The main declarations of the 2015 Parliament of the World‘s Religions

Climate Change

Climate change is a serious and real threat to all ecosystems of our planet. Today, no one disputes the fact that the main cause of this process is the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation and pollution of the oceans. Despite the seriousness of these phenomena it is possible thanks to the technological advances reverse this process. This struggle must not remain only in the scientific domain, but should be transferred to the philosophical and religious spheres. It is therefore necessary to base all actions and admission policies, in order to limit the effects of climate change and follow this principles:

  • Man is an integral part of nature on which its survival depends.
  • We have a moral obligation to preserve the environment for future generations.
  • We must respect the dignity and human rights of every person.
  • Humanity must act in a coordinated and comprehensive manner.

Combating climate change requires particular:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Accelerating the shift to renewable energy
  • Reviewing existing consumer lifestyle
  • Fighting poverty and promoting sustainable development strategy of the United Nations

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Combating Hatred, War and Violence

The end of the Cold War brought not only end of international tension and the bipolar system, but also hope for a more peaceful world. Despite certain progress made by the international community in the nineties when dealing with a number of global and regional problems, in today’s world continues to undergo military conflicts and various acts of violence and intolerance.

  • It should be kept in mind that the various religions and traditions have different and specific concept for the fight against intolerance, violence, war and terrorism. Each individual must therefore act according to their religion.
  • The international community must encourage especially the peaceful and non-violent protest against injustice, war and violence.
  • All human activities associated with these efforts must be based on fundamental principles of inter-religious dialogue and active civil society.

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Income Inequality and Social Disparities

The growing inequality between rich and poor that have been observed in recent years, are a major threat to people regardless of nationality or religious affiliation. These social differences are in direct conflict with our religious traditions and by the World Economic Forum can cause serious consequences for the international community.

For successfully coping with this complex problem it is necessary to act at several levels.

  • Firstly, it is essential to point out that greed is primarily a spiritual problem that only religion can provide an adequate solution.
  • The society has to confront greed and exploitation.
  • Spiritual leaders must use their moral authority and actively promote social inclusion policy.
  • Interreligious dialogue must also include a call for the adoption of such policies to the extent possible, promote social justice.

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The Human Rights and Dignity of Women

Women have an irreplaceable role in society, but their struggle for equality is still ongoing worldwide. One among three women is raped, physically or mentally abused. Seven hundred million women were married in childhood. More than one hundred and thirty million women have been forced to undergo some form of circumcision. Every year about two hundred thousand women become victims of so-called. honour killings, committed by their relatives.

Behind these statistics are hiding specific women’s destinies and we have to respond as follows.

  • We must realize that the right to humane treatment does not depend on gender. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the leading world’s religions call for a compassionate and fair treatment of all human beings.
  • Leaders of world religions must emphatically condemn violence against women.
  • World religions must focus more to spread the message of love and understanding in society.
  • Ensure equal representation of women in leading religious organizations.

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Declaration of Young Leaders

Worldwide has five out of ten people under thirty years, and yet it is the voice of young people is often overlooked. The international community must realize that young people form an indispensable part of social dialogue and their voice needs to be heard always when taking important political decisions. But it is also necessary to motivate young people to become actively involved in public affairs.

  • It is necessary to create more space in the state but also by private organizations for the mobilization of young people.
  • Political leaders must realize that decisions must take into account the impact of measures taken on youth.
  • There is also a need for better training and support young leaders at the local, national and international level.
  • We, the young leaders will not be silent followers of the older generation. Along with work, school and the friends we devote our energies and solving the problems of tomorrow.
  • We, the older and more experienced, we believe in the wisdom of young people and support their right to comment on the future of the world in which they live.
  • Many of our religious traditions obliges us to work together in the interests of humanity and the Earth.

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Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples in many countries have suffered for years as a marginalized groups deprived of rights and freedoms. Recent decades, however, this situation began to change and more countries have begun to accept and promote cultural diversity and traditions of indigenous people. Despite positive developments, there are still many aspects of these issues, offering room for improvement.

  • It is necessary to streamline the legal protection of indigenous populations, including the right to their own territory and natural resources.
  • Cultural heritage of indigenous people often includes various sacred sites to be protected from profanity.
  • Humanity should express gratitude for the gifts of nature and love from the Earth, which shows the beauty of our mothers, sisters, wives, daughters and all women.
  • Pope Francis should publicly revoke papal documents from the past in support of discovery paths that legitimize the usurpation of territories and natural resources usurped by the colonial powers.
  • We condemn all violence against indigenous women and indigenous people in general.

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