The United Nations (UNs) observe World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) as an annual event during the first week of February (1-7 February).
- WIHW 2022 also observed from February 1 to 7,2022 with the theme “Faith and Spiritual Leadership to Combat Stigma and Conflict During Pandemic Recovery”.
- Aim – To promote cultural peace and nonviolence.
i.The WIHW was first proposed at the UNGA on 23rd September 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan.
- World Interfaith Harmony Week was commemorated at the UN for the first time on 7th February 2011.
ii.On 20th October 2010, UN unanimously adopted the first week of February as a WIHW through the resolution UNGA A/RES/65/5.
iii.The WIHW is based on the pioneering work of ‘The Common Word initiative’ which was authored by Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad and released in 2007.
- The A Common Word Initiative and the World Interfaith Harmony Week stem from the idea that humanity is bound together by the two shared commandments of ‘Love of God and Love of the Neighbour’ or ‘Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbour’.
ii.This effort of harmony which began in 2007 called for Muslim and Christian leaders discussion towards both religious Commandments