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WCC general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay addressed the symposium online from the WCC headquarters in Geneva.


Pillay joined hundreds online who were commemorating the tenth anniversary of the symposium. of which the WCC is one of the founding members.

This pivotal moment not only marks a decade of robust dialogue and collaboration but also underscores the indispensable role of faith-based actors in shaping a world where human rights are at the core of our collective aspirations,” said Pillay. We believe that God has placed us as caregivers and caretakers of this world, both the people and planet.”

Pillay reflected that the very fabric of our societies is woven with the threads of dignity, justice, and compassion. It is incumbent upon us, as custodians of faith and moral conscience, to champion these universal values that transcend borders, beliefs, and backgrounds,” he said. Our faith traditions, spanning continents and cultures, share a fundamental commitment to human rights.”

Pillay also spoke of the challenges facing the world today. 

Our commitment to human rights demands unwavering determination to address these issues at their core,” he said. We must confront the structures and systems that perpetuate human suffering, dismantle barriers to equality, and foster inclusive societies where every person can flourish.”

Within these challenges lie tremendous opportunities, Pillay further noted. The convergence of faith and advocacy for human rights has the power to catalyze positive change on a global scale,” he said. The partnerships forged between faith-based organizations, civil society, governments, and international institutions are testaments to the transformative potential of collective action.”

Address by Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay, WCC General Secretary

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