A Working group of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions held its meeting in Astana on October 8. Representatives of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism took part in the meeting in order to discuss issues related to the substantive part of the meeting of the XVIII Secretariat of the Congress and the work of the VI Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. Read more in the material of the Strategy2050.kz Information Agency.
Realizing the increased role of religion in society, President Nursultan Nazarbayev launched an initiative to hold a Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.
According to the Head of State, the dialogue between the leaders of world and traditional religions, built on the basis of trust and mutual understanding, will open wide prospects for international cooperation in this field and will help overcome such negative manifestations of our time as intolerance, discrimination, violence, religious extremism and terrorism, poverty, limited access to clean water, education and health, environmental crisis, diminishing significance of human life.
Held every three years, the I Congress was held in 2003 and attracted the participation of 17 religious organizations of Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Shintoism, Taoism and other confessions from 13 countries of Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East.
For 15 years, the Congress has become an authoritative platform on issues of interfaith relations.
Through the holding of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, Kazakhstan shows the whole world community an example of national consensus and consolidation of society. Our country has extensive experience in maintaining inter-ethnic and interfaith harmony and is ready for broad and effective cooperation in this area.
So, on the eve of the VI Congress, the members of the Working group discussed issues related to the substantive part of the meeting of the XVIII Secretariat of the Congress and the work of the VI Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, as well as the draft final document - Declaration of the VI Congress.
The results of the Working group will be discussed at the XVIII meeting of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, which will be held on the eve of the VI Congress.
The event was chaired by Deputy head of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions - Deputy Foreign Minister Yerzhan Ashikbayev and Commissioner for Promoting the Goals and Objectives of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions - Vice Minister of Social Development Berik Aryn.
The VI Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions will start its work on October 10, 2018 in Astana. It will last for two days. The VI Congress will sum up 15 years of the Congress’s work and will be devoted to the theme “Religious Leaders for a Safe World”.
Representatives of more than 80 delegations from 42 countries, including authoritative politicians, religious leaders of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, as well as representatives of international, religious and public organizations, such as the United Nations Civilizations Alliance, OSCE, UNESCO, LAS, etc. planned to take part in the VI Congress.
The VI Congress consists of two plenary sessions and four breakout sessions. The topics of discussion at the sectional sessions are: "Manifesto "The World. XXI century", as a concept of global security", "Religions in a changing geopolitics: new opportunities for the consolidation of mankind", "Religion and globalization: challenges and answers", "Religious leaders and politicians in overcoming extremism and terrorism".
As part of the initiatives of the Head of State, voiced at the last V Congress in 2015, on the days of the event, the Museum of Peace and Accord will be opened, the Astana International Prize and the Medal of Honor of the Congress will be awarded for active contribution to the interfaith dialogue and forum activities.
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