Faith leaders to launch sustainable development blueprint

Eight of the world’s major religions are set to launch ambitious plans to help lift millions of people out of poverty in line with the United Nations’ own

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UN officials congratulate Pope Francis on assuming leadership of Catholic Church

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the head of the United Nations-backed Alliance of Civilizations, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, have offered their congratulations to Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has taken the name Pope Francis on his assumption of the papacy.

UN chief spotlights role of inter-faith dialogue to empower women

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today drew attention to the role of faith leaders in promoting female empowerment, noting that they can help address gender prejudices and support women’s participation in society at all levels.

Annan urges respect, and not narrow 'tolerance,' for different faiths and cultures

If people of different faiths and cultures are to rebuild trust and confidence again after tensions caused by conflicts and acts of terrorism, then they must actively learn about and respect the beliefs and traditions of each other- and not just grudgingly accept them, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.