UNITED NATIONS - UN officials late stressed the importance of religious communities joining forces to foster peace and development and to combat extremism. “All of the world’s great religions share the values of peace, human dignity and respect for others,” said Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, at a special event at UN Headquarters to mark World Interfaith Harmony Week. “We welcome opportunities to join forces with people of faith who are working for peace, development, human rights and the rule of law.” Eliasson noted that many religious groups have been at the forefront of grassroots efforts to help the poor, provide health services and support young people.