Geneva, 7 February 2023 (TDI): The United Nations (UN) observed World Interfaith Harmony Week in the first week of February.

Harmony in a Crisis-riddled World 

The week is celebrated to promote mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue, in order to create and maintain a culture of peace and establish a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.

Discourse and dialogue on this are necessary and imperative among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony, and cooperation among people.

The UN General Assembly encourages all countries to spread the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s worship places i.e., churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, and other places of worship during that week.

Origin of Interfaith Harmony Week

The idea of World Interfaith Harmony Week was conceived to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence. It was first proposed by King Abdullah II of Jordan at the United Nations in 2010.

It was then adopted by the UN General Assembly under the resolution A/RES/65/5 and declared the first week of February to celebrate the World Interfaith Harmony.

This calls for governments, institutions, organizations, and civil society to observe it with various programs and initiatives that would promote harmony among faiths.