Ban Ki-Moon Opening Remarks At U.N. Global Interfaith

follow up on: Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings At U.N. Global Interfaith (see comments)
(a few quotes from the opening remarks)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
General Assembly
12 November 2008

Remarks at the General Assembly High-Level Meeting on the Promotion of Inter-Religious and Inter-Cultural Dialogue, Understanding and Cooperation for Peace

"Your Majesties, Your Highnesses, Distinguished Heads of State and Government."
"Thank you all for coming together for this high-level meeting. Your presence testifies to the importance and urgency of dialogue in today's world."
"Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Saudi Arabia has taken a truly inspiring initiative for global harmony and mutual understanding. I thank the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, for his dynamic role in making this gathering possible."
We live in a wonderfully diverse global village."
"But we cannot be satisfied with declarations of intent and commonality, important as those are. What we need is dialogue that delivers. We need new partnerships that will continue after the last delegate has gone home."
'For this to work, we need to involve everyone. Government officials, grassroots groups, CEOs, philanthropists, academics and the media."
"And we especially need the world's young people. By virtue of their youth, prejudice may not be as ingrained; in a sense, they may have less to unlearn. They are well placed to approach the unfamiliar -- people, customs, ideas -- with open minds." full text
re: "Your Majesties, Your Highnesses, Distinguished Heads of State and Government. Thank you all for coming together for this high-level meeting"
History repeats: Daniel 3:3 "Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counselors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up."


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