14 May 2019, GENEVA – Further to the invitation of the Chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Board His Virtue Sheik-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazadeh, the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue has been invited to co-organize a major international conference in Vienna on the theme of “From Interfaith, Inter-Civilizational Cooperation to Human Solidarity”.

The said conference will be held on 19 June in cooperation between the Baku International Centre for Interreligious and Inter-Civilizational Cooperation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the KAICIID Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue Centre and the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue.

It will bring together eminent dignitaries, faith leaders, political figures and opinion-makers from Europe, America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The purpose of the conference will be to give new impetus to ongoing efforts to harness the collective energy of religions, creeds and value systems in the pursuit of a world living in peace and harmony as well as to eliminate any form of practice that impedes the realization of equal citizenship rights in societies worldwide.

This was recently and strongly reiterated in the Outcome Declaration “Moving Towards Greater Spiritual Convergence Worldwide In Support of Equal Citizenship Rights” adopted by the World Conference on “Religions, Creeds and Value-Systems: Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights” held on 25 June 2018 at Palais des Nations by the Geneva Centre. The World Conference received strong support from the UN Secretary-General Mr Antonio Guterres.

In relation to the historic visit to the UAE, by His Holiness Pope Francis and the Great Imam of Al-Azhar His Eminence Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayyib, a Joint Document entitled “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” was adopted on 4 February 2019 by these Eminent Dignitaries reiterating the importance of harnessing the collective energy of religions and faiths to uphold equal citizenship rights and promote tolerant and inclusive societies.

In this connection, the conference to be held in Vienna will contribute to exploring the policy prescriptions required to ascertain the effective enjoyment of citizenship rights celebrating diversity and multiculturalism while consolidating national unity as set forth in the 2019 Joint Document on Human Fraternity, the 2018 World Conference Outcome Declaration and the 2008 Baku Declaration.

The Executive Director of the Geneva Centre will deliver an address at the opening of this international conference.

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