It is time for humanity to embrace universally shared values, going beyond differences of ideology, race, nationality, and religion, and pursue a path of mutual cooperation and mutual prosperity. In this way it is possible to build a world of lasting and sustainable peace that can be bequeathed to future generations. To fulfill this task, religious leaders have a primary responsibility to cooperate beyond denominations and work in harmony with leaders in all fields of society. In this session, religious leaders and leaders of faith-based organizations will propose the formation of a world-level interfaith association through which to work together for peace and development.

 

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Session 5, dedicated to the Inauguration of the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD) in Europe and the Middle East, was moderated by M. Jacques Marion (Left on stage), Vice President of UPF for Europe and the Middle East.
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The session began with Mr. Dong-ik Shin, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Austria, who spoke about the situation on the Korean peninsula.
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Mr. Dong-ik Shin, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Austria, addresses the audience.
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The audience of session 5 included many dignitaries from Korea, Japan and elsewhere.
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Dr. Felix Unger, President, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, gave the keynote speech.
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Dr. Felix Unger, President, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, gave the keynote speech.
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Archbishop Dr. Johannes Ndanga, President, Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe, was the first of four main speakers.
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Archbishop Dr. Johannes Ndanga, President, Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe.
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Ms. Asmaa Kftaro, Women's Advisory Board, UN Envoy for Peacebuilding in Syria
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Ms. Asmaa Kftaro, Women's Advisory Board, UN Envoy for Peacebuilding in Syria, with her husband, Hon. Dr. Mohammed Al Habash, Islamic Scholar, former Member of Parliament, Syria.
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Rev. Dr. William McComish, Dean Emeritus, Geneva St. Peter’s Cathedral, Switzerland
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Rev. Dr. William McComish, Dean Emeritus, Geneva St. Peter’s Cathedral, Switzerland
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Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, President, World Congress of Faiths, United Kingdom
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Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, President, World Congress of Faiths, United Kingdom
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Musical interlude.
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Interreligious prayer by Father Mariano Perron, Delegate for Interconfessional Affairs (1974-2012), Roman Catholic Church, Diocese of Madrid, Spain, and Rector Khalil Merroun, Rector, Mosque of Evry, France.
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Peace Ceremony with Holy Candles and Water.
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Mixing of the water by different faith representatives.
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The Peace Ceremony.
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Group photo after the Peace Ceremony.
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M. Jacques Marion addresses the audience of session 5.
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Dr Elmar Kuhn, Dean, Class of World Religions, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, reads the IAPD declaration.
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Signing the IAPD declaration.
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Signing the IAPD declaration.
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Signing the IAPD declaration.

See also the report on the UPF Austria website. 

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