Mention religion in the context of international affairs and it automatically raises the red flag of violence and tension between different communities. However, this is to downplay or neglect the positive role inter-faith dialogue can play in resolving conflicts. When religion is a significant factor in violent conflict, traditional diplomacy is not always the most successful way to seek peace. Inter-faith dialogue, on the other hand, brings a spiritual dimension into the peace-making process, putting forward common values such as justice, compassion and the importance of social justice. This event will address inter-faith dialogue as a mechanism to effectively complement secular peace-making in mitigating violence and promoting peacebuilding.
- Mr. Raphaël Igbokwe, Representative of the Nigerian Federal House of Representatives, and President of the Forum of Young MPs in Nigeria
- Mr. Konstantin Kosachev, Senator, Federation Council and Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, Russian Federation
- Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, representative of the Anglican Church, Nigeria
- Don Mussie Zerai, representative of the Roman Catholic Church, Eritrea
- Mr. Hafid Ouardiri, representative of the Muslim faith and member of “Appel Spirituel de Genève”
Moderator: Amb. Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann, Permanent observer of the Order of Malta to the United Nations in Geneva
The event is organized by the IPU and the Permanent Delegation of the Sovereign Order of Malta. It will take place from 10:45 to 12:00 in Room XI, Palais des Nations.
All participants and speakers who do not have a valid UNOG grounds pass must register via the UNOG registration system - INDICO. They will then receive a single badge valid from 7 to 9 November 2018 and will be able to attend all events of Geneva Peace Week 2018 without further additional registration.