The Permanent Observer Mission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the United Nations hosted on September 29, 2014 at the United Nations in New York, an event titled "The Role of Religious and Traditional Leaders in Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism".
The event was put together by the OIC Mission in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations, The United States Institute of Peace, Finn Church Aid, Religions for Peace and the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers.
Following a two day workshop in Washington DC at the United States Institute of Peace under the same title, over two dozen local traditional and religious peacemakers from Myanmar, Sri Lanka Yemen, Somalia and Nigeria travelled to New York to share the outcomes of their workshop with UN experts, Member States and other interested experts from the New York area. The event in New York provided the peacemakers with the opportunity to discuss their work, the outcomes of the workshop and the way forward. This was a unique opportunity to interact with some prominent religious and traditional peacemakers who have been on the ground and directly facing conflict and humanitarian situations. The event also enabled the participants to hear about the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers. The participants appreciated the opportunity to hear about various experiences in promoting interfaith dialogue, diffusing conflict and bringing communities together.