29 June 2018, GENEVA: On 25 June 2018, the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue organised 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.
Rabbi Avi Tawil, Director of the European Jewish Community Centre, emphasised the importance of religion to help see beyond the concept of survival and to transcend or to be part of “something greater than ourselves”.
The speaker also explained that, by definition, religion offered a message which was not bound by geography, but was universal in nature. A paradox was thus created: while religion expanded to human communities, along with a sense of solidarity and dignity, this expansion stopped at the gates of those who did not adhere to it.
Rabbi Tawil further added that the greatest danger we were facing today was ourselves: “There is no sign that any help will come from the outside to save us, so if we want to have a better tomorrow, the change has to happen within ourselves.”, he noted.
He also added that “global peace is the consequence of a certain degree of individual power together with shared values of compassion and appreciation of life”, remarking that we lived in a world where the majority of the population ascribed to a religion, so “the ideas held in any given room should have an impact directly or indirectly in a larger scale. “
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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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