In cooperation with its partners in South Africa, the Parliament hosted the second modern day Parliament of the World's Religions in Cape Town, South Africa in December 1999.

Holding the 1999 Parliament in Cape Town provided thousands of people with the opportunity to witness first-hand the role that religion and spirituality played in creating a new South African nation. The International AIDS quilt was brought to the Parliament giving focus to the AIDS crisis.

At the 1999 Parliament, the Parliament presented a new document, A Call to Our Guiding Institutions - addressed to religion, government, business, education, and media - to invite these institutions to reflect on and transform their roles at the threshold of the next century.

A Call to Our Guiding Institutions

This document was introduced at the 1999 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Cape Town, South Africa.  The Call to Our Guiding Institutions is an appeal for active, ongoing dialogue about the creation of a just, peaceful, and sustainable future. For this reason, the Call consists of specific invitations to various sectors of society, rather than sweeping declarations.
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