World Religious Summit Urges G8 Leaders to Cooperate Closer

July 3, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Itar-Tass News Agency

Delegates of the World Religious Summit, which ended its two-day session on the Japanese island of Hokkaido on Thursday, urged the G8 leaders to cooperate in solving acute global problems.

The forum was held ahead of a G8 summit, which will open on Hokkaido on July 7. About 300 religious delegates from 23 countries representing various confessions – from Christian Churches, Islam and Buddhism to Hinduism, Judaism, Shinto and Zoroastrianism – met in Japan’s Sapporo. Religious delegates discussed the global warming problem, the UN Millennium Project (the struggle against poverty), the struggle against terrorism and nuclear proliferation.

At the end of the Sapporo summit its participants called on the G8 leaders to cooperate closely with the religious circles in order to resolve the property problems, combat various conflicts and protect the environment.