UN Adopts Inter-Religious Resolution

November 16, 2008

Author: Cristina Lee-Pisco

Source: Journal Online


The United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the Philippine-initiated resolution calling on member-states to take steps to further promote inter-religious and intercultural dialogue, tolerance and understanding.

In its report to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo, the Philippine Mission to the United Nations said the resolution entitled “Promotion of Inter-religious and Intercultural Dialogue, Understanding and Cooperation for Peace,” tabled by the Philippines and Pakistan, was adopted by the General Assembly at the end of its plenary meeting with high level participation on Thursday.

The resolution was introduced by President Macapagal-Arroyo at the opening on Nov. 12 of the plenary meeting on Agenda Item 45: A Culture of Peace, which was also participated in by world leaders led by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah of Jordan, United States President George Bush, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Hilario Davide, Jr., said that in addition to the Philippines and Pakistan, 76 other member-states, including China, Japan and Russia, co-sponsored the resolution, up from the 56 Member-States that co-sponsored the resolution last year and the 24 that co-sponsored the original resolution in 2004.