11 April 2019, GENEVA – On 10 April 2019, the Vice President of the Geneva Spiritual Appeal, Mr Venzeslav Sabev, and its Founding Member as well as Director of the think-tank Fondation de l'Entre-Connaissance, Mr. Hafid Ouardiri, paid a visit to the Geneva Centre.
The aim of this meeting was to discuss long-term partnership opportunities between the Geneva Centre and the Geneva Spiritual Appeal in the field of inter-religious understanding and dialogue.
Mr Sabev and Mr Ouardiri praised the Centre’s endeavours to act as a platform for dialogue and to promote mutual understanding and cooperative relations between people and societies.
The Geneva Spiritual Appeal’s representatives stated that the 25 June World Conference on religions and equal citizenship rights – held under the Patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at the United Nations Office in Geneva – served as the standard-bearer in the future for similar international conferences addressing the interplay between faiths and equal citizenship rights.
The World Conference – they said – had been a timely opportunity to promote intercultural and inter-faith dialogue among international experts, opinion makers, religious, lay and government leaders in times when religion has been considered as a source of division.
The participants agreed that the Geneva Centre and the Geneva Spiritual Appeal are united by their vision to promote equal citizenship rights in multi-cultural and multi-religious societies worldwide
In light of this discussion, the participants highlighted the need to capitalize on the momentum of the World Conference and 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, Ambassador Jazairy, Mr Sabev and Mr Ouardiri discussed the idea of organizing jointly a book launch event, in collaboration with the University of Geneva, on the outcome publication of the 25 June World Conference on religions and equal citizenship rights.
Both parties agreed to organize a follow-up meeting in the near future to concretize the collaboration between the Geneva Centre and the Geneva Spiritual Appeal and next steps on the joint book launch event.