Conference on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,2023 Fostering Interfaith Harmony: A Catalyst for Peace and Progress

http://peacecenter.org.pk/upload/image001_6.pngSuperior University Lahore organized a conference on UN SDGs with the title of Fostering Interfaith Harmony: A Catalyst for Peace and Progress on 12 October,2023 in Lahore. Interfaith leaders Fr. James Channan OP, Pundit Baghat Lal Khokar, Sardar Dr. Kalyan Singh, Abdul Waheed participated as speakers in this conference. More than 500 students participated in this conference on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,2023. Superior University has soared to new heights, making Pakistan proud as it clinches a coveted spot among the top 25 Global Universities in the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) report on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) Best Practices. This remarkable achievement underscores the institution’s commitment to fostering sustainable development through education and innovation. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in 2015, have set a global agenda to address pressing issues such as poverty, inequality, climate change, and more. These goals serve as a blueprint for a better and more sustainable future for all, Superior University is dedicated to turn these global objectives into local realities. Superior University’s journey to this prestigious ranking has been characterized by a relentless pursuit of academic excellence and a steadfast commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The factors that have contributed to this remarkable milestone are as follows: Integrating SDGs into the Curriculum: One of the key reasons for Superior University’s success is its proactive approach to integrating the SDGs into its curriculum. All the faculties have tailored their programs to address the sustainable development challenges. This holistic approach ensures that graduates are not just academically proficient but also equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to drive positive change in their communities and beyond.

Community Engagement: Superior University’s commitment extends beyond the classroom and research labs. The institution actively engages with local communities to implement SDG-related projects. Whether it’s supporting clean energy initiatives, promoting gender equality, or improving access to education, the university plays a vital role in uplifting the communities it serves.

Fr. James Channan OP shared in his views that today the world population has reached 8 billion people according to the United Nations. In this World we have different religions, cultures, faiths, colors and languages and nations. We should understand that we are living with the people of different religions, faiths and cultures and with them we should accept them and we should live with them in harmony and peace. Our focus should be on combining things and we should be promoters of love and peace. We should play the role of unity among the people of different religions. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is a simple but effective guide for relating with people of different religions, cultures, ethnicity and backgrounds. Today we see different wars among nations and religions and we should learn a lesson from these wars. Here I want to say that we should give respect to differences. The Pope talks with the people of different religions on interfaith harmony and peace.

The World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Just under a month later, on October 20, 2010, it was unanimously adopted by the UN and henceforth the first week of February will be observed as a World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Reported by:
Asher Nazir
Executive Secretary
Peace Center, Lahore

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