The Track II Consultation was held on January 23-24, 2014, at the United Nations Office, Geneva, Switzerland
Group photo with participants in the UPF Geneva Track II consultation on "Towards Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: The Significance of Religion, Faith-based Organizations and Civil Society"
The conference was followed by an interfaith program at St. Peter's Cathedral featuring a variety of spiritual and religious voices, interfaith prayers for peace and artistic performances.
The conference was followed by an interfaith program at St. Peter's Cathedral featuring a variety of spiritual and religious voices, interfaith prayers for peace and artistic performances.
The conference was followed by an interfaith program at St. Peter's Cathedral featuring a variety of spiritual and religious voices, interfaith prayers for peace and artistic performances.

Geneva, Switzerland - UPF convened a special program entitled “Geneva: Track II” in Geneva, Switzerland on Jan. 23-25, 2014, concurrent with the “Geneva II” inter-governmental conference that aims to bring about a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Syria. The theme for the consultation was “Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: The Significance of Religion, Faith-Based Organizations and Civil Society.”

The tragic and devastating consequences of the conflict war in Syria, both in terms of the loss of life and the millions of displaced persons, is giving rise to a humanitarian disaster of epic proportion. UPF applauds the efforts of the United Nations, the United States, Russia and the participating nations, and sought to offer support for the success of Geneva II.

Following the recommendations of the Amman resolution of October 2013 and the Jerusalem resolution of December 2013, UPF convened the Track 2 conference in Geneva, Switzerland, to assist the daunting task of the Geneva II talks on the Syrian conflict. The intention in convening a wide variety of spiritual and religious leaders, as well as academicians, civil society representatives, women and youth, was to supplement the “track 1” initiative of Geneva II, with a “track 2” program that underscored the need to engage religious and spiritual leaders, faith-based organizations and a variety of civil society organizations in the pursuit of peace.

The consultation included a high-level segment of faith leaders, academicians and other stakeholders who deliberated on the current crisis in Syria, including the wider geopolitical context, and considering the role which religion, civil society, women and faith-based organizations can play in restoring peace and order in Syria.

View the invitation.

Geneva Spiritual Appeal text: in English with links to translations in 11 other languages

Recordings are available of the sessions:

View the album with all of the videos.

Track II Consultation in Geneva - Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: The Significance of Religion, 
Faith-Based Organizations and Civil Society - January 23, 2014, UNOG, Switzerland. Conference organized by the Universal Peace Federation (www.upf.org)
Session I - From Amman, to Jerusalem, to Geneva: For Peace In Syria
Chair - Dr. Thomas Walsh, President, UPF International
Presenters - Rev. William A. Mc Comish, President Geneva Spiritual Appeal

- Amb. Hussein Hassouna, Former Arab League Ambassador to the United Nations, Egypt

- Dr. Leo Gabriel, Social Anthropologist and Journalist, Vienna Austria

- Ms. Mairead Maguire, Nobel Laureate
Press Release: http://upf.org/upf-news/144-europe-eurasia-/5572-geneva-track-ii

Track II Consultation in Geneva - Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: The Significance of Religion, 
Faith-Based Organizations and Civil Society - January 23, 2014, UNOG, Switzerland. Conference organized by the Universal Peace Federation (www.upf.org)
Session II - Contribution of Civil Society, NGO in support of the Peace Process in Syria
Chair - Mrs. Carolyn Handschin, Director, UN Office, Women's Federation for World Peace, Int’l
Presenters - Dr. Noa Zanolli, Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy

- Ms. Patricia LaLonde, Mobilization for Elected Women in Audience (MEWA), France
- Dr Tawfik Chamaa, Spokesman Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organizations (UOSSM)

- Mrs. Wajd Zimmermann, Mediator, President Committee of Syrian Women for Democracy
Press Release: http://upf.org/upf-news/144-europe-eurasia-/5572-geneva-track-ii

Track II Consultation in Geneva - Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: The Significance of Religion, 
Faith-Based Organizations and Civil Society - January 23, 2014, UNOG, Switzerland. Conference organized by the Universal Peace Federation (www.upf.org)
Session III and Session IV: Geopolitical Perspectives on the Crisis in Syria
Chair - Mr. Heiner Handschin, Director, Office for UN Relations in Geneva, Switzerland, UPF
Presenters - Amb. Hussein Hassouna, Former Arab League Ambassador to the United Nations, Egypt

- Hon. Mohamad Alhabash, Abu Dhabi University
- Dr. Vladimir Petrovskiy, Professor University of Moscow, Russia
- Hon. Anne Marie Lizin, Hon. Speaker of Belgian Parliament
- Amb. Sam Zakhem, USA

- Mr. Joseph Daher, Syrian-Swiss activist and Academic at SOAS
English Press Release: upf.org/upf-news/144-europe-eurasia-/5572-geneva-track-ii

“Track II Consultation in Geneva - Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: The Significance of Religion, Faith-Based Organizations and Civil Society”, January 23, 2014, United Nations Office Geneva, Switzerland. Conference organized by the Universal Peace Federation (upf.org)
Session V: The Contribution of Civil Society, NGO's and Faith-based Organisations to Peace and Reconciliation in Syria
Chair - Mr. Taj Hamad, Secretary General, UPF International
Presenters - Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Permanent Observer of Holy See to the United Nations
- Dr. Hamdi Murad, Jordan Interfaith Center
- Prof. em. Adrian Holderegger, Moral theology and ethics, University Fribourg
- Prof. Shady Ammane, Collectif Jasmin, Geneva
- Bishop Riah A. El-Assal, Anglican Church Jerusalem, Israel
- Sheik Mohamad Ali Al-Hajj, Shiite Cleric
Press Release: upf.org/upf-news/144-europe-eurasia-/5572-geneva-track-ii

“Track II Consultation in Geneva - Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: The Significance of Religion, Faith-Based Organizations and Civil Society” Geneva, January 24, 2014, Centre International de Conférence de Genève (CICG), Switzerland.
Session V (Part 2): The Contribution of Civil Society, NGO's and Faith-based Organisations to Peace and Reconciliation in Syria
Chair - Mr. David Fraser Haris, Secretary General for the Middle-East, UPF International
Presenters - Sheik Mohamad Ali Al-Hajj, Shiite Cleric
Translated from Arabic to English: Bishop Riah A. El-Assal, Anglican Church Jerusalem, Israel
- Mrs. Carolyn Handschin, Director, UN Office, Women's Federation for World Peace, Int’l
Press Release: upf.org/upf-news/144-europe-eurasia-/5572-geneva-track-ii

“Track II Consultation in Geneva - Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: The Significance of Religion, Faith-Based Organizations and Civil Society”, January 24, 2014, Centre International de Conférence de Genève (CICG), Switzerland. Conference organized by the Universal Peace Federation (upf.org)
Session VI: Youth Perspectives on Peace and Reconciliation in Syria
Chair - Mr. Hafid Ouardiri, President Interknowing-Foundation, Geneva
Presenters - Prof. Shady Ammane, Collectif Jasmin, and his group of young international Peace makers
- Ms. Sabine Rakotomala, Deputy Chair, Child Protection Working Group for Syria, UNICEF
Press Release: upf.org/upf-news/144-europe-eurasia-/5572-geneva-track-ii

“Track II Consultation in Geneva - Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: The Significance of Religion, Faith-Based Organizations and Civil Society”, January 24, 2014, Centre International de Conférence de Genève (CICG), Switzerland. Conference organized by the Universal Peace Federation (upf.org)
Session VII: General Debate on the Conference Theme, Conclusion and Action Steps
Chair - Mr. Heiner Handschin, Director, Office for UN Relations in Geneva, UPF Switzerland
Presenters - Leo Gabriel, Shirin Lindsey-Hurst, Dr. Thomas Walsh
Press Release: upf.org/upf-news/144-europe-eurasia-/5572-geneva-track-ii

Organisation de la soirée: Association de l'Appel Spirituel de Genève - www.aasg.ch, en coopération avec la Cathédrale Saint-Pierre et l'Eglise protestante de Genève. Programme du vendredi 24 janvier 2014, 18h00:
- Orgue
- Accueil par Emmanuel Rolland, pasteur, et le Dr William McComish, pasteur et président de l'Appel Spirituel de Genève
- Lecture en français de l'Appel spirituel de Genève par Mme Tatjana Darany, Directrice générale de la Fondation pour Genève.
- Prière en français par M. Shady Amman, Syrien de Suisse.
- Musique (oud)
- Lecture en anglais de l'Appel spirituel par M. Walter Gyger, Ambassadeur de Suisse.
- Prière en anglais par monseigneur Riah Hanna Abu El-Assa, évêque anglican de Jérusalem et du Proche-Orient.
- Message du Rabbin François Garaï, Communauté israélite libérale de Genève - GIL, lu par M. Hafid Ouardiri, Directeur de la Fondation de l'Entre-Connaissance.
- Musique (oud)
- Prière en arabe de l'Imam chiite: Sheik Mohamad Ali Al-Hajj, du Liban, traduit en français.
- Lecture de l'Appel spirituel par le Dr. Tawfik Chamaa, Syrien de Suisse.
- Prière en anglais de l'Imam sunnite: Sheik Mohamad Al-Habash, de Syrie
- Prière en arabe par Yazan Savoy, Syrien de Suisse
- Musique (oud)
- Prière par Mme Danièle Bianchi, communauté baha'ïe de Genève
- Message de M. Gary Vachicouras, communauté chrétienne orthodoxe de Genève
- Bénédiction par Mgr Farine, Evêque auxiliaire de Lausanne, Genève, Fribourg
- Orgue
- Collecte pour les actions de l'Union des Organisations Syriennes de Secours Médicaux (www.uossm.org).
- Photo de groupe avec les participants internationaux de la conférence à l'ONU: "UPF Geneva Track II: Towards Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: The Significance of Religion, Faith-based Organizations and Civil Society (www.upf.org).

 

 

 

 

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