31 October 2018, GENEVA – At the XIV International Conference on “A New Human Concept for Security” held on 26 October 2018 in Belgrade by the European Centre for Peace and Development – UN University for Peace, a resolution was unanimously adopted by the participants endorsing the Declaration “Moving Towards Greater Spiritual Convergence Worldwide in Support of Equal Citizenship Rights.

The latter was adopted as an outcome to the 25 June 2018 World Conference – organized by the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue - entitled “Religions, Creeds and Value-Systems: Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights” which was held at UN Geneva under the Patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

As of 31 October 2018, this landmark Declaration has been signed by more than 50 international opinion-makers.  

Through the adoption of the resolution endorsing the World Conference outcome Declaration, the participants call on all member States of the UN to sign and endorse it and to support the implementation of its provisions as well as follow-up actions.

The resolution likewise upholds the view that equal citizenship rights “is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world” and for which constitutes the “gateway for world peace.”

During his participation at the conference in Belgrade, the Executive Director of the Geneva Centre Ambassador Idriss Jazairy had appealed to the participants to sign and endorse the Declaration.

In his address to the participants, he said the Declaration offers an inspiring ideal of world citizenship that responds to citizens’ aspiration to a sense of belonging which will “foster their unity in diversity.” “A sense of belonging and sharing that extends to the nation and beyond to the world community,” he concluded.

The unanimously adopted resolution endorsing the Declaration read as follows:

To: The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue,

“We the participants of the XIV International Conference on A New Concept of Human Security, 26/10/2018, Belgrade of the ECPD, University for Peace established by the UN, choose to add our support to the outcome Declaration: ‘Moving Towards Greater Spiritual Convergence Worldwide in Support of Equal Citizenship Rights’ (General, 25/6/2018) that emanated from the World Conference (Geneva, Palais des Nations, 25/6/2018) on ‘Religions, Creeds and Value Systems: Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights,’

“We do so,

  • “In recognition of the inherent dignity and of equal and inalienable rights of the members of the human family which is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world and;
  • “Within a framework of philosophy, global citizenship and the golden means that spreads equal citizenship rights (ECR) as a gateway to world peace.

“Furthermore, we support its suggested follow-up actions of a periodic holding of World Summit, the setting-up of an International Task-Force on ECR and to include a relevant item in the Universal Periodic Review.

“Agreed by all participants/Signed by Dan Wallace, Roberto Savio, Jeffrey Levett and Negoslav Ostojic.”

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