Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria

January 5, 2014 - UNO Geneva, Switzerland
By: UPF - Switzerland

The Significance of Religion, Faith-Based Organizations and Civil Society

Women's Federation for World Peace-Europe and the Universal Peace Federation in Europe together convened a special program entitled "Geneva: Track II" in Geneva, Switzerland on Jan. 23-25, 2014, concurrent with the "Geneva II" inter-governmental conference that aims to bring about a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Syria. The theme for the consultation was "Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: The Significance of Religion, Faith-Based Organizations and Civil Society."

The tragic and devastating consequences of the conflict war in Syria, both in terms of the loss of life and the millions of displaced persons, is giving rise to a humanitarian disaster of epic proportion. UPF applauds the efforts of the United Nations, the United States, Russia and the participating nations, and sought to offer support for the success of Geneva II.

Session 2, entitled "Contribution of Civil Society, NGO in support of the Peace Process in Syria" was chaired by Mrs. Carolyn Handschin, Director of WFWP International Office for UN Relations and WFWPI Vice President for Europe. The proceedings have been recorded by UPF Europe and are available on Vimeo.

Complete report available here.

Geneva Spiritual Appeal text: in English with links to translations in 11 other languages.