History


Religions for Peace
is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing common action for peace since 1970. Religions for Peace understands that to build peace we must work to stop war, end poverty, and protect the earth. More than five billion people identify themselves as members of religious communities. These existing social networks reach from the smallest villages to national capitals and beyond. Religions for Peace uses these existing structures to advance common action for peace.

The Religions for Peace network consists of a World Council of senior religious leaders from all regions of the world, six regional inter-religious councils and more than seventy national ones, the Global Women of Faith Network, and the Global Religious Youth Network. Headquartered in New York and accredited to the United Nations, Religions for Peace works to foster interfaith dialogue in 92 countries in six continents, including some of the most challenging places around the globe.

Respecting religious differences, we work simultaneously on the local, national, regional, and international levels to build peace, based on deeply held and widely shared beliefs. We reject the misuse of religion and promote our shared responsibility to protect and care for one another, particularly the most vulnerable among us.

The origins of Religions for Peace date to 1961, when a handful of senior leaders from the world's major faith traditions began to explore the possibility of organizing a "religious summit." They felt the urgent need for believers around the world to take action toward achieving world peace. The World Conference of Religions for Peace convened for the first time in Kyoto, Japan, on 16-21 October 1970. For more than forty years, we have continued to bring together people of faith to cooperate for peace. We invite you to learn more about the history of Religions for Peace, and to find out how your religious community can join our interfaith network.