Religions for Peace Middle East and North Africa Council
Serve as a neutral regional multi-religious convener for Syrian religious leaders as they advance multi-religious cooperation to stem sectarian violence, advance reconciliation, and assist the Syrian population on its arduous path through the current violent crisis into a transitional phase and ultimately toward a renewed political order; advance citizenship, religious freedom and the protection of minorities; achieve moral consensus on a regional level for these topics to support and augment similar necessary efforts to be undertaken on national levels; respect the centrality of the role of religion in the region, while harnessing its significant assets in the service of public life; continue in this path to advance positive change, protect religious freedom and advance a positive culture of pluralism across the MENA region.
In 1999, RfP convened its 7th World assembly in Amman – Jordan, and brought together 1000 senior religious leaders, activists, politicians, and representatives of religious communities from the MENA region and different parts of the world. The Assembly consolidated RfP's involvement and partnership with communities across the region. These partnerships proved to be highly valuable during RfP's intervention and support to peace building activities, lead by religious communities in Iraq from 2003, onwards. The RfP–MENA Council of religious leaders, scholars, and representatives of religious communities was formally launched in 2007, as another step to institutionalise multi-religious cooperation and buildup the resilience of religious communities, in the face of all odds, across the MENA region.