The global interfaith community gears up annually to demonstrate love between neighbors across the world, February 1 - 7. These days mark the official United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, a time when organizations from small town councils to global agencies showcase the latest efforts of the interfaith movement.
On February 3, the Parliament of the World's Religions, an NGO affiliated to the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI-NGO), advanced its mission of fostering harmony by partnering with multiple organizations for Interfaith Harmony: Implementing the Transformative Agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals, an event co-hosted by the UN Committee of Religious NGOs and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).
The occasion brought Parliament representatives together at the United Nations Headquarters in New York:
Parliament Ambassadors took the time during World Interfaith Harmony Week to learn how to conduct local Listening Projects through a presentation from veteran interfaith leader Kay Lindahl. In Chicago, Parliament staff hosted an "Interfaith Ally training" at the University of Chicago following a method facilitated by local Chicago trainers from the Anti-Defamation League (with sponsorship from the Hyde Park Pagans, a registered student organization of University of Chicago).
For the global community, the Parliament released the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions keynote speaker playlists throughout World Interfaith Harmony Week, which are now permanently available for viewing on the Parliament YouTube channel.
World Interfaith Harmony Week also includes a global competition! Read more about the contest to win $50,000 for your interfaith harmony week efforts >
Through this organization dedicated to promoting World Interfaith Harmony Week, activists can learn more about the background and read the official resolution. The idea "was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Just under a month later, on October 20, 2010, it was unanimously adopted by the UN and henceforth the first week of February will be observed as a World Interfaith Harmony Week."
The World Interfaith Harmony Week was developed subsequent to the pioneering work of The Common Word Initiative," which aimed to guide global Christians and Muslims closer into understanding and harmony.