13 July 2018, GENEVA – On 12 July 2018, the Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue HE Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim was received by the Secretary General of the World Council of Churches Reverend. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit.
The meeting was organized at the premises of the World Council of Churches in Geneva in the presence of the Executive Director of the Geneva Centre Ambassador Idriss Jazairy.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the outcomes of the World Conference entitled “Religions, Creeds and Value Systems: Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights”.
This major international event held at the initiative of the Geneva Centre took place on 25 June 2018 at the United Nations Office at Geneva under the Patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan.
The Geneva Centre’s Chairman expressed his utmost gratitude to Reverend Dr. Tveit for the extraordinary support offered by the World Council of Churches during the World Conference.
Special praise was offered to the Secretary General of the World Council of Churches for his contributions as a moderator and as a keynote speaker.
The participants in this meeting agreed to capitalize on the momentum of the World Conference and the appeals made by participants to examine inventive ways to carry the process forward to harness the collective energy of religions, creeds and value systems in the pursuit of equal citizenship rights.
In this regard, Dr. Al Qassim, Ambassador Jazairy and Reverend Tveit agreed that joint efforts should be made by the World Council of Churches and the Geneva Centre to promote the concept of Education for Harmony in Diversity.
This concept was spearheaded by the former President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran who tragically passed away on 5 July 2018.
The participants upheld the view that Education for Harmony in Diversity could become the starting point to create mechanisms for participatory and inclusive citizenship and societal harmony in which diversity would become a force for social progress.
Greater attention should therefore be put – it was suggested - on education and on enabling future generations to internalize values of harmony in diversity and empathy towards the “Other” within societies.
The Geneva Centre and the World Council Churches agreed to organize a meeting in September to follow-up on today’s discussion.