28 June 2018, GENEVA: On 25 June 2018, the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue organized a World Conference on the theme of “Religions, Creeds and Value Systems: Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights” at the United Nations Office at Geneva, in collaboration with the International Catholic Migration Commission, the World Council of Churches, the Arab Thought Forum, the World Council of Religious Leaders, Bridges to Common Ground and the European Centre for Peace and Development.
The World Conference - held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan - was addressed by more than 35 world-renowned religious, political and lay leaders from the major regions of the world.
In his statement, His Holiness Swami Paramatmananda Saraswati, Secretary General and Convener of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, emphasized the importance of complying with the principle of non-discrimination as a way of respecting the order and harmony of the Universe.
The speaker explained that we should go beyond our differences to accept each other and to learn from our difference, so as to maintain the sustainability of the various forces that compose the Universe: “national harmony protects and nourishes us”, he stated.
He added that every human being, with its own “unique citizenship, unique sex, unique religious identity, unique creed, unique lineage, unique history, biography” represented a force that kept the Universe together..
According to His Holiness Saraswati, “When we discriminate, we disturb the ecology, we disturb the Harmony. When we discriminate on the basis of sex, religion, creed etc. we disturb the order, we disturb the harmony.”
Referring to the Hindu vision of the world, the speaker remarked that it was considered that all religions and creeds shared a common origin, and that no one was superior to another and needed to be equally respected.
Furthermore, he underscored that universal ethical values, such as sympathy, love, compassion, and truth “should be recognized and confirmed by all religions”, and concluded that these values constituted the core of the “Hindu religious teaching for responsible living”.
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The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, an organization with special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, is a think tank dedicated to the promotion of human rights through cross-cultural, religious and civilizational dialogue between the Global North and Global South, and through training of the upcoming generations of stakeholders in the Arab region. Its aim is to act as a platform for dialogue between a variety of stakeholders involved in the promotion and protection of human rights.
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