Addis Ababa, October 6,2010
Nobel Peace Laureates
RE: URI AFRICA APPEALS TO NOBEL PEACE LAUREATES TO ENDORSE THE GOLDEN RULE DAY
Dear Participants of World Summit of Noble Peace Laureates:
Greetings of peace and blessing from Africa.
First of all I would like to thank all of you on behalf United Religions Initiative (URI) and Interfaith Peace-building Initiative (IPI) for your outstanding contribution to build the culture of peace in our world. I want also to thank the host of the summit Dr. Tadatoshi Akiba, Mayor of Hiroshima and President of Mayors for Peace
The threat posed to humanity and all other forms of life by the destructiveness of nuclear weapons presents an unacceptable risk for this and future generations. Therefore it is high time for world religious leaders to exercise their moral persuasion for the elimination of nuclear weapons to prevent the greatest environmental catastrophe. As interfaith organizations which are working to promote enduring daily interfaith cooperation and promote a culture of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings, URI and IPI are very thrilled to learn that the theme of the summit is “The Legacy of Hiroshima: a World Without Nuclea r Weapons.” Since we are also working toward this end, we would like to join hands with you to make it happen.
On the occasion of this historic Summit, URI Africa and IPI would like to call upon you to consider and address the issue of interfaith and intercultural constructive dialogue and the teaching of the Golden Rule as one agenda item of your upcoming meeting and to include it in your final declaration as these issues help a lot in building a culture of peace, compassion and trust among nations and civilizations.
URI Africa and IPI also call upon the Nobel Peace Laureates to proclaim the Golden Rule Day and to join hands with us in encouraging all members of the United Nations to be guided by the principles of the Golden Rule in order to improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions, and to help counter the forces that fuel polarization and extremism.
As you know the Golden Rule is a universal principle that says “treat others the way you want to be treated.” It is a pathway to peace, democracy, harmony, and right human relationships. It has been affirmed in many religions, traditions, indigenous cultures and secular philosophies as a fundamental principle of life and the foundation upon which a global ethic is founded. The message of the Golden Rule is simple, universal and powerful and is the most prevalent and universal moral principle in human history.
For a culture of peace, compassion and justice to prevail on Earth, I believe it is high time to promote the Golden Rule throughout the world as it is a fundamental principle that addresses critical issues such as democracy, human rights, respect for each other, gender equity, social development, interfaith harmony, constructive dialogue among nations, conflict prevention and right human relationship.
With this in mind, in 2007 IPI declared April 5 “Golden Rule Day” and called upon all citizens of the world, religious leaders of the world, mayors, heads of state of the world, the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, the League of Arab States, interfaith organizations, schools, higher learning institutions, the business community and civil society to join IPI in proclaiming this day as Golden Rule Day and to live accordingly to make this world a better place for all and the coming generation. In addition to this IPI also started a Golden Rule Goodwill Ambassador programme to highlight more the need of Golden Rule in the world
Wishing you a fruitful meeting and looking forward to your endorsement of these important issues.
May Peace Prevail on Earth
Ambassador Mussie Hailu
Regional Director of URI for Africa
and Board Chairman of IPI
The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates will be held in Hiroshima on November 12th-14th, 2010. The title of this year’s Summit is “The Legacy of Hiroshima: a World without Nuclear Weapons.”