Josef Boehle


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Dr Boehle is available for supervision in the following areas: religion and politics, globalisation, interreligious relations, the interreligious movement, the UN System and religions, religion and peacebuilding, public processes of reconciliation and forgiveness, and religion and development.


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Dr Boehle has worked for international, interreligious organisations and participated in seminars and conferences in many parts of the world. He helped to organise major conferences and summits addressing inter-religious, inter-cultural and inter-civilisational issues, including a Symposium at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on Unity in Diversity: Ethical and Spiritual Visions for the World in November 2000 and the High-level Dialogue on Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding and Cooperation for Peace of the UN General Assembly in October 2007.

He is the Director of the Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation Project.

As part of his research he participated, for example, in the Millennium NGO Forum at the United Nations in May 2000; the Millennium World Peace Summit at the UN in August 2000; the Conference on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace in June 2005 at the UN; the High-level Dialogue on Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding and Cooperation for Peace of the UN General Assembly (2007); the first, second, fourth and fifth Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Madrid (2008), Istanbul (2009), Doha (2011) and Vienna (2013); the Universal Ethics Summit in South Korea in 2010, and in annual meetings of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS).

Research interests

Dr Boehle’s field of research is inter-civilisational, inter-religious dialogue and co-operation in a global age, focusing on international organisations and movements. He has a wide experience of transnational civil society and issues of inter-religious co-operation. Presently he researches inter-religious co-operation and international institutions and works on publications on Religion in a Global Age. He seeks to develop new perspectives and models that are needed to enable humane answers to the challenges of globalisation, based on respect for the diversity of cultures and religions in our world community.

He is working on the publication of a book on Religion and Politics in a Global Age: a New Vision for Inter-religious and International Relations and a research project to investigate Religion and Peacebuilding in International Relations. He is teaching a postgraduate module on Religion and Peacebuilding.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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