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World Religious Leaders Summit for Peace


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The World Council of Religions for Peace

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We, senior leaders of the world’s religions, have convened in a World Religious Leaders Summit for Peace in Sapporo, Japan, just prior to the Group of Eight (G8) Hokkaido Toyako Summit. We are united in our commitment to peace, which includes our concern for the inviolable dignity of all people, the dire suffering of so many and the well-being of our shared Earth. 


We carry forward important work begun in multi-religious meetings held just prior to the G8 summits in Moscow (2006) and Cologne (2007).  We have been convened by Religions for Peace—Japan in partnership with the World Conference of Religions for Peace.   


We are united in our call to the G8 to take bold action to address the threats that confront humanity, including the destruction of the environment and climate change, extreme global poverty and deteriorating food security, nuclear arms, terrorism and violent conflict....


Action by all governments, civil society, private sector, religious communities and—in the final analysis—every member of the human family is required to advance the common good.  We urge the G8 to respond in ways designed to engage these stakeholders in building our common future. 


Religious communities have roles in building peace.  Before outlining these roles, we acknowledge with genuine sorrow that all religions have at times been misused in fomenting violence.


...Collectively, our religious communities are the world’s largest social networks which reach into the furthest corners of the earth and include countless institutions dedicated to caring for people. ... Mobilizing these great social, moral and spiritual dimensions of the world’s religions in service of the common good is essential for the well-being of the human family.


...all religions obligate their followers to work for justice among all peoples, and to care for one another and our common home, the earth....


OUR COMMITMENT. As religious leaders, we are committed to the path of multi-religious cooperation for peace.  Religious traditions—each in its own way—summons their followers to the path of multi-religious cooperation for the common good....

SHARED SECURITY. ... Shared Security builds on the concept of Human Security by focusing on the fundamental inter-relatedness of all persons and the environment. 

Shared Security includes a comprehensive respect for the interconnectedness and dignity of all life.  It is based upon our mutual interdependence and the most universal and fundamental fact that all humans live in one world. It recognizes that the well-being of one is related to the well-being of others and ultimately to the earth that we all share.  It calls us to recognize that past, present and future are linked.  Together, we must acknowledge past failings, face present challenges and accept our responsibilities to future generations. 


Shared Security is concerned with the full continuum of human relations—from relationships among individuals to the ways that peoples are organized in nations or international organizations. It respects state sovereignty, but also supports democratic and transparent cooperation among states and peoples. 


It follows that the security of one actor of international relations must not be detrimental to others.  International actors who are responsible for global decision-making must act transparently and be open to the contributions of all stakeholders, including religious communities which represent a major part of civil society.   A similar concern for a just world order, respecting different national and religious traditions, was made at the Moscow World Summit of Religious Leaders (2006). ....


...We call upon the G8 to:


  • Provide global leadership designed to combat the victimization of groups based on culture or creed. 
  • Work to end occupation and establish just, honorable and comprehensive peace...
  • ...partnerships to help address the problems of terrorism and violent conflict.  
  • ... limit the production and export of arms into areas of violent conflict.
  • Promote a culture of peace by advancing non-violent conflict resolution and peace education.

[i] We recall and embrace as our own an historic multi-religious acknowledgement on the misuse of religion: 

“As men and women of religions, we confess in humility and penitence that we have very often betrayed our religious ideals and our commitment to peace.  It is not religion that has failed the cause of peace, but religious people.  This betrayal of religion can and must be corrected.”[i] (From the global multi-religious Declaration adopted at the Religions for Peace First World Assembly in Kyoto, Japan, 1970.)   

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