29 June 2018, GENEVA: On 25 June 2018, the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue organized a World Conference on the theme of “Religions, Creeds and Value Systems: Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights” at the United Nations Office at Geneva in collaboration with the International Catholic Migration Commission, the World Council of Churches, the Arab Thought Forum, the World Council of Religious Leaders, Bridges to Common Ground and the European Centre for Peace and Development.
The World Conference - held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan - was addressed by more than 35 world-renowned religious, political and lay leaders from the major regions of the world.
Ambassador Mark D. Siljander, former Congressman and US Ambassador to the UN, reiterated the fact that Abrahamic religions had 90% theological similarities and only 10% differences. However, the mainstream discourse focused on the latter instead of emphasizing convergences, because these differences led to disputable dialogue.
In this regard, he mentioned that in order to build bridges between religions and encourage dialogue. Ambassador Siljander said:
“We could do this through the model of peace making and crisis management, something that has been evolving for the past eighteen years. However, the main problem that lies is within the human heart: enmity, hatred, revenge.”
The speaker concluded his statement by noting that we should focus on using our brain power and intellect to reach out to others, as “there is power in loving your enemy”.
About the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue
The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, an organization with special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, is a think tank dedicated to the promotion of human rights through cross-cultural, religious and civilizational dialogue between the Global North and Global South, and through training of the upcoming generations of stakeholders in the Arab region. Its aim is to act as a platform for dialogue between a variety of stakeholders involved in the promotion and protection of human rights.
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