The International Interfaith Peace Declaration represented a focus point for global collaboration, strategic planning, development, recovery and healing following the 911 attacks, initiatives engaged:
  • newspaper, radio and television, corporate, intergovernmental, non-governmental, United Nations, community action and interfaith organizations in approximately 195 countries.  
  • grassroots networks (household level), corporate, municipal, state and federal government, community action and interfaith organizations in approximately 3100 United States Counties.

Biodefense: Expanding Dialogue

In the publication "Biological Threats and Terrorism, Assessing the Science and Response Capabilities: Workshop Summary (2002)," the National Academy of Sciences has recognized Humanitarian Resource Institute (HRI) as one of nine leading educational and research institutions. These include:

  • Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
  • Columbia University: Center for Public Health Preparedness.
  • Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
  • Humanitarian Resource Institute.
  • Johns Hopkins University: Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Center for International Studies.
  • National Academy of Sciences.
  • University of Maryland: Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland.
  • University of Minnesota: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.
Today, the HRI: Humanitarian University Consortium Graduate Studies Center for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Law serves as (1) an international community of scholars, (2) a bridge between Humanitarian Resource Institute and the international academic community, (3) a think tank in support of the United Nations programs and (4) the promotion of higher learning through both traditional and distance education.  

Global Response

The response of the international interfaith community was immediate, with signatories that included:

Joel Beversluis, USA, CoNexus Multifaith Media and Editor, North American Interfaith Network

Samuel M. Curtis, USA, Professor of Ag. Education, Pennsylvania State University
Barb Englund, USA, Executive Director of NET at TWO RIVERS
Lawrence T. Geraty, USA, President, La Sierra University, Riverside, CA
Roberto Smith-Gillespie, International Trade Centre - UNCTAD/WTO - UN-ITC 
Rev. Beulah C. Koulouris, Peace and Justice Committee Cochair, The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
Karen Lindquist, USA, Interfaith Community Church, Seattle, WA
Douglas Mattern, USA, Association of World Citizens, San Francisco, CA
Rick and Joan Meierotto, USA, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Dr. Sam Reimer, Canada, Mennonite Brethren
Jim Stasheff, USA, Maryknoll Affiliate
Ven. Lama Tenzin Kalsang, Canada, Tibetan Buddhist
Jimmy Tingle, USA, Founder, American Peace Party of Boston
Dr. Karma Lekshe Tsomo, USA, President, Sakyadhita: International Association of Buddhist Women
Alene Valkanas, USA., Executive Director, Illinois Arts Alliance, Illinois
Cesar Villanueva, Philippines, Pax Christi-Pilipinas
Terry Werner, USA, Lincoln, Nebraska City Council Member 

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