Middle East Peace Initiative

The Middle East Peace Initiative has been promoting peace since 2003 through dialogue, people-to-people diplomacy, fact-finding trips, interfaith pilgrimages and conferences. It brings religious leaders, parliamentarians, academicians, women leaders, youth and civil society representatives together in Israel, Palestinian Territories and Jordan. Forums explore Track II approaches to the crisis in Syria.

UPF's Jerusalem Office for Interfaith and Cooperation among Religions and Office for Peace and Security Affairs convene forums of academics, political and religious leaders, and peace advocates. UPF-Israel organizes culture of peace tours and leadership seminars for international youth.



  • Session 4B: Middle East Peace Initiatives: Assessing the Role of Religion

    Peacebuilding necessarily involves cooperation between all sectors of society. While the world looks in anguish at the horrors of multiple conflicts in the home of the Abrahamic faiths, the evidence on the ground suggests that such conflicts are stoked by an array of other factors, not least a dearth of civic values and near-absence of the rule of law. In what way has—and in what way can—religion play a positive role in bringing peace to the peoples of the Middle East?

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  • Youth in Iraq

    Intervention by Fatimah Almukhtar at the World International Harmony Week, Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria and the Middle East - The Role of Religions, United Nations, Vienna, Austria, February 5, 2016.

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  • World Interfaith Harmony Week Observed in Austria

    World Interfaith Harmony Week Observed in Austria

    Vienna, Austria—UPF marked World Interfaith Harmony Week with a conference that asked how religions can help to bring peace to the Middle East.

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  • Executive Report of Geneva Track II Consultation: Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria

    Executive Report of Geneva Track II Consultation

    Executive Report of the UPF Geneva Track 2 Consultation on «Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: The Significance of Religion, Faith-Based Organizations and Civil Society »,Geneva, Switzerland, January 23-24, 2014

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  • Track II Consultation on Syria Held in Geneva

    Track II Consultation on Syria Held in Geneva

    Geneva, Switzerland - UPF convened a special program entitled “Geneva: Track II” in Geneva, Switzerland on Jan. 23-25, 2014, concurrent with the “Geneva II” inter-governmental conference that aims to bring about a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Syria.

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  • Clergy March for Peace in Old Jerusalem

    Jerusalem, Israel - The Middle East Peace Initiative (MEPI) pilgrims spent their last full day in the Holy Land, May 18, 2013, marching arm in arm through the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem chanting, “Peace, Shalom, Salaam Alaikum.

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