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United Nations too Christian, claims report

The report says while the UN represents all religions, there are 'structural and historical differences' that need addressing. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters/Corbis

The report says while the UN represents all religions, there are ‘structural and historical differences’ that need addressing. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters/Corbis

Christianity  dominates the United Nations and  more diversity  is needed to increase non-Christian representation in world peacemaking, according to a study.

Research undertaken by Prof Jeremy Carrette, with colleagues from the University of Kent’s department of religious studies, has revealed that more than 70% of religious non-government organisations (NGOs) at the UN are Christian, and that there is historical privilege in allowing the Vatican a special observer status, as both a state and a religion.

The report, called Religious NGOs and the United Nations, calls for greater awareness, transparency and equality in the way religious NGOs operate within the UN, and more emphasis on religious tolerance. Read Full Report Here

 

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