World Assemblies

About every five years, Religions for Peace gathers hundreds of eminent religious leaders from the world’s great faith traditions together in an assembly where they can share concerns about international affairs and address political and social issues. Each assembly adopts a formal Declaration, which guides the focus of the global network for the next five years. Since the first World Assembly in Kyoto, Japan, in October 1970, Religions for Peace has convened eight Assemblies on five continents.


2013 More than six hundred religious leaders and people of faith convened in Vienna, Austria as the 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace to commit to common action, as a foundation for affirming the imperative of “welcoming the other” as the heart of our multi-religious vision of Peace. 2006 More than 800 religious leaders joined the Eighth World Assembly of Religions for Peace in Kyoto, rejecting the hijacking of religions for violence and pledging to promote shared security.  
1999 Religious leaders from 15 religious traditions and 70 countries convened in Amman, Jordan, for the Seventh World Assembly of Religions for Peace, “a renewed opportunity to present to a pluralistic world, models of peace and reconciliation in keeping with their sacred texts.”  1994 Nearly 1,000 religious leaders gathered in Riva del Garde, Italy, for the Sixth World Assembly of Religions for Peace, including an address from Pope John Paul II.
1989 Six hundred religious leaders met in Melbourne, Australia, for the Fifth World Assembly of Religions for Peace. Thirty-five percent women, the delegates met in a nuclear-weapons-free zone to “seek peace, pursue justice, and preserve the sacredness of nature.” 1984 Religious leaders from 60 countries met in Nairobi, Kenya, for the Fourth World Assembly of Religions for Peace, and called for action to advance “human dignity and world peace.”
1979 Religious leaders met in Princeton, New Jersey, USA, for the Third World Assembly of Religions for Peace, where they dedicated themselves to the theme “Religion in the Struggle for World Community.” 1974 Religious leaders gather at the Catholic University of Louven, Belgium, for the Religions for Peace Second World Assembly, and declare “We are resolved henceforth to serve humanity together.”
1970 Religions for Peace convened its first World Assembly of religious leaders in Kyoto, Japan