An inter-religious platform in Geneva has been developed and runs a range of activities to generate dialogue and relationships between people following diverse religions and philosophies in civil society, recognising diversity within different groups, and tackle common objectives together. This platform includes 23 diverse groups, and involves both individual and group members, and associated members for those interested in religion. It was initially established by a charter agreed by all participants in the platform in 1992.
Their activities have included:
- Developing a ‘house of religions’ as a place where all religions can co-exist and each has some room for themselves, in a physical location close to the base of several international institutions;
- Developing awareness of different religions by activities such as holding a ‘week of religions’ involving interaction activities (events, visits, etc.) organised around a common theme each year (e.g. sacred objects, religious facts).
- Publishing an interreligious calendar particularly focused on students to raise awareness of different religious festivals through the year;
- Making public statements to tackle divisive views expressed in the media and make common statements in support of peace and challenging discrimination, particularly in response to events;
- Twinning projects, where people of different faiths go to each other’s place of worship;
- Discussions on inter-religious co-existence and understanding, and events where politicians and the wider public discuss related issues together.
- Artistic events and awards, celebrating different expressions and experiences of religion in music, etc.
- Particular projects for groups such as young people.