Ambassador Eduardo José de Vega (center) of the Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations goes over the Philippine statement before the General Assembly’s consideration of the document.

MANILA — A Philippine-sponsored resolution promoting inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue for global peace and understanding has received strong backing from United Nations, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

At its 57th plenary session, the UN said the approval of Manila’s global initiative is a “recognition of the Philippines’ steady and resolute leadership.”

A total of 51 member states co-sponsored the draft resolution, including all members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Libran Cabactulan said the adoption of the resolution was “a demonstration of the importance attached by the region and other partners around the world” to inter-religious and cultural cooperation as means to promote peace.

“The positive atmosphere and constructive participation in the drafting of this resolution have helped enrich the process and the substance of global debate on the promotion of inter-religious and intercultural dialogue,” Cabactulan said.

“We are particularly appreciative of Pakistan, the Philippines’ main co-sponsor, with which our longstanding partnership on the issue has given rise to many positive developments at the UN and on the ground.”

Cabactulan said he hopes that in future sessions of the General Assembly, the Philippines will continue “to reap greater goodwill and broader support for this important global effort.”

“As a multi-cultural society thriving on the diversity of our peoples’ faiths, cultures and traditions, the Philippines has experience and expertise we can share with the world,” he said.

Consistent with President Benigno Aquino’s III thrust on strengthening Philippine democracy and encouraging economic growth, the envoy said the strengthening of a culture of peace — through the promotion of inter-religious and intercultural dialogue — continues to be advanced in the national, regional and international settings.

“We are in a distinct position as a global thought and action leader on this and we continue to make headway at the United Nations,” Cabactulan said.

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