"The first World Interfaith Harmony Week provides an opportunity to highlight around the world to the efforts being made by religious leaders, interfaith movements and individuals around the world to promote mutual respect and understanding between followers of different faiths and denominations ".
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
World Interfaith Harmony Week (World Interfaith Harmony Week) the international community for the first time held from 1 to February 7 in 2011. Later, it was decided to celebrate it in the first week of February each year.
20 October in 2010 on its 34th plenary session of the UN General Assembly recognized the need to promote dialogue between different faiths and religions in enhancing mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people. In support of this resolution was published, which proclaimed the first week of February, the World Harmony Week between all religions, creeds and faiths. The paper also stresses that the moral duty of the preachers of other religions and beliefs — encouraging people to peace, tolerance and mutual understanding.
Steps to interfaith harmony already taken over the world. UN appreciates the importance of global, regional and sub-regional initiatives aimed at achieving mutual understanding between people of different faiths. These include, for example, the Tripartite Forum on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace and the project "Common Cause". In 2011, a program of the Global Week included several events similar direction, the central of which was the discussion "The role of religious organizations and interfaith initiatives for development, reconciliation and peace».
The United Nations calls upon all States to During this week, on a voluntary basis to support the dissemination of ideas interfaith harmony and goodwill. Event centers have become churches, mosques, synagogues and other houses of worship around the world.
— I look forward to continuing to work with members of all faiths to stand above the tensions and misconceptions that so often divide us, and find a way of harmony and dignity for all, — said the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of the first World Interfaith Harmony Week.