Source: The Houston Chronicle
On August 5, 2000, The Houston Chronicle reported that "More than 1,000 religious leaders will assemble for the Religious Summit in New York on Aug. 28 to develop plans for cooperating with the United Nations on peace, poverty and environmental issues. Among the leaders scheduled to attend will be Cardinal Francis Arinze, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue; Buddhist Nobel Prize nominee Samdech Preah Maha Gosananda; and Abdullah Salaih Al-Obadaid, secretary general of the Muslim World League. Also attending will be Rabbi Israel Meir, chief rabbi of Israel; the Rev. Konrad Raiser, secretary-general of the World Council of Churches; and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, President Clinton's special envoy. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will address the assembly Aug. 29."