Adventists Join Interfaith Group in Thanking UN Secretary-General for Stressing Importance of Religion
19 February 2019 | An inter-faith group recently wrote a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressing their appreciation for his frequent efforts to stress the importance of religion. The letter sent last month was signed by Adventist representative Jonathan Duffy of Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), along with other members of the Faith Advisory Council on which Duffy serves as vice-chair.
According to a report by The Lutheran World Federation, other signatories were the council’s co-chairpersons Ms Tarja Kantola, (Finn Church Aid) and Faisal bin Muammar, (King Abdullah Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue) and vice-chair Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati (Global Interfaith WASH Alliance). The Faith Advisory Council is comprised of representatives from 32 different organizations.
“We wish to offer you our collective wisdom, presence, and experience, such that we may uphold and advance together the values, principles and commitments to human rights, peace and security and sustainable development, as agreed to by the Member States of the United Nations,” the letter stated.
The Faith Advisory Council launched in September 2018. It co-hosts events to increase visibility for the partnerships between faith-inspired organizations and the United Nations.