At a recent international conference on “Tackling violence committed in the name of religion,” in Rome, Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar of the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) called for a culture of unity.
The Secretary-General was speaking to a number of religious, political and intellectual leaders in attendance from around the world as he reaffirmed KAICIID’s commitment to increasing dialogue in the fight against extremism. By working directly with religious leaders and partnering with lawmakers, KAICIID proactively reduces threats from extremist groups.
“If we are to seek positive and sustainable change, I think we need to deal with individuals, leaders and religious institutions to support policy makers in this area,” Muammar elaborated. “Religious institutions should contribute to [implementing] results on the ground in their local communities.”
The Secretary-General emphasized a need for a culture of shared citizenship that doesn’t discriminate based on religion or ethnicity. To achieve this, KAICIID plans to launch an interfaith platform aimed at fostering dialogue between Muslims and Christians in the Arab world. Muamar announced this program would appear within the month, adding that KAIICID hopes to install similar platforms in Nigeria and the Central African Republic in the near future.
The center has spent a great deal of time and effort in combating extremism and terrorism through the impact of dialogue since it was established in 2012. KAICIID is the only intergovernmental organization with a Board of Directors made up of representatives from major world religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Today it is a reliable partner for UN agencies, national governments and internationally active religious and interreligious organizations.
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