Beyond Traditional Diplomacy
Religious convictions are a principal source of values for nearly 85% of the global community. As such, these convictions can be a significant factor in promoting divisiveness and enmity—or in building the trust needed to overcome violent conflict. Because the influence of religious, ethnic and tribal identities is frequently stronger than that of governments, the challenge of addressing conflict and violent religious extremism (VRE) often exceeds the reach of traditional diplomatic or military intervention. ICRD confronts this reality by employing a unique range of capabilities that effectively engage the belief systems and core values found at the heart of identity–based conflicts. In this effort, ICRD maximizes programmatic impact by integrating its community-based approach with other peacebuilding efforts, particularly those of governments.
How do we strengthen the role of women of faith in peacebuilding?
How do we facilitate constructive dialogue and promote reconciliation between adversaries?
How do we build the capacity of faith actors to resolve conflicts and mitigate violent extremism?
How do we inform public policy about important issues of religion and conflict?
TOLERANCE IN EDUCATION
How do we enhance themes of tolerance in religious education?
How do we build resilient networks across religious traditions and civil society?
UN-ECOSOC Consultative Status
ICRD holds official consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)