"Underscoring the importance of the Alliance of Civilizations – launched by the UN in 2005 to help overcome prejudices between nations, cultures and religions – the Secretary-General stressed that it “stamps out sparks before they catch” and become fires. Mr. Ban said that this was critical, because “no amount of blue helmets, ceasefires or human rights monitors can bring lasting peace without a genuine spirit of cooperation among different communities, different faiths, [or] different groups.”"
Monday, April 6, 2009
Second Annual Alliance of Civilizations Begins Today in Istanbul
April 6, 2009: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discusses the importance of inter-faith cohesion in times of troubled economies.