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What is united world week?

The United World Week (UWW), an annual event is held simultaneously around the world, wherein a week is dedicated to:

1. building relationships of peaceful co-existence,
2. a mind-set of reciprocity among peoples of different cultures,
3. respect for human dignity and the identity of every community and people.

This is done through various concrete initiatives held across the globe by the Youth for a United World.
Whilst the event is held simultaneously around the world, each year has a particular continent in focus and this year, 2015, it would be Asia and India is thrilled to host the event.
India welcomes you …come be a part of United World Week 2015!

Discovering Fraternity - Fabric, Flavour, Festival

The focus of UWW 2015 is on 360° dialogue highlighting characteristics of Asia - the cradle of ancient civilizations. UWW 2015 will also seek to highlight diversity as a gift that enriches us, thus discovering fraternity already in action in the variegated landscape of India and the world.

Fabric: Tackling the challenges one faces whilst building fraternity: maintaining one's own identity, welcoming and respecting the one of the other, and the courage to take the first step.

Flavour: Dialogue in action by living the Golden rule "Do unto others as you would like the others to do unto you" and the experience that paves the way to reciprocity and sharing.

Festival: The sheer joy from living for fraternity and peace.

Dil Surge

Question: "The proposal of dialogue goes far beyond mere tolerance, already at its times, it was an achievement and it is always a value at risk in our society. If two centuries ago Lord Stanope could say that tolerance 'one day will be rejected as an insult', it was because he expected that day - we hope today – we would become sensitive to a higher value, which is dialogue: not only to tolerate each other, but to respect each other deeply, to welcome different ideas to be able to compare them and above all to build a relationship between true brothers. What do you think ? "

Chiara Lubich shared her thought :
I certainly think that dialogue far exceeds tolerance, though I would not fully disregard that because in some places it's better that it's there, because at least there is no dispute, there is no fighting. But dialogue is something else, it is a mutual enrichment, a welfare, a sentiment of being like brothers, a universal fraternity on Earth, so it's a whole different thing.

Of course, dialogue is true if it's spirited by true love. Now, true love is true if it's unbiased; otherwise it's not love, and what kind of love is it? It's egoism. So in fact, you made various questions about this possibility that there is perhaps a self interest in loving, even in dialogue. It would be a dialogue built without love, so it wouldn't be a dialogue, it would be another thing. Dialogue means loving, giving what we have inside for the sake of the other, and then also receiving and enriching himself; This is dialogue: becoming "world men" who have all the others inside of them, and who managed to give even their own.

Chiara Lubich to a friend of non-religious convictions
Chiara Lubich is the foundress of the Focolare Movement, to which the Youth for a United World belong

Maker's Magic

I study linguistics and literature at the University of Budapest. In this environment we are all very sensitive to the questions concerning national identity and dialogue between peoples. At the university we have a Slovakian course, we know the professors well and also have interactions with Slovakian schools. The meeting between the two presidents of the Slovak and Hungarian Republics in our institution was a step of dialogue. The lecture hall was filled with young people, we were very happy with the event. After a few months, we received news that the law on the regulation of the use of minority languages in public places was enforced in Slovakia.

So the atmosphere has changed completely among my fellow students in the university. Since then, during our lessons on linguistics, the argument began, teachers have begun to express their opinion and also in my environment people expressed their opposition to this law. Along with the pain of it all, however, I also felt a new challenge: Am I capable of being a man of dialogue? I asked myself: Am I capable of bringing peace to everyone if I myself don't have peace inside me? Am I willing to be open, and to understand and respect ideas and behaviors different from mine? Immediately it became clear to me that it was not a small thing, the commitment for fraternity requires patience and a lot more than the relationship with my teachers, more than the formalities between the schools.

Just in that period I attended a meeting in which we collected ideas for the United World Week. You can say that the idea came out as a flash : why not organize a day together, young Slovakians and Hungarians? After the decision there was a great joy for being able to build unity.