New York, 20 December 2023 (TDI): The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution unanimously presented by Pakistan and Philippines, which focuses on the “promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding, and cooperation for peace.
While introducing the resolution Permanent Representative of Pakistan to United Nations, Ambassador Akram, highlighted the necessity of fostering a “culture of peace.”
He stated that it is essential to accommodate the diverse ethnic, religious, and cultural elements that form the mosaic of modern states and our globalized international community.
The adoption of resolution sponsored jointly by Pakistan and Philippines in General Assembly by consensus reflects a steadfast commitment by the Member States to promote understanding, so vital to fostering a culture of peace.
The Ambassador added that the unanimous adoption of the resolution conveys a clear message of global solidarity and collaboration. Pakistan remains committed to spearheading endeavors aimed at advancing interreligious and intercultural dialogue, promoting cooperation for peace.
As a primary facilitator this year, Pakistan successfully reinstated traditional consensus support by engaging in meticulous, transparent, and inclusive consultations.
The resolution also welcomes the observance of International Day to Combat Islamophobia on March 15th.
The Resolution also underlines the significance and respect for “religious symbols” and reaffirms that violence is not justifiable or acceptable response to acts of intolerance.
Furthermore, it added that violence should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization, or ethnic group.
The Foreign Ministry Pakistan in a statement said that the unanimous adoption of the resolution by the General Assembly is particularly significant in view of the alarming rise in religious intolerance and racism, particularly Islamophobia, across the globe.
It added that Pakistan will continue to lead efforts to promote interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace and the values of peaceful coexistence and inter-faith and cultural harmony.