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Civil society partnerships

The United Nations and religious communities

Engagement with religious communities has significantly expanded within the United Nations over the past 20 years. Various UN General Assembly resolutions – such as the 2010 resolution 65/138 ‘Promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace’ – and the World Interfaith Harmony week launched in 2011 reflect the growing visibility and importance given to religion. 

In addition to UNICEF, there are many other UN agencies, such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), that have extensive experience working with religious communities. The increased engagement within the UN is also reflected by the 2009 creation of an Inter-Agency Task Force on Faith-based Organizations and the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals),  currently comprised of 10 UN agencies, as a way to ensure a common platform and means of sharing ideas and the results of engagement.



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