Mon 30-04-2018 17:19 PM
GENEVA, 30th April, 2018 (WAM) — The Geneva Centre is currently in the process of organising a major international conference on the theme of “Religions, Creeds and/or Other Value Systems, Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights.”
The event will be held on 25th June 2018 in collaboration with the World Council of Churches, the International Catholic Migration Commission and Bridges to Common Ground. It will be held under the Patronage and with the leadership of Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan.
The initiative was realised on 15th March 2017 panel debate “Islam and Christianity, the Great Convergence: Working Jointly Towards Equal Citizenship Rights”, organised at the United Nations Office in Geneva in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Algeria, Pakistan and Lebanon as well as the Permanent Delegation of the Sovereign Order of Malta.
The objective of this event was to harness the joint potential of Islam and Christianity in promoting equal and inclusive citizenship rights for all in such a way as to reduce concern about the plight of religious and ethnic minorities as well as of people on the move, worldwide.
In order to provide the impulse for this World Conference, a Sponsoring Committee – both lay and religious – of Statesmen and Stateswomen and independent Elders has been set-up. The Sponsoring Committee will carry the process forward towards holding a successful World Conference.
The aim of the World Conference is to chart a more inclusive understanding and forward-looking discussion of equal citizenship rights informed by religious pluralism and to unite the voices of religious and lay-leaders in their joint efforts to promote and advance equal citizenship rights. The conference will seek to capitalise on the convergence between religions, creeds and value systems to mitigate the marginalization of minorities worldwide.
WAM/Nour Salman/MOHD AAMIR