|The Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders|
Commitment to Global Peace
Humanity stands at a critical juncture in history, one that calls for strong moral and spiritual leadership to help set a new direction for society. We, as religious and spiritual leaders, recognize our special responsibility for the well-being of the human family and peace on earth.
Whereas the United Nations and the religions of the world have a common concern for human dignity, justice and peace;
Whereas we accept that men and women are equal partners in all aspects of life and children are the hope of the future;
Whereas religions have contributed to the peace of the world but have also been used to create division and fuel hostilities;
Whereas our world is plagued by violence, war and destruction, which are sometimes perpetrated in the name of religion;
Whereas armed conflict is a dire tragedy for the human lives ruined and lost, for the larger living world, and for the future of our religious and spiritual traditions;
Whereas no individual, group or nation can any longer live as an isolated microcosm in our interdependent world, but rather all must realize that our every action has an impact on others and the emerging global community;
Whereas in an interdependent world peace requires agreement on fundamental ethical values;
Whereas there can be no real peace until all groups and communities acknowledge the cultural and religious diversity of the human family in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding;
Whereas building peace requires an attitude of reverence for life, freedom and justice, the eradication of poverty, and the protection of the environment for present and future generations;
Whereas a true culture of peace must be founded upon the cultivation of the inner dimension of peace, which is the heritage of the religious and spiritual traditions;
Whereas religious and spiritual traditions are a core source of the realization of a better life for the human family and all life on Earth.
In light of the above, and with a view to discharging our duty to the human family, we declare our commitment and determination:
We, as religious and spiritual leaders, pledge our commitment to work together to promote the inner and outer conditions that foster peace and the nonviolent management and resolution of conflict. We appeal to the followers of all religious traditions and to the human community as a whole to cooperate in building peaceful societies, to seek mutual understanding through dialogue where there are differences, to refrain from violence, to practice compassion, and to uphold the dignity of all life.
Bawa Jain, Secretary General of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders