Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for your International Day of Individual Fraternity, observed 4 February: Yet all over the world, they are being eroded. By deepening divides, widening inequalities, and growing lose hope. By surging hate talk, sectarianism, and strife. The fact is, we see examples of spiritual extremism and intolerance in every societies and among most of faiths. The International Day of Human Fraternity celebrates the values of compassion, spiritual understanding, and mutual respect. These values underwrite serenity and are the glue that will hold our human household together. It does not take duty of religious market leaders everywhere to prevent instrumentalization of hatred and defuse extremism amidst their followers. The particular declaration “Human Fraternity to get World Peace and Living Together” — co-authored simply by His Holiness Pope Francis and His Eminence the Great Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed El Tayeb — is a model for interfaith harmony and human solidarity. Let us most of take inspiration and restore our commitment to stand jointly as one human family. Collectively, let us build an alliance of peace. Rich in diversity, equal in dignity and rights, united in solidarity.
Global Day of Human Fraternity ‘Model for Interfaith Harmony’, Secretary-General Says, Urging Restored Commitment to Stand Collectively