Azza Karam resigns as secretary general of Religions for Peace

by | Jun 21, 2023 | Religion

(RNS) — Religions for Peace, an international interfaith coalition that advocates for nonviolent solutions to the world’s conflicts, announced in a Friday (June 16) statement that Azza Karam, its secretary general since 2020, has resigned her position.The organization’s executive committee noted in the statement its “deep gratitude to Prof. Karam for her tireless efforts to strengthen Religions for Peace’s ability to advance multi-religious collaboration in the cause of peace and reconciliation.” 
It added that Karam “has led Religions for Peace through a time of major organisational transition and a global pandemic, has actively expanded our networks and partnerships with various United Nations bodies, and played a catalytic role in the creation of the first multi-religious council of leaders within the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency).” 
Karam and other leaders of the organization couldn’t be reached or declined to comment about the reason for her resignation, which is effective July 1.
She was elected secretary general at the 10th World Assembly of the global coalition in Lindau, Germany, in 2019, marking the first time a woman or a Muslim had been chosen to lead the organization, which was founded in 1970.
Karam previously worked at the United Nations on issues of religion and development and remained a professor at Vrije Universi …

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