Universal Code of Holy Sites

The NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief


The Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN


Monday, January 28

For an introduction and discussion of the proposed new

“Universal Code of Holy Sites”

1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Bahá’í International Community

866 UN Plaza (Suite 120)

The Universal Code on Holy Sites was developed out of recognition that holy sites are at the center of many conflicts around the world. Its goal is to provide a mechanism to monitor and protect holy sites, and to promote peace and reconciliation between people from diverse ethnic and religious communities and nationalities.

This event will feature representatives from each of the main organizations which developed the Code and are working to secure its implementation:

– Dag Aakre of One World in Dialogue.

– Anne Hushagen of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights.

– Sharon Rosen of Search for Common Ground.

– Stein Villumstad of Religions for Peace

Holiday Gathering


Peace Christmas Lights

Wednesday, December 12th

1:15-2:45 pm

Church Center for the United Nations

Hardin Room, 11th Floor

Join us to celebrate the season as a community. Everyone will have the opportunity to share successes from 2012 as well as hopes and visions for 2013. Refreshments will be served.
 We will also discuss of plans for World Interfaith Harmony Week (1-7 February), to build on our success by increasing worldwide participation.

November Meeting

 In recognition of the UN International Day for Tolerance,

 the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations invites you to

Breaking the Cycle of Religious Intolerance

A roundtable discussion of how to make a difference featuring:


Dr. William Vendley, Religions for Peace

Sr. Caroljean Willie, Sisters of Charity Federation


Planning for World Interfaith harmony Week 2013

Led by RNGO Vice President Deborah Moldow


Thursday, November 15th

1:00-3:00 pm

Church Center for the United Nations

Hardin Room, 11th Floor

October Meeting

The Committee of Religious NGOs will hold

A Conversation with Amb. Suzan Johnson-Cook

Wednesday, October 17th 

3:30-4:30 pm

(Please arrive between 3:00-3:15 for security)

United States Mission to the United Nations

45th Street & First Avenue (enter on 45th St.)

You MUST RSVP to mbwillard@aol.com by Monday, Oct. 15th to attend this event. Please put “U.S. Mission Oct. 17th” in the subject line and give your name and organization. Thank you in advance.

RNGOs Stand Vigil July 12 for Arms Trade Treaty

Every weekday from July 4- 27, from 1:00-1:15 p.m., a different religious group or individual will lead a 15-minute vigil at the Isaiah Wall across from the United Nations (between 42nd and 44th Street on the west side of 1st Avenue).

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN stood in vigil at 1:00 on Thursday, July 12th.

Arms Trade Treaty Vigil 7-12-12

RNGOs Support Arms Trade Treaty on July 12, 2012

The purpose of the vigil is to advocate at the United Nations for a strong and binding Arms Trade Treaty. There is an interfaith declaration that states the following:

“Every year, communities are divided or destroyed and millions of people are killed, injured, raped and forced to flee from their homes as a result of war and armed violence. The poorly regulated global trade in conventional arms and ammunition fuels conflict, poverty, gender based violence and human rights abuses. Such injustices are an affront to human dignity and the sacredness of life.”

From July 2-27, the UN will hold a conference which will seek to produce a “legally binding instrument on the highest possible common international standards for the transfer of conventional arms.” We in the UN community know that this will not be accomplished without significant struggle and without a change of heart and mind. We know that we need the “powers and principalities” to bow to what’s right and what’s good for all of humanity. And so we need to gather together to focus and to give those advocating the support they need to do this work.

Please join us.

Coming Up in May

2nd Annual Luncheon and Discussion on Interreligious Cooperation with Missions and UN Agencies

Thursday, May 24

1-3 PM at Church Center, 2nd Floor

Hosted by the Committee of Religious NGOs with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations

Free for paid members

$10 per person for non-members and guests

You MUST R.S.V.P. by Monday  21 May to Carolina Vasquez <cvasquez@bic.org>

Wednesday, May 16


RNGOs co-sponsored the film Mayan Renaissance on May 16th in the Tillman Chapel of the Church Center for the United Nations at First Avenue and 44th Street.

This film was shown during the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to highlight this year’s Special Theme, “The Doctrine of Discovery: Its Enduring Impact on Indigenous Peoples.” It stars 1992 Nobel Peace Laureate and Maya leader Rigoberta Menchu Tum.

A 7-minute preview of the film can be seen at: http://mayanrenaissance.org

RNGOs Tour “Transition to Christianity”

April 24, 2012Image

The RNGO’s were invited by the Onassis Cultural Center, as arranged courtesy of RNGO Bureau member Lila Prounis, to a special guided tour of the exhibition, Transition to Christianity.

Coffee and traditional Greek pastries were offered before the tour.


RNGOs Visit “Transition to Christianity”

The vibrant and complex life of the Eastern Mediterranean during a time of reinvention and renewal is the subject of the exhibition at the Onassis Cultural Center in Midtown Manhattan. On view from December 7, 2011 through May 14, 2012, Transition to Christianity: Art of Late Antiquity, 3rd – 7th Century A.D. brings together more than 170 exceptional objects on loan from Greek museums, as well as museums in Cyprus and the United States. Incorporating many outstanding works of art that have never before been seen outside Greece, as well as recently discovered works that are being exhibited for the first time anywhere, Transition to Christianity reveals a period of extraordinary and perhaps unexpected creativity in the Greek world of Late Antiquity.

Warm thanks to Lila Prounis, who represents the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council of North and South America, for arranging this fascinating and informative tour.