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Millennium World Peace Summit United Nations,
New York, United States,
August 28-31, 2000


MILLENNIUM WORLD PEACE SUMMIT


On August 28th through 31st of the year 2000, two thousand of the world's preeminent religious and spiritual leaders representing the many faith traditions, gathered at the United Nations for a Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders.

DESCRIPTION

On August 28-31, 2000, two thousand participants from 110 countries met at the United Nations General Assembly Hall for the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. Among the participants were 1,200 religious leaders representing the world's major religions and faiths, as well as religious scholars, government and business leaders, and prominent public figures.

Some of the religious leaders that were approached include His Holiness Pope John Paul II, The Most Reverend Dr. George Carey, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Sheikh Ahmed Keftaro, the Grand Mufti of Syria, the Grand Sheikh of Al-Alazar from Cairo, the imans of the mosques of Mecca and Medina, Dr. Abdullah Salehal-Obaid, the secretary of the World Muslim League, Israel's Chief Rabbi, Israel Meir Lau, the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church, the Most Rev Bartholomew, the Russian Patriarch, His Holiness Alexii II, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Bishop Carlos Belo, the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize winner from East Timor.



MISSION AND GOALS

The objectives of the Millennium World Peace Summit were to encourage religious leaders to exert greater influence on reconciliation, healing, and forgiveness in areas of armed conflict and tension, to foster an attitude of respect for the diversity of the human family and to pledge a commitment to take concrete actions for the achievement of world peace. This commitment has been embodied in a Declaration for World Peace that participants of the Millennium World Peace Summit signed specifying actions to be taken.

OUTCOMES

  • The signing of the Commitment to Global Peace
  • Initiation of a process to form a World Council of Religious Leaders
  • Co-Founding of the Religious Leaders Initiative of the World Economic Forum
  • A Partnership with the United Nation's High Commission for Human Rights
  • Establishment of a Global Commission for the Preservation of Sacred Sites
  • The opening of international interfaith dialogue
  • Congress on The Preservation of Religious Diversity
  • The Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders

CONTACT

Millennium World Peace Summit Secretariat
Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue,
59th Floor, New York, NY 10118
Tel: (01) 212-967-2891
Fax: (01) 212-967-2898
Website: http://www.millenniumpeacesummit.org
Email: info@millenniumpeacesummit.org



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