions for Peace—the world’s largest and most representative multi- religious coalition—advances common action among the world’s religious communities for peace. Religions for Peace works to transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote just and harmonious societies and protect the earth. The global Religions for Peace network comprises of a World Council of senior religious leaders from all regions of the world; six regional inter-religious bodies and more than 90 national ones; and the Global Women of Faith Network and Global Interfaith Youth Network.I
Goals of the Assembly
The Assembly will advance the following goals:
- Examine, in depth, the theme and sub-themes of the World Assembly. Theme: Caring for Our Common Future – Advancing Shared Well-Being Sub-Themes:
- Caring for Our Common Future by Advancing Positive Peace
- Caring for Our Common Future by Preventing and Transforming Conflicts
- Caring for Our Common Future by Promoting Just and Harmonious Societies
- Caring for Our Common Future by Working for Sustainable and Integral Human Development
- Caring for Our Common Future by Protecting the Earth
- Review the activities of Religions for Peace since the previous World Assembly, including the activities of affiliated regional and national inter-religious councils and bodies, as well as those of the International Secretariat.
- Make decisions regarding the long-range plans and policies of Religions for Peace.
- Elect Honorary Presidents, Presidents, Treasurer and Secretary General.
- Build stronger bridges of partnership between the world’s religious communities, governments and intergovernmental bodies.
GOALS OF THE ASSEMBLY
- Provide a principled opportunity for major religious organizations to meet and build alliances and for major partnership initiatives to be formed.
- Strengthen multi-religious cooperation for peace among religious leaders by equipping national and regional inter-religious councils, women of faith networks and religious youth networks for common action, including the development of partnerships.
- Support multi-religious cooperation in countries burdened by violence and conflict.
- Open a “door” through which larger numbers of the followers of the world’s religions – the majority of humanity – can be welcomed into principled and practical multi-religious cooperation.
- Engage the world’s media to advance the power of multi-religious cooperation.
- Facilitate the discernment of a consensus of care on the most serious challenges facing the human family as a foundation for principled multi-religious action.
- Build the capacity of religious communities (including their leaders – men, women and youth) to take actions in partnership with other sectors of society.
- Strengthen and scale up collaborative multi-religious actions for the common good by developing major multi-stakeholder partnerships in the Assembly.
- Provide opportunities to initiate multi-religious peacemaking in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, North and South Korea and Myanmar, as well as bridge-building between senior-most Muslim leaders. These groups will be provided with facilitation within the safe space of the Assembly, and Religions for Peace will advance multi-religious programs with these groups after the Assembly.