King Abdullah Center for Interfaith Dialogue: We seek to promote coexistence
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The Secretary-General of the King Abdullah International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Co-Chair of the Consultative Council of United Nations Agencies for Religion and Development, Faisal bin Muammar, stressed the key role of the Consultative Council at its second meeting, one year after its establishment, The council represent diverse organizations with policy makers of the United Nations and various international organizations on religious and human values, with the aim of achieving the hopes and aspirations of global organizations to discuss pressing issues and to provide appropriate proposals and initiatives to United Nations organizations in all issues related to the 2030 Agenda
Mr. Bin Muammar pointed out to the role of the World Center for Dialogue in Vienna, its programs and objectives, noting that it includes the basic human rights in all its initiatives, primarily the right to life and other fundamental rights. The establishment of common rules for the manufacture of peace and living under common citizenship, because the goals of religions are to promote the dignity and freedom of the individual as a target and a cornerstone in their systems, and true religious are those who are inspired by religion and call for compassionate humanity, Which means that we need to find more effective ways to establish firm convictions among policymakers to establish common ground with them.
This came during the participation of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna at the Second International Meeting on “The Role of the United Nations and Interfaith Partnerships in the Empowerment of Communities and the Consolidation of Equality and Inclusiveness”, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Consultative Council of United Nations Agencies include: the Consultative Council on the Global Monitoring Report on Education, representatives of multilateral agencies of the United Nations agencies, bilateral agencies, non-governmental organizations, civil society groups and networks, UNESCO, and people from developing countries from all over the world, and discuessed religion and development, where the focus during the conference on the agenda and objectives of sustainable development and the importance of cooperation between different organizations in order to achieve its objectives, with the participation of forty-five organizations from religious and human values ​​organizations.
Ibn Muamar pointed out that the teachings of different religions, and values ​​shared by 80% of the world’s population are one of the main ways to prevent the slide to conflict and hatred, and has always been a factor of cooperation and integration in the multi-religious and multi-cultural communities, Religion has never been a cause of conflict and war between followers of religions that has left its painful mark on human memory.
He pointed out that the cooperation of individuals, religious leaders and institutions stems from their original roles, which are capable of building peace in societies that suffer from economic problems or social or religious or ethnic divisions. He pointed out relious leaders role as local activists is the guarantor of peace and coexistence, especially in areas of conflict and instability.
In his speech, Mr. Muammar discussed the experiences and programs of the King Abdullah International Center for Interreligious Dialogue in various regions of the world, including Europe, the Arab region, Central Africa, Nigeria and Myanmar through dialogue, cooperation, fellowship and training platforms..
He stressed the importance of operationalizing objective 17 of the goals of sustainable development related to promoting multi-stakeholder partnerships to exchange information for the purpose of implementing development goals.
The meeting was attended by a number of Arab and European ambassadors, as well as a number of international religious and intellectual leaders. Dr. Thoraya Obaid, former member of the Shura Council and former Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), spoke about her local and international experience. As the first Saudi and Arab female figure of international influence to head a United Nations agency, where she worked for ten years with all competence and experience, and she thank the King Abdullah International Center for Dialogue between followers of religions and culture for nominating her to speak to the meeting.

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