The Parliament of the World's Religions joins almost one hundred civil society global organizations and initiatives, which have come together in an unprecedented alliance to declare World UNITY Week from June 20-27, 2020. Parliament Chair, Audrey Kitagawa asserts that, "Civil society is the sleeping giant that has awakened to its power to create great global movements for the transformation of humanity.”
Beginning on the mid-year solstice June 20 with an Indigenous-led day of prayer, following a global series of free online events, World UNITY Week concludes on June 27th with a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter. World UNITY Week is an online global Convergence, a series of interactive events that are intergenerational, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, and international. Global organizations that have come together to declare World UNITY Week as a matter of urgency. Partners in this convergence include the United Religions Initiative, Pachamama Alliance, UNITY EARTH, UNEP Faiths for Earth Initiative, Interfaith Rainforest Initiative, EcoPeace Middle East, Four Worlds International, WholeWorld-View, Unify, UPLIFT, The Shift Network and We, The World .
Water will also be a major theme of World UNITY Week. World UNITY Water Day will be celebrated on Wednesday June 24 and is devoted to water and water-related issues. According to the organizers, World UNITY Week, is not intended to be a "one off” event, but is an open invitation for the global community to join in the monthly celebration of "The Global Days of Unity" leading towards the 11 Days of Global Unity culminating in a large-scale global celebration across Peace Weekend 2020 (September 19-21), centered on the annual U.N. International Day of Peace (September 21).
Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian Jr, Executive Director of the United Religions Initiative said: “at a time when the deep divisions and inequities that fracture the human community is being exposed, World Unity Week provides a way for us to reweave the fabric of our interconnectedness with people of all beliefs and cultures and with our planet while we continue to address the challenges we face.”
Join the global observance Saturday, June 20th!