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OIC Permanent Observer to the UN Spoke at the Annual World Harmony Week

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation's Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Ambassador Agshin Mehdiyev attended and addressed the Annual World Harmony Week. The event organized by the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, honoring World Interfaith Harmony Week "Interfaith Harmony: Embracing the Other" was held on Monday 6 February 2017 at the Tillman Chapel, Church Center for the United Nations, New York.

The event  brought together representatives of different faiths and cultures to celebrate the principles of coexistence, harmony, mutual respect and tolerance within the framework of the harmony week.

 On behalf of the OIC General Secretariat, Ambassador Mehdiyev delivered his statement in the event. The statement underscored the OIC’s guiding principles of tolerance, mutual respect and understanding, and peaceful coexistence towards other religions and cultures. It focused on the OIC’s role as committed partner of the international community in promoting respect for different kinds of traditions and religious practices and in rejecting intolerance, discrimination and violent extremism in their various forms.

 As part of the OIC’s continued support to the issue of tolerance and harmony among religions and cultures, a number of relevant OIC programs, and activities were highlighted and OIC’s commitment to this cause as an organization that has been in the forefront of all efforts to this end, was reiterated.

Amon the speakers in the event were also Rev. Dionne Boisseire, from Chaplain Church Center for the UN, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilization delivered his statement on the occasion. His statement was followed by some reading from Polynesian Indigenous traditions, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism.