What We Do

URI builds sustainable peace by encouraging cooperation that bridges religious and cultural differences.

Working together, groups of URI members from diverse traditions create inclusive, on-the-ground solutions in areas that have been identified by their communities as crucial for the health, happiness, and success of all people living there. Projects and programs undertaken by our Cooperation Circles serve one or more of the 14 Action Areas you see below.





By sharing creative expression, URI members cultivate appreciation of each other on a human level.

Community Building

Strong, healthy communities are at the core of URI’s work.


Sharing knowledge helps us make informed decisions that benefit us all.


We unite to heal and protect the Earth. URI works to prevent conflicts that arise from a scarcity of shared resources.

Health and Social Services

When individuals suffer, whole societies suffer. URI Cooperation Circles bring healing.

Human Rights

All people deserve basic human rights. URI works to ensure no one is left out.

Indigenous Peoples

We recognize and value the people who work to preserve the wisdom and knowledge of their ancestors.

Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue

Each Cooperation Circle is an example of people who, despite different beliefs, work together in harmony.


We use many types of media to provide a global opportunity for participation by all people, especially by those whose voices are not often heard.

Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

URI addresses widespread conflict at a human level, encouraging individuals to reach past stereotypes and build the foundations of lasting peace.

Policy Advocacy

URI is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Poverty Alleviation and Economic Opportunity

We unite to use our combined resources for nonviolent, compassionate action.


URI is committed to the equitable participation of women and men in all aspects of our organization.


URI respects wisdom from voices of all generations.

Resource Library

Access a collection of documents, links, and references to materials that support interfaith peacebuilding.

Global Programs

Find out about the programs taking place across URI's global network.