URI (United Religions Initiative) coordinator for multiregional activity, Abdallah Hendawy, talks about the best practices in promoting democracy and social cohesion by interfaith dialogue and cooperation. URI is a global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world. As a UN NGO, URI disseminates UN information to its members and helps catalyze grassroots action around UN issues and initiatives. URI participates actively in the work of the Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN; the Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns; The Values Caucus; and the Earth Values Caucus.
Abdallah Hendawy was born in Alexandria, Egypt. He holds a BA in Business Administration and advanced certificates in peace and conflict studies. Hendawy is a dynamic trainer in the fields of Human Rights and Intercultural Dialogue, and has conducted workshops in several countries and worked in different international organizations. He also hosts a weekly television talk show on the current political situation in Egypt, and writes regularly in local newspapers as a political commentator. MTh and journalist Heidi Rautionmaa was a URI Global Council Trustee 2002-2008. She is a member of RFP (Religious Freedom Project) Women of Faith Network co-committee, a member of the Ambassador advisory committee of The Parliament of World´s Religions and a friend of The UNAOC. Faiths Without Borders is a multiregional URI CC, based in Espoo.