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.
In his statement at the World Conference, Professor Shahrzad Houshmand Zadeh, Professor of Islamic Studies at the Centre for the Study of Theology of Religions and Expert on Shia Islam, emphasised the importance of establishing a just society based on the writings of religious texts.
She explained that the system of values that believers in the entire world must follow and realise consists in establishing a “basic primary city, the city of God, the city of solidarity: an effective and civil human civilisation.”
Professor Zadeh also added that it was important that men recall that they lived in a communal house, Earth, that had been given to us freely and where all Prophets had invited us to built a human civilisation, where pride had no place to discriminate, where our neighbor must be recognized as alter ego, and where all of us had to help the needed, the poor and the oppressed.
She concluded her statement calling for a “A village of the world, with communal values of solidarity, of respect, of mutual encouragement to patience, to mercy and justice. Human civilization! Equal Citizenship for human children, born of the same mother, 'arhaam'”.
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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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