*NEW YORK: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Wednesday adopted by consensus a resolution, sponsored by Pakistan and the Philippines, on promoting interreligious and intercultural dialogue.*
Speaking to APP after the 193-member Assembly’s action, Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said the resolution, which this year garnered a record 49 co-sponsors, had evolved into a “significant document” to pave the way for genuine and constructive dialogue across the world’s cultural and religious dialogue.
Under it’s terms, the UNGA reaffirmed the solemn commitment of all states to fulfill their obligations to promote universal respect for and protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, in accordance with the United Nations Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“At a time when multilateralism is under stress and many parts of the world are witnessing the rise of Islamophobia and spread of xenophobia, this resolution helps to reaffirm the need for dialogue and places the emphasis on the bonds that unite us,” Ambassador Lodhi said.
“In a fraught and uncertain world,” the Pakistani envoy said, “this resolution has special significance as it promotes interreligious and intercultural dialogue and encourages those working for peace and better understanding among people.”
Under the resolution, the states were invited to promote reconciliation to help ensure durable peace and sustained development, including through reconciliatory measures and acts of service.