SGI Office for UN Affairs World Interfaith Harmony Week at the United Nations in Geneva, , Alex Masako Goossens-Ishii and other speakers

World Interfaith Harmony Week at the United Nations in Geneva

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

On 5 February 2019, the World Interfaith Harmony Week was observed with the event co-organized by the Foundation for GAIA and NGO Alliance on Global Concerns at the United Nations Office at Geneva.

World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by the General Assembly in resolution A/RES/65/5 adopted on 20 October 2010, which reaffirms that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace. The purpose of this event was “to showcase practical initiatives of interfaith action by NGOs and faith-based organisations which may meaningfully contribute to alleviate conflicts associated with religious or spiritual traditions”.

The panelists included Mohammed Bechari of the World Muslim Communities Council, Lea Wyler of the Rokpa International, Gilles François of the LDS Charities, Diane Ala’i of the Bahá’í International Community, Mintze Van Der Velde of the World Goodwill, Vita de Waal of the Foundation for Gaia, and Alexandra Goossens-Ishii of SGI. It was moderated by Gerald Williams of LDS Charities. In her presentation, Goossens-Ishii highlighted how core principles of the Sustainable Development Goals reflect and resonate with most faith traditions.