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Parliamentary Conference on Interfaith Dialogue


26 May 2023, Rabat, Morocco and Geneva, Switzerland

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Parliament of Morocco are organizing the Parliamentary Conference on Interfaith Dialogue: Working together for our common future from 13 to 15 June 2023 in Marrakesh, Morocco. The Conference is being held in cooperation with Religions for Peace, and with the support of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the Mohammadia League of Religious Scholars.

The Conference will be held under the patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and will bring together Speakers and members of parliament, religious leaders, representatives of civil society and experts to engage in constructive dialogue and share good practices in addressing key issues standing in the way of sustainable coexistence. The meeting will also offer an opportunity for participants to jointly explore action points for building more peaceful and inclusive societies and to develop a roadmap for joint action.

During three days of debate, dialogue and reflection, participants will identify avenues of collaboration in areas such as peace and the rule of law, building a common future, gender equality and youth participation, trust and mutual recognition, solidarity and inclusion. The Conference will conclude with the adoption of a high-level declaration.

As the international organization of the parliaments of sovereign States, the IPU has for many decades provided a unique and inclusive platform for parliamentarians of all nationalities, faiths and beliefs to work together to address the major challenges before the world. Since it was founded in 1889, the IPU has worked tirelessly to build bridges of dialogue and understanding, and to help forge conditions conducive to peace, democracy and sustainable development.

The Kingdom of Morocco has been steadfast in promoting openness and tolerance, and has for many years hosted meetings and dialogue between different religions and civilizations. As set out in its Constitution, Morocco holds dear the values of openness, moderation, tolerance and dialogue in the interests of mutual understanding between all cultures and civilizations of the world.

Representatives of the media can gain access to the Conference by registering here.

Some sessions will be broadcast live on the IPU website:

The IPU is the global organization of national parliaments. It was founded more than 130 years ago as the first multilateral political organization in the world, encouraging cooperation and dialogue between all nations. Today, the IPU comprises 179 national Member Parliaments and 14 regional parliamentary bodies. It promotes democracy and helps parliaments become stronger, younger, gender-balanced and more diverse. It also defends the human rights of parliamentarians through a dedicated committee made up of MPs from around the world.

The Parliament of Morocco is the country’s legislative body. It votes on laws, oversees Government action and evaluates public policy. It consists of two chambers: the House of Representatives, whose 395 members are elected for a term of five years through direct universal suffrage, and the House of Councillors, whose 120 members, representing regional administrative areas and professional associations, are elected for a term of six years through indirect universal suffrage.

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