Our long-term efforts are coming to fruition...
In 2011, the Universal Code Working Group began garnering support among states for the passing of a UN General Assembly Resolution that would safeguard holy sites and promote values of interreligious dialogue and cooperation. The aim was to give international political legitimacy to the principles of the Universal Code, helping religious leaders in their efforts to protect holy sites.
In May 2012, members of the Working Group visited the UN in New York and held consultations with the Chef de Cabinet of the President of the General Assembly, various country missions, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. The response to the Universal Code was overwhelmingly positive, leading to efforts to establish a core group of countries entrusted with the responsibility of developing the resolution.
In January 2013, the Working Group once more visited the UN in New York and held various meetings, including with the Senior Special Advisor to the President of the General Assembly.
The Working Group also held a consultation at the European Union in December 2014 and continued with follow-up meetings with various country missions.
Search for Common Ground organized a one-day policy consultation on safeguarding Holy Sites for UN and US policy makers and academics on February 27th in New York.
The Working Group also held various meetings with several missions at the UN as well as the Presidency of the General Assembly.
In November 2015 Bosnia Herzegovina formally decided to lead the efforts to develop a UN Resolution based on the Universal Code. Indonesia and Norway have agreed to be part of the core group of states supporting it.
The Working Group consulted the Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina regarding the possibility of Bosnia and Herzegovina taking the lead in the efforts to develop a UN Resolution based on the Universal Code. Indonesia and Norway have agreed to be part of the core group of states supporting it.