20th to 23rd August 2019
Caring for Our Common Future
For our Common Future
Promotion of Peace Dialogue
Representatives of all relevant religions from around 100 countries come together and collaborate to protect our earth as part of a holistic vision of Peace. Dialogue, understanding and trust are the basis for counteracting the instrumentalization of religions for the justification of violence. We promote and support the peaceful coexistence in mutual respect between humans and with nature – for our common future.
Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly
Approximately 1000 international representatives of the largest religious communities, civilisations, governments, NGOs and multilateral institutions are expected to attend the assembly in August in Lindau. They will exchange views to strengthen mutual trust and discuss recent crises and further a peaceful togetherness and dialogue. The conference participants will deal with their own socio-political responsibilities, decide on concrete projects and publish shared statements.
There will be numerous highly valued guests among the participants, such as German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Secretary General for Religions for Peace Dr. William F. Vendley, Ela Gandhi, Jeffrey D. Sachs, Amartya Sen and others.
Our partner Religions for Peace (RfP) was founded in 1970 at the first ever world convention and consists of 90 national member associations today. RfP is the largest inter-religious organisation globally. Since 1970, a RfP World Assembly is held approximately every five years.
Location: Lindau, Germany
Lindau is an idyllic town at Lake Constance in the German state of Bavaria. It is situated at the clear waters of Lake Constance with a backdrop of snow-covered mountains and a historic old-town with winding cobblestone alleys and picturesque squares. Lindau is a renowned conference venue and has for many years been the host of the annual Nobel Laureate Meetings. It is further inviting due to its international atmosphere created through Lindau’s unique position in the tri-border area Germany – Austria – Switzerland.
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The ‘Inselhalle’ in Lindau is freshly renovated, updated and was generously expanded in 2018. It is equipped with the latest technology and offers flexible room arrangement opportunities. The ‘Inselhalle’ is conveniently located centrally on the island of Lindau. A multi storey car park and other conference venues such as the Gewölbesaal, Altes Rathaus and two churches are immediately adjacent and can easily be reached by a short walk.
FAQ’s ON RELIGIONS FOR PEACE 10th WORLD ASSEMBLY
Acreditted to the United Nations, Religions for Peace (RfP) is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing common action among the world’s religious communities for peace.
RfP builds peace by working to transform violent conflict, promote just and harmonious societies, advance human development, protect the earth and advance shared wellbeing.
The origins of RfP date to 1961, when a handful of senior leaders from the world’s major faith traditions began to explore the possibility of organizing a “religious summit.” They felt the urgent need for believers around the world to take action toward achieving world peace.
RfP convened for the first time in Kyoto, Japan, from 16 to 21 October 1970. For more than forty years, RfP has continued to bring together people of faith to cooperate for peace.
The global RfP network comprises a World Council of senior religious leaders from all regions of the world; six regional inter-religious bodies and more than 90 national ones; and the Global Women of Faith Network and Global Interfaith Youth Network.
RfP advances common action among the world’s religious communities for peace by working to transform violent conflict, promote just and harmonious societies, advance human development, protect the earth and advance shared wellbeing.
• RfP builds and equips inter-religious councils at the local, national, regional and global levels.
• RfP mobilizes religious communities locally, nationally, regionally and globally to cooperate as key actors for peace.
• RfP has a strong track record of fostering effective inter-religious collaboration in the most challenging situations worldwide.
The RfP network advances multi-religious cooperation consistent with five guiding principles:
1. Respect religious differences.
2. Act on deeply held and widely shared values.
3. Preserve the identity of each religious community.
4. Honor the different ways religious communities are organized.
5. Link and help coordiante multi-religious action on local, national, regional and global levels
RfP’s national, regional and international multi-religious networks provide an effective mechanism for implementing projects and activities from the grassroots to national, regional and global levels. This multi-level approach is uniquely comprehensive, flexible to respond quickly to changing circumstances, and highly efficient in terms of utilizing local resources and sustaining community-led actions. To share only a few out of many illustrative examples:
Climate Change and Natural Disasters: In response to the natural disasters in Haiti, Japan and Nepal, RfP worked with the religious communities in the affected areas to assist them in relief and recovery efforts. This entailed, among others, providing grief counseling, distributing emergency supplies and establishing multi-sectoral referral system for urgently needed services provided by different sectors of society. RfP also engages religious communities in advocacy for a strong global climate treaty through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Empowering Women: RfP is advancing Restoring Dignity, a global initiative dedicated to engaging faith-based organizations, religious leaders, communities and individuals of faith for common action to end violence against women.
Through the years RfP has amassed a solid record of engagement in a number of conflict areas, including: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Burundi, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the Mano River and Great Lakes African sub-regions, Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar, Iraq, Israel and Palestine and Syria.
The Assembly under the theme, “Caring for our Common Future – Advancing Shared Well-being”, will be global in scale, multi-stakeholder in composition, and action-oriented. Some 900 senior religious leaders, youth and women of faith from over 100 countries will be joined by 100 representatives of governments, intergovernmental organizations, and civil society groups to forge multi-stakeholder partnerships for the common good.
Anja – Kyoto, Japan (1970), Leuven, Belgium (1974), Princeton, USA (1979), Nairobi, Kenya (1984), Melbourne, Australia (1989), Rome/Riva del Garde, Italy (1994), Amman, Jordan (1999), Kyoto, Japan (2006), Vienna, Austria (2013)
The Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly provides a safe place to bring together religious leaders and other relevant stakeholders from countries and areas of conflict for multi-religious mediation and negotiations.
The World Assembly will be entitled “Caring for Our Common Future – Advancing Shared Well-Being”, with subtopics being:
• Advancing peace through transforming violent conflict
• Advancing peace by promoting just and harmonious societies
• Advancing peace by working for sustainable, integral human development
• Advancing peace by protecting the earth
Major objectives of the Assembly include the development of an agenda with tangible agreements on the assumption of responsibility.
Besides, the World Assembly will elect the new Religions for Peace World Council of 60 religious leaders coming from all continents and major religions. The World Council is a global agent of action with its International Secretariat located in the United Nations Plaza in New York City.
That the tenth World Assembly is taking place in Germany is no coincidence. Close attention was paid on how Germany has worked to provide leadership on the great challenges of our day—from migration, conflict and the environment.
Lindau is on the shore of Lake Constance which links three countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland. What’s more, the assembly is building on a civilizing heritage that began with monks who came here from Ireland and France 1,400 years ago. Guests from all over the world will meet in an envirnoment that is deeply nourishing and calls us to urgently collaborate to protect our earth as part of a holistic vision of Peace.
For the realization of the World Assembly in Germany, the Foundation “Peace Dialogue of the World Religions and Civil Society” was founded with the couple Monika and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schürer, who is serving as its Chairman and Ulrich Schneider as Executive Director. Together with a small team located in Lindau and Berlin and in close partnership with the Religions for Peace office in New York, he is organizing the World Assembly. Within the German Federal Foreign Office, the division “Religion and Foreign Policy” supports the project as well as the Bavarian State Ministry.