Leader of the Muslim World League Dr. Mohammad Al-Issa receives his honorary doctorate from the UN - SPA
From the Geneva-based United Nations headquarters and in the presence of its Deputy Secretary General, Academic honor for Dr. Al-Issa from UPEACE
UN Deputy Secretary-General: Dr. Al-Issa is widely regarded as a leading international figure representing religious and intellectual moderation
UPEACE President: Dr. Al-Issa is globally respected for his commitment to educating the whole world about true religious values
This UN honor means a lot and stimulates more work to serve peace
UPEACE has made remarkable global contributions to world peace... and bases its curricula on common human values
Geneva - MWL
The United Nations, through its University for Peace, granted an honorary degree to His Excellency the Secretary-General of the Muslim World League, Sheikh Dr. Muhammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, in a great celebration held at its Geneva-based headquarters, in the presence of Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chairman of the International Civil Service Commission, Mr. Larbi Djacta, and a number of European religious, intellectual, political and parliamentary leaders. Rationales were that this international academic honor for Dr. Al-Issa through the UPEACE came in appreciation of his outstanding efforts in supporting international diplomacy, promoting friendship and cooperation among peoples, and his anti-hatred influential struggle.
His Excellency Sheikh Al-Issa delivered a speech in which he extended his thanks and appreciation for this honor that stimulates more work in the service of peace, as it came from a prestigious university that has made remarkable global contributions to the service of world peace, in addition to that it was established in accordance with an international treaty specifically for this noble purpose.
Dr. Al-Issa praised the university's great role in serving peace, benefiting from its international weight.
For his part, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Larbi Djacta, delivered a speech in which he praised the widespread appreciation of His Excellency Dr. Al-Issa as a leading international figure representing religious and intellectual moderation, continuing to work hard to deliver the message of moderate Islam and peaceful coexistence all around the globe, and making efforts to educate Muslim minorities.
Mr. Djacta added, "Dr. Al-Issa is a unique figure who led the largest Muslim delegation to visit the Nazi concentration camp in Germany.
In turn, Dr. Francisco Rojas, Rector of the UPEACE, stressed that granting an honorary degree to Dr. Mohammad Al-Issa comes in recognition of his individual contributions and humanitarian efforts in the field of peace, conflict settlement and promotion of harmony.
He pointed out that the UPEACE, since its inception, has granted this honorary degree to a group of distinguished personalities, including five former heads of state and others of different nationalities and religious backgrounds.
He added, "The UPEACE is honored to grant an honorary degree to Dr. Mohammad Al-Issa, who is widely recognized as the global voice for religious moderation, and for his commitment to educating the whole world about religious values represented in compassion, understanding and cooperation among humankind. Dr. Mohammad Al-Issa has been playing a pioneering role in building partnerships among societies, religions and nations."
It is noteworthy that the UPEACE enjoys a prestigious international standing. It was established under a treaty in the United Nations General Assembly in 1980, with a main campus in Costa Rica and offices in Rome, Addis Ababa, New York, Geneva, The Hague, Manila, Beijing and others. Its main mission is to serve humanity with a prestigious international higher education institution, with the aim of promoting the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence among humankind, and working to alleviate obstacles on the way to global peace in accordance with the UN Charter. It provides unique international contributions to studies of peace and conflicts, dispute settlement, international law, human rights, environmental protection and security. Master's and PhDs in these programs are granted to policy practitioners and makers who are the target group. Additionally, it has a global mandate to grant scientific degrees recognized by all member countries of the General Assembly, and is chaired honorary by the UN Secretary-General.