Conference: Religious and Cultural Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East
18 – 20 October 2015
InterContinental Athenaeum Athens Hotel, Athens
Organisers: Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Task Force for the Athens International Conference
Subjects for Discussion:
1. Current situation: the plight of various religious, cultural and ethnic communities in the Middle East
2. Interrelation of Religion with International Politics
Contribution of religious leaders and faith communities to:
- the promotion and protection of human and civic rights and pluralism,
- the creation of more peaceful, stable and secure communities
- the prevention and resolution of conflicts
- the contribution to local and regional stability and security.
- the sustainable development
3. International initiatives undertaken so far for the protection of these communities, of their cultural heritage and monuments and the promotion of a peaceful interreligious coexistence, through dialogue between cultures and religions.
4. Means of Engagement for the future
- Enhancing cooperation with the international community to alleviate the plight of these groups.
- Developing an all inclusive regional consensus for supporting the historical, continued presence of these groups in the Middle East area and finding common position to move forward.
- Isolating perpetrations of religious persecution.
- Adopting an International Plan to create sustainable development to the affected regions and populations.
- Building a mechanism of monitoring (Observatory or Centre in Athens).
Download the full programme here: 2015 Athens Conference UPDATED PROGRAM
The welcoming address is available online here.
Some of the participants’ comments are available here.