Conference of the Inter-Religious Council for Peacekeeping

The Catholic Faculty of Theology in Sarajevo hosted a regional conference organized by the Inter-Religious Council of BiH (MRV), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) with the support of the British Embassy in BiH, on September 25th and 26th. The central theme of the conference was maintaining peace through building of trust and reconciliation, with the aim of supporting survivors of war traumas.

The conference was opened by MRV Chairman in Bosnia and Herzegovina Jakob Finci, and was attended by members of the Inter-religious Council effendi Husein Smajić, Metropolit Hrizostom and Archbishop of Vrhbosna, cardinal Vinko Puljić.

The conference brought together representatives of religious communities and organizations from BiH, Serbia, Northern Macedonia and Kosovo (UNSCR 1244), as well as survivor associations, representatives of political institutions, academic community, civil society, the United Nations and other international institutions in Southeast Europe.

The exchange of experience made concrete proposals to improve the current situation based on the spread of messages of peace and mutual understanding, and concluded that religious communities have a key role to play in this struggle.

The joint program was supported by the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sexual Violence in Conflict, and it is funded by the United Kingdom Government, the UN Action Fund and the Government of Canada.