The United Religions Initiative (URI) uses an interfaith, community-driven approach to achieve sustainable peace around the world. Our 791 Cooperation Circles (CCs) in 96 countries work on an array of thematic peace priorities, including the UN's Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This year's International Day of Peace (IDP) on September 21 aims to raise awareness for these Goals and mobilize communities to fulfill them from the ground up. Celebrate IDP by supporting URI's global network!
: Recent events show deep divisions of religion and culture. Peace and collaboration must start in local communities, where we all face issues of poverty, environmental sustainability, education, equality, and women's rights in different ways. More than ever, we need to connect local realities and international efforts, for which the Goals provide a framework for collaboration.
Collaboration on community-identified peace priorities means a more sustainable, inclusive peace for all, but taking the step to bridge gaps of culture or faith can be challenging or dangerous. URI's Cooperation Circles combine interfaith bridge-building with community-based action to address causes of conflict and global issues in local settings. URI builds communities' organizing capacity, connecting CCs to each other and international initiatives for change, including the Global Goals.
This project will provide vital support for capacity building for communities globally to pursue peace together. URI is powered by grassroots change which drives progress towards larger international priorities for peace. We provide the resources to translate the spark of activism into innovative approaches bringing different parts of communities together. URI's global network elevates local voices and builds regional and international connections for comprehensive, inclusive peace processes.