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World Interfaith Harmony Week 2013

UN World Interfaith Harmony Week

For a PowerPoint overview of UPF observances, click here.

Sao Paulo, Brazil - The Sao Paulo Municipal Chamber passed legislation on March 13, 2014, declaring World Interfaith Harmony Week, the first week of February, to be an annual observance. UPF-Brazil has organized UN World Interfaith Harmony Week events at the Sao Paulo City Hall in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil - Religious leaders gathered at the City Chamber of Sao Paulo on February 7 to discuss the possibility of creating an interreligious council to help the city councillors build a culture of peace.

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Amman, Jordan - The Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Jordan announced on March 18 their selection of the three most notable World Interfaith Harmony Week programs. The prizewinning events took place in Nigeria, the Philippines, and Malaysia.

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Jakarta, Indonesia - UPF-Indonesia organized celebrations of World Interfaith Harmony Week at the SMAN 6 Government High School on February 6 and at the auditorium of the Hanura (People's Conscience) Party on February 7.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - UPF-Malaysia organized an observance of World Intefaith Harmony Week at the Peace Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on March 2.

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Kiev, Ukraine - Ambassadors for Peace gathered in Kiev on Feb. 7, 2013 on the occasion of World Interfaith Harmony Week.

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United Nations, New York - A celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week took place at the UN General Assembly on Feb. 14, 2013. The theme was "United for a Culture of Peace through Interfaith Harmony."

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Quito, Ecuador - An observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week took place with friendly religious leaders at the Peace Embassy in Quito on February 7. The participants were representatives of the Catholic Church, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Church, the Hebrew Community, Hinduism (the Vaisnava Culture Center and Brahma Kumaris), and the Ecuador Family Church.

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Bratislava, Slovakia - Despite the bad weather conditions, there came more people than expected to the Interfaith Harmony Week event organized by UPF-Slovakia on Feb. 13, 2013 in the chapel of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church.

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Bangkok, Thailand - The Chairman of the Committee of Religions, Art and Culture of the House of Representative of Parliament of Thailand gave the keynote address at a Feb. 7, 2013 conference in Bangkok on "Interreligious Principles for Strengthening Families."

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Vienna, Austria - UPF-Austria organized a World Interfaith Harmony Week event at the International Center in Vienna Feb. 8, 2013, on the theme of Cooperating among Religions for a Culture of Peace.

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Multan, Pakistan - Religious Youth Service-Pakistan observed World Interfaith Harmony Week in Multan from February 1 to 7 with interfaith ceremonies, a concert, and essay, poster, and debate competitions.

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Kathmandu, Nepal - UPF-Nepal partnered with Religions for Peace and Nepal Anuvrat Samiti (Nepal Commitment Society of the Jain tradition) to hold a UN World Interfaith Harmony Week celebration in Kathmandu on February 7. An essay competition focusing on students was held with the theme, "Celebrating Interfaith Harmony for Love and Service to One Another." The venue was a local government school.

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New Delhi and Lucknow, India - A student debate competition on the theme of "Religion and Modernity: Complementary or Contradictory?" marked World Interfaith Harmony Week at Ram Lal Anand College of the University of Delhi in New Delhi, India, on February 7. Dr. Dinesh Sharma, Mayor of Lucknow, and Mrs. Bharati Gandhi, founder of the largest Montessori school in the world, were featured speakers at a World Interfaith Harmony Week program in Lucknow.

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UN World Interfaith Harmony Week was observed in 16 nations in 2013 with interfaith prayers, forums, reports, essay contests, debates, and sports tournaments.

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Novosibirsk, Russia - A roundtable on "Promotion of intercultural understanding for creating a peaceful and inclusive society in Novosibirsk" on Feb. 7, 2013 adopted a resolution about interreligious harmony.

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