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Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

URI was registered as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with the United Nations Department of Public Information in 2003, and received special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council in 2007. As a UN NGO, URI disseminates UN information to its members and helps catalyze grassroots action around UN issues and initiatives, such as the International Day of Peace.

URI Cooperation Circles work at every level, from influencing policymakers to disseminating information and training at the grassroots, to build peace, heal existing tensions, and prevent new conflicts.

They do this through:

  • speaking out against religious extremism,
  • providing alternatives for children who would otherwise be at risk for terrorist recruitment,
  • hosting safe spaces for diverse groups to enter into respectful discussion,
  • training peacemakers in conflict resolution techniques,
  • many more initiatives that aim to change the systems from which conflicts emerge, so future conflict does not recur.
Label: Featured Cooperation Circles

Greater Concord Interfaith Council

North America,
30 members

Japan Interfaith Council

Asia,
30 members

Youth For Development, Cameroon

Africa,
30 members

Nasolo Cooperation Circle

Africa,
184 members

Sadbhawana Samiti

Asia,
9 members

Volunteering for Peace CC

Middle East and North Africa,
95 members

Youths for Peace CC

Africa,
7 members

Youth Today Foundation CC

Africa,
7 members

Stronger Together Across Traditions

North America,
12 members

Dwarka Peace Society

Asia,
7 members

Makers of Hope

Middle East and North Africa,
9 members

Youth for New World

Middle East and North Africa,
9 members

Egyptian Interfaith Association CC

Middle East and North Africa,
10 members

Bridge of Peace CC

Asia,
12 members

The World Religion and Tolerance Group

North America,
25 members

Pakigdait, Inc. CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
12 members

Onkar Academy

Asia,
7 (seven) members

Jordan Seeds of Peace CC

Middle East and North Africa,
12 members

Zero Limits CC

Asia,
35 members

Impart Liberia

Africa,
25 members

Interfaith Cooperation Circle of Kaua’i

North America,
16 members

Body and Soul Development CC

Africa,
11 members

Sarvodaya Shanti Sena CC

Asia,
50 members

Dialogue for Peace

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Chapomoka CC

Africa,
11 members

UNIFY

Multi-Region,
1500 members

Wiregrass Spiritual Enrichment Center CC

North America,
11 members

Pamoja Cooperation Circle

Africa,
17 members

Global Youth Movement – GYM

Multi-Region,
150 members

YouthLEAD Africa

Africa,
8 members

Harijan Sewak Sangh CC

Asia,
7 members

Building Better Society CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
100 members

Swapna Bastabe

Asia,
24 members

Palestinian Peace Club CC

Middle East and North Africa,
8 members

Salam Shabab CC

Middle East and North Africa,
40 members

SYNC for Harmony

Multi-Region,
7 members

Prafull Oorja

Multi-Region,
18 members

The Quiet Voice

Africa,
10 members

Global Compassion

Africa,
30 members

Atma Darshana-Yoga CC

Asia,
10 (ten) members

Face to Face / Faith to Faith

Africa,
90 members

Ex Conselheiras e Conselheiros da URI Global Regiao ALC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Janseva Pratishthan, Vita

Asia,
11 members

Action of Dialogue & Development for Life (ADD for Life)

Middle East and North Africa,
7 (seven) members

Gilvah

Africa,
7 members

1GOD.com

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
8 members

Al-Karma-CIDT CC

Middle East and North Africa,
9 members

Asia Culture House

Asia,
100 members

Youth for the Future

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Youth of Peace, Yemen

Middle East and North Africa,
12 members

Círculo Latinoamericano de Músicos

Latin America and the Caribbean,
20 members

Myittar Resource Foundation CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
400 members

The Oracle Institute

North America,
17 members

Kashmir Valley CC

Asia,
7 members

St. Goretti CC

Asia,
105 members

World Kindness Liberia

Africa,
12 members

Bright Future CC

Asia,
10 members

Satsang Research Center

Asia,
21 members

Blantyre CC

Africa,
28 members

Parwaaj CC

Asia,
10 members

URI Anjilithanam Kerala CC

Asia,
9 members

Asian Resource Foundation CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
1000 members

Change Mind Change Future

Africa,
54 members

EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East Cooperation Circle

Middle East and North Africa,
100+ members

The Palestinian Peace Society CC

Middle East and North Africa,
250 members

Arizona Interfaith Movement

North America,
112 members

Sun Devils Are Better Together (SUNDABT)

North America,
50 members

Advocates For Grassroots Inter-Religious Cooperation

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

A-CAUSE-TICS

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
7 (seven) members

URI Youth Aotearoa

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

Cultural Infusion CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

Kakatiya Cooperation Circle

Asia,
7 members

Circle of Healers CC

Multi-Region,
32 members

Interfaith Action for Community –IAC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
20 members

Global Peace Tourism

Asia,
500 members

Vidyasagar Society

Asia,
101 members

African Youth Peace Initiatives

Africa,
175 members

URI-Burundi

Africa,
12 members

Amalumbo Community Trust

Africa,
10 members

Souharda CC, Joypurhat

Asia,
10 members

Chigumula CC

Africa,
10 members

Misericorde Association

Africa,
50 members

Suchetana CC

Asia,
13 members

Giving Without Borders

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Albadiya for Intercultural Dialogue Initiative (AIDI)

Middle East and North Africa,
7 (seven) members

Wasatia CC

Middle East and North Africa,
300 members

URI-Child and Youth Education Organization (Cyeo)

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
20 members

Caminhos da Terra

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Larsa

Middle East and North Africa,
9 members

La Villa de Arcilla

Multi-Region,
9 members

EKta Samaj Foundation

Asia,
7 members

Afrikayyah Interfaith Council

Multi-Region,
18 members

Heartbeat: Jerusalem CC

Middle East and North Africa,
8 members

Powdikkonam CC Trivandrum

Asia,
25 members

Alliance For Development (AFODE)

Africa,
250 members

Just Vision CC

North America,
9 members

Sadbhawana Foundation

Asia,
100 members

Neeleswaram CC

Asia,
10 (ten) members

CARAVAN

Multi-Region,
300 members

Evropress Club of Journalists

Europe,
27 members

Cosmic Community Centre CC

Asia,
35 members

Helping Hands CC

Asia,
18 members

Light of Hope CC

Asia,
7 (seven) members

Joy Foundation

Asia,
45 members

ANT-Hiroshima

Asia,
100 members

The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD)

Middle East and North Africa,
15 members

Samaanta CC

Asia,
8 members

Interfaith Youth Council

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
22 members

Ahle Aman Society AASS CC

Asia,
8 members

The Voices of Peace CC

Middle East and North Africa,
12 members

Sarwadharm Vichar Manch

Asia,
7 members

Sombor Educational Centre (SEC)

Europe,
17 members

Maia Earth Village

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
11 members

Multifaith Advisory and Action Group - MAAG

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
46 members

People for Peace CC

Multi-Region,
7 members

Wisdom Circle Ministries

Multi-Region,
150 members

University of Rochester Interfaith Chapel

North America,
600-800 members

PathWays for Diversity Education Inc.

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
12 members

Gujrat CC

Asia,
7 members

De la UNIDAD, la Reconciliación y la Sanación

Latin America and the Caribbean,
12 members

Hope for Palestinian Kids

Middle East and North Africa,
12 members

Springtide Opus CC

Asia,
11 members

Comunidade Tao Judaica De Verdade

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Mandala Earth Story Project

Multi-Region,
10 members

Regeneration

Middle East and North Africa,
10 members

The Hope Flowers School CC

Middle East and North Africa,
10 members

Sanabel Tounsia

Middle East and North Africa,
1000 members

Abbey of Hope

North America,
180 members

TOL’ART

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Sister Nibedita Peace Circle

Asia,
70 members

Círculo de Cooperação URI Goiás

Latin America and the Caribbean,
22 members

Fire Women Association

Africa,
60 members

Arizona Faith Network

North America,
165 members

A.S.R.E.F.L.U. CC

Africa,
40 members

Connecting the Dots

Africa,
7 members

Msu-Iit Youth Chain Of Peace - MYCoP

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

The SULHA Peace Project CC

Middle East and North Africa,
12 members

United For Peace DRC CC

Africa,
10 members

Saksham

Asia,
8 members

Muslim-Christian Peacemakers’ Association of Tala CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
17 members

Círculo de Encuentro Interreligioso Montevideo

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre

Asia,
20 members

Golden Women Vision in Uganda

Africa,
84 members

Voices of Humanity

Multi-Region,
15 members

House of Hilkiah Foundation

Africa,
15 members

Spark of Light CC-Dhaka

Asia,
10 members

Manila Muslim Christian Community Peacemakers, Inc.

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
200 members

Interfaith Peace Building on Natural Resources Management

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
15 members

Interfaith Forum For Peace Harmony And Solidarity

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
35 members

INSANIYAT CC

Asia,
7 members

Soweto East Initiative

Africa,
13 members

URI - The Gambia CC

Africa,
13 members

Palestinian Association for Non Violent Communication

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Dishari, Bangladesh CC

Asia,
35 members

Faces of Peace Kenya

Africa,
30 members

Interfaith Community of Lower Bucks

North America,
12 members

Jerusalem Peacemakers CC

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Aflaiai (Eterno)

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

BZN Silence Farm Metanoia

Europe,
15 members

Paras Welfare Foundation

Asia,
7 members

Council of Arakhna (elders) and Wise in Egypt

Middle East and North Africa,
3000 members

Kids4Peace International

Multi-Region,
1150 members

Council of Religions- Mauritius

Africa,
18 members

Religion Pour La Paix - Benin

Africa,
10 members

Charlotte Red Bench Garden

North America,
58 members

Radio Tram

Multi-Region,
32 members

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December 29, 2016 9:25 AM

Celebrating Sidney Drell

In the early 1980’s, I invited Sidney Drell, a renowned physicist from Stanford University, to speak at Grace Cathedral about nuclear weapons. That occasion was the start of a twenty-five-year friendship.

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Bishop Swing

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December 28, 2016 12:06 PM

Words Matter (Stop Hate)

Following an increase in hate crimes in the European Union, URI-Europe helped organize a conference for youth called "Words Matter (Stop Hate)".

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Europe Region

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December 27, 2016 11:59 AM

Omani Support for UN's International Day of Tolerance

On the occasion of the UN Day of Tolerance (November 16) the Sultanate of Oman is hosting an international conference in Oman on "Growing a Network - Tolerance, Understanding, Coexistence - Oman's Message of Islam". Karimah Stauch, European URI Coordinator, was invited to participate.

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Europe Region

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December 26, 2016 9:43 AM

The Weekly Shot: Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas Together

Last holiday season, Kashi Foundation, a URI North America Cooperation Circle, organized volunteers to visit a nearby impoverished community to provide food and other essentials to the residents there. 

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The Weekly Shot

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December 25, 2016 12:23 PM

First Symposium on Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue

URI Europe participated in the First Symposium on Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue, “Connecting Actions” at Salle Paris at the FIAP. The conference was held to overcome the tendency to stigmatize Muslims, Jews, and immigrants, and how to deconstruct stereotypes. 

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Europe Region

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December 24, 2016 2:55 PM

URI Great Lakes Africa Regional Newsletter

URI Great Lakes Region publishes this beautiful newsletter featuring news and photos from URI members working in the Great Lakes Africa region. 

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Africa Region

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December 21, 2016 11:25 AM

URI Really Means Something and So Do I

Early in URI’s formation, a conference participant spoke emotionally, “URI really means something and so do I.”

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Sally Mahé

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December 19, 2016 12:33 PM

The Weekly Shot: Interfaith Candle Lighting Ceremony

One year ago, URI hosted an interfaith celebration at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, California, USA, bringing together groups from different religious traditions and cultural performers.

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The Weekly Shot

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December 16, 2016 6:13 PM

Kiran Bali MBE JP Presented with British Community Honours Award

Kiran Bali MBE JP was presented with the British Community Honours Award in the presence of Lords and dignitaries at the House of Lords.

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Kiran Bali

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December 16, 2016 4:30 PM

Coalition of URI Cooperation Circles Recognized for Raising Awareness About the Plight of Yezidis and Assyrians

The “Save Us From Genocide” (SUFG) and Beyond Genocide campaigns have been selected to receive a United Nations Association (UNA) Global Citizen Award.

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