Global Reconciliation is an ambitious and innovative network of people and organisations around the world seeking to promote “reconciliation” – that is, dialogue and practical engagements across cultural, religious, racial and other differences.
Global Reconciliation is an Australian initiative which was formed in 2002. It has conducted international conferences and initiated collaborative projects in more than 50 countries. Our partners include government and non-government organisations, academic institutions, professional associations and community based groups. Our patrons are The Reverend Desmond Tutu, Aung San Suu Kyi, President Jose Ramos-Horta, Professor Bernard Lown, Professor Amartya Sen, Dr Lowitja O’Donaghue and The Hon Sir William Deane.
The core idea underlying our work is that everyday practices can be used to foster reconciliation. Our focus is community-based and local, rather than political or diplomatic, although we in no way discount the importance of these approaches. In fact, we believe that the local and the global approaches to reconciliation are interdependent and complementary and that both have to be pursued simultaneously.
We aim to draw together the diverse resources of communities around the world to establish specific, outcome focused projects which enhance learning, understanding and health in all the countries involved.
Our efforts concentrate on the broad themes of health and wellbeing, education and research, arts, spirituality and sport – and their ethical and intercultural dimensions.
We see reconciliation as an ongoing process that can serve many different purposes: it can contribute to consolidating peace, break a cycle of violence, and restore justice at the personal and social levels, bringing about personal healing and reparation for past injustices and building non-violent relationships into the future.Global Reconciliation is an ambitious and innovative network of people and organisations around the world seeking to promote “reconciliation” – that is, dialogue and practical engagements across cultural, religious, racial and other differences.