Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the High-Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
New York – September 13, 2013
On behalf of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), I would like to offer my best wishes to the millions of Jews around the world who will tonight begin their observance of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. On this holiest of days for our Jewish friends, I hope they will find comfort through their prayers.
Yom Kippur is the day on which Jews seek God’s forgiveness through prayer and fasting. It is a powerful and moving day of abstinence and commitment. These rituals remind us of the values that all faiths hold in common.
On this holy day of Yom Kippur, let us all pray that this coming year be one of peace, tolerance and respect of the others; all of which are values that UNAOC embraces.