The book on “Islam and Christianity, The Great Convergence: Working Jointly Towards Equal Citizenship Rights” assesses the outcomes of the panel debate held on 15 March 2017 at Palais des Nations in the framework of the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council. This debate was co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Algeria, Lebanon and Pakistan, and the Permanent Observer Mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta to UNOG that were represented by their respective Ambassadors.

The objective of the panel debate – entitled “Islam and Christianity, The Great Convergence: Working Jointly Towards Equal Citizenship Rights” - was to harness the joint potential of Islam and Christianity in promoting equal citizenship rights for all in such a way as to reduce concern about the plight of religious and ethnic minorities worldwide.

It also sought to ascertain religious diversity and consolidate the view of the Christian and Muslim religions as vectors of peace, by focusing on the great convergences between Islam and Christianity based on the commonalities of their basic values.

During this side-event, there was broad-based support on the appropriateness of holding a world conference on the theme of “Religions, Creeds or Other Value Systems, Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights.”

The Geneva Centre plans to organize this world conference during the course of 2018.

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Thursday, 1 June, 2017

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