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Leaders from the Balkans, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Central Asia to attend

New York—[August 25, 2000]—Opening at the United Nations on August 28th, The Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders will bring together more than 1,000 religious and spiritual leaders of the world's diverse faith traditions. Many of those attending are preeminent religious leaders from current zones of conflict—such as the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Philippines, Rwanda and Sudan. One aim of the Summit is to engage these leaders in frank and meaningful discussions of how they can work together to reduce tensions in their regions.

At the Summit, the leaders will discuss how to harness the power of religious tolerance and spiritual faith to educate and mobilize their communities to focus on reducing divisions and ancient antipathies. After meeting at the U.N. headquarters these leaders will continue to engage in two-day working group session at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel to devise special initiatives to address regional conflict as well as poverty issues, environmental degradation, and forgiveness and reconciliation.

Anticipated outcomes of the Summit are a Declaration for World Peace, and plans for the establishment of an ongoing International Advisory Council of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. This Council can serve as a resource for the UN Secretary-General and the UN system in its conflict prevention and resolution efforts.

The Summit is being convened by an independent group of interfaith leaders, religious scholars and theologians.

The following is a list of leaders who will be attending the Summit from countries which have experienced recent conflict.


His Excellency, Raisu-1-Ulema Dr. Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina;

Monsignor Marko Zovkic, Vicar General, Archbishop of Sarajevo Representing His Excellency Cardinal Puljic, Archbishop of Sarajevo;

His Excellency Dr. Rexhep Boja, Grand Mufti of Kosovo;

Most Reverend Marko Sopi, Bishop of Kosovo;

His Grace, Bishop Mitrofan, Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Eastern America Representing His Holiness, Patriarch Pavle, Serbian
Orthodox Church;

His Excellency Monsignor Josip Bozanic, Archbishop of Zagreb

The Japanese Delegation is funding the leaders from the Balkans to make it possible for them to attend the Summit.


Venerable Gedong Bagoes Oka—President, World Conference on Religion and Peace ;

Dr. M. Habib Chirzin—The International Islamic Forum

Reverend Dr. Soritus A.E. Nababan—Christianity.

Mr. Ulil Abshar Abdalla, Islam

Mr. Kyai A. Mustafa Bisri, Islam

Drs. Mr. Habib Chirzin, Islam

Mr. Pangeran Djatikusmah, Hinduism

Father Ignatius Ismartono, Chrisitanity

Sri Bhikkhu Pannavaro Mahathera, Buddhism

Mr. Baarnaba Bambang Noorsena, Christianity

Venerable Gedong Bagoes Oka, Hinduism

BK Helen Quirin, Father Ignatius Sandyawan, Christianity

Mr. Chandra Setiawan, Confucian

Mr. Tigor S. Siahaan, Christianity

Mrs. Amanda Suharnoko, Islam

Reverend Andreas Yewangoe, Christianity


His Excellency Kamel Al-Sharif, Islam

Dr. Aly El Samman, Islam

Her Beatitude Petres, Christianity

His Emmenence Youhanna Qulta, Christianity


Sheikh Alamin Usman Alamin—Mufti of Eritrea, Klam

Reverend Ogbarebi Hibtes—President, Eritrean Evangelical Church

His Beatitude Filipos W-Selasse— Eritrean Orthodox Church.

Abba Zekarias Yohannes, Christianity


His Holiness Abune Paulos, Patriarch of Ethiopia

Reverend Vadessa Daba, - President, Evangelical Church of Mekane Yesus


Reverend Dr. Emmanuel Kingsley Larbi, Christianity

Reverend Samuel E. Markwei, Christianity

Edward Frederick Okine, Christianity

Charles Robert Amartey Pappoe, Christianity

Monsignor Jonathan Ankrah, Christianity

Reverend Dr. Effah Ababio, Christianity

Professor Musah Abdul-Kadir, Islam


Archbishop Ndingi Nzeki—Holy Family Basilica, Christianity


Dr. Lateef Adegbit—Secretary General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs

Dr. Anthony Akpulu—National Laity Council, Christianity

Sister Theresa Okure—Catholic Institute of West Africa

Chief Wdinifred Awosika, Indigenous

His Grace Lawrence Ayo-Ladigbolu, Christianity

His Excellency Alhaji Ado Bayero, Islam

Dr. Mrs. Mercy Chukwu, Christianity

Prophetess Dr. Titi Dina, Christianity

Sister Dr. Miriam Peretua Egbuna, Christianity

Bishop Josiah Idowu Fearon, Christianity

Reverend Gabriel Nwankwo Barister, Christianity

Reverend Father Valerian Okeke, Christianity

Magistrate Mr. Ngozie Okoye, Christianity

Most Reverend John O. Onaiyekan, Christianity

Most Rev. Dr. Rufus Ositelu, Christianity


Reverend Dr. Andre Karamaga, Christianity

South Africa

His Grace Njongonkulu Ndungane—The Archbishop of Cape Town

Reverend H. Mvume Dandala—Methodist Church of Southern Africa

Dr. Wande Abimbola, Indigenous

Eastern Cape Province

Archbishop L. Mfecane, Indigenous

Reverend Kenosi Mofokeng, Indigenous

Archbishop Eddie Mzilana, Indigenous

Lady-Archbishop Nobomvu Mithunzi, Indigenous

Gauteng Province

Bishop Freddy Molefe, Indigenous


Abdul-Rahim Ali Ibrahim, Islam


His Excellency Archbishop James Ogondo—Archbishop of Tororo, Christianity

Sister Maria Goretti Kisaakye—Christianity

Beliefnet.com is the official web partner of the World Peace Summit and will be doing a live webcast of the event.

All journalists wishing to cover the portions of the Religious Summit taking place at UN Headquarters must obtain UN Press Credentials. Interested journalists must submit a request to the UN Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit (fax: 212-963-4642) accompanied by a letter of assignment on official letterhead of a media organization and signed by a publisher, assignment editor or bureau chief. The letter should specify the name of the journalist seeking accreditation. The status of the request may be checked by calling 212-963-5934 or 7164. Once approved, a UN grounds pass can by obtained by presenting two forms of photo identification at the Pass and Identification Unit, UNITAR Building, 45th Street and First Avenue, New York, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. ­ 1:00 p.m. and between 2:00 p.m. ­ 5:00 p.m. For further information regarding UN accreditation only, call 212-963-6934, 6936 or 6937.

UNTV will be covering the Peace Summit. To obtain news feeds please call UNTV at 212-963-7650. Also Ruder Finn will be releasing b-roll. Call 212-593-6326

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