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Conference of Indonesia), Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia or PHDI (Indonesia Hinduism Society),Perwakilan Umat Budha Indonesia or WALUBI (Indonesian Buddhist Association), Majelis Tinggi Agama Konghucu or MATAKIN (Supreme Council for Confucian Religion in Indonesia), with the support of MPR-RI (People’s Consultative Assembly of Indonesia), MUI (Indonesia Ulama Council) and Centre for Dialogue andCooperation among Civilisations (CDCC) celebrated the World Interfaith Harmony Week in MPR-RI building in Jakarta. The Honorable Mr. Zulkifli Hasan, SE, MM, (Chairperson of MPR-RI), Ir. H.M. Iqbal Sulam (Chairman of Presidium of Indonesia Inter-Religious Council or IRC, Chairperson of Nahdlatul Ulama), Rev. Yr. Edy Purwanto, Pr (Presidium of IRC, Executive Secretary of KWI), Prof. Dr. Din Syamsuddin (Presidium of IRC, President of Muhammadiyah), Rev. Dr. Hendriette Lebang (Presidium of IRC, Chairperson of PGI), Ir. Arief Harsono, MM (Presidium of IRC, Chairperson of WALUBI), Major General (Ret.) S. N. Suwisna (Presidium of IRC, Chairperson of PHDI), Drs. Uung Sendana Linggaraja (Chairperson of MATAKIN), Alpha Amirrachman, PhD (CDCC Executive Director), Mr. Theophilus Bela (General Secretary of Indonesia Religion for Peace) attended the celebration, which showed very lively musical and drama performance by youth wings of the involved faith-based organisations. The performance reflects the interfaith relations in Indonesia and the perceived common challenges. Simultaneously, the United Nations Headquarter in New York also celebrated the WIHW under the theme of Multi-Religious Partnership for Sustainable Development. Ms. Yayah Khisbiyah, Program Director of the CDCC, was invited to attend the special event of the President of the General Assembly World Interfaith Harmony Week in the United Nations Headquarter in New York, 6 February 2015. The WIHW was first proposed at the UN General Assembly in 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. It was soon adopted by the UN and henceforth the first week of February is observed as WIHW. The WIHW is based on the pioneering work of The Common World Initiative. This initiative, which started in 2007, called for Muslim and Christian leaders to engage in a dialogue based on two common fundamental religious Commandments; Love of God, and Love of the Neighbour, without nevertheless compromising any of their own religious tenets. The Two commandments are at the heart of the three Monotheistic religions and therefore provide the most solid theological ground possible. The WIHW later extends the Two Commandments by adding ‘Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbour’. This formula includes all people of goodwill. It includes those of other faiths, and those with no faith. Youth Representative of the Parliament to the United Nations DPI NGO Ms. Sara Rahim delivered the youth keynote speech on the occasion of WIHW, along with Rev. Vandley from the Religions for Peace (RfP) and other noted interfaith leaders