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Respect for diversity, peaceful dialogue essential, UN Secretary General

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Respect for diversity and peaceful dialogue are essential if the human family is to cooperate globally to face shared threats and seize common opportunities

New York (United Nations) - Respect for diversity and peaceful dialogue are essential if the human family is to cooperate globally to face shared threats and seize common opportunities, said, on Monday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

In a message to the World Interfaith Harmony Week, held in New York on Febraury 1-7, the UN Chief said that "efforts by States, civil society and other actors to build trust among communities and individuals lie at the heart of so many United Nations initiatives, from the Alliance of Civilizations to our wide-ranging work to protect human rights, promote social cohesion and build a culture of peace."

In this respect, he stressed his willingness to “work with people of all faiths to rise above the tensions and misconceptions that so often divide us, and find the path of harmony and dignity for all.”

“The first World Interfaith Harmony Week is an opportunity to focus global attention on the efforts of religious leaders, interfaith movements and individuals around the world to promote mutual respect and understanding between followers of different faiths and beliefs.” the UN Secretary General said, adding that “these partners play an indispensable role in supporting United Nations efforts for peace.”

The Week will be marked by a broad spectrum of activities around the world. In New York, the observance will include interfaith breakfasts, film screenings and talks featuring the active participation of civil society, United Nations entities and other intergovernmental organizations.

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