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High-level conference on the responsibility of religions for peace held for the first time in Germany

15.08.2019 - Article

Many people from around the world will be looking to Lindau from 20 to 23 August. Religions for Peace has invited some 900 religious representatives to its World Assembly, which Germany is hosting for the first time.

“Caring for Our Common Future” – shaping the common future of humanity and our planet

Strengthening the potential of religious communities to foster peace is the objective of the 10th World Assembly of the organisation Religions for Peace (RfP). With its Religion and Foreign Policy Division, the Federal Foreign Office is lending substantive and organisational support to this assembly. In Lindau, the aim is to link religion and diplomacy with one another and to reach agreements concerning enhanced cooperation.

The motto of this year’s assembly is “Caring for Our Common Future”. The responsibility of religious communities for the future of humanity and our planet is to be discussed across all borders.

Dr Andreas Görgen, Head of the Directorate-General for Culture and Communication at the Federal Foreign Office said:

I am delighted that representatives of religious communities from all around the world are meeting in Lindau to address the challenges of our age. We are looking forward to their contribution to a more just, peaceful, harmonious and sustainable world.

Religions for Peace – the world’s largest interfaith organisation

Religions for Peace was founded at its first World Assembly in 1970 and numbers 90 national member associations today. It consists of a network of religious leaders organised at the global, regional and local level that is committed to peace policy and social responsibility.

Religions for Peace cooperates with governments and international organisations (including UNESCO, UNICEF and the OECD). Since 1973, the organisation has been accredited as a non‑governmental organisation at the UN in New York, where its head office is also located – directly opposite the UN headquarters.

A World Assembly of Religions for Peace has been held every five years since 1970, bringing together religious representatives from around the world and from all major religions. Approximately 900 delegates from more than 100 countries are expected to attend the assembly in Lindau.

10. World Assembly “Religions for Peace”

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