October 2011

FROM GENEVA

NGLS interviews Indigenous Representatives at the Fourth Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service, September 2011

The fourth session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which provides the Human Rights Council with thematic expertise on the rights of indigenous peoples, was held in Geneva on 11 - 15 July 2011. Along with the five independent members of the Expert Mechanism, the meeting brought together several representatives of Member States, UN bodies and specialized agencies, NGOs, national human rights institutions, academia and indigenous organizations.  

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FROM MONTREAL

Second Global Conference on World’s Religions
Can Religion Be A Force For Good?”
Arvind Sharma, Tony Blair Faith Foundation, September 11, 2011

The first global conference on the World’s Religions After September 11 had its genesis in this conviction of religions acting for good. It met from September 11-15, 2006 at the Palais des Congrés in Montreal; its theme was: “can religion be a force for good?” It was attended by 2025 delegates from 84 countries and yielded the insight, which like many great insights appears obvious in retrospect, that religions become a force for good when they work with each other, and a force for evil when they work against each other.

Hence this one-day Second Global Conference on World’s Religions after September 11, which met in Montreal at the Palais des Congrés on September 7, 2011, and sought to bring religions on a common platform through the theme of “Peace Through Religion”.

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