The Task Force “Dialogue of Cultures” of the Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs in cooperation with Salzburg Global Seminar invites to an expert’s discussion entitled
“The role of religion and dialogue in preventing violent extremism”
on 20th April, 10-12am, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Literatur,
Herrengasse 5, 1010 Wien
The following experts will be present:
· Dr. Kamal Boraiqa Abdelsalam Hassan, Representative of Al Azhar University
· Dr. Mohand Ouadir Mechnan, Representative of Algerian Ministry for Religious Affairs
· Father Nabeel Haddad, Representative of Jordanian Government for interreligious dialogue
moderated by Dr. Charles E. Ehrlich, Salzburg Global Seminar
The UN Secretary General has presented a Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism (A/70/674), in which he underlines that regional and international actors bear a particular responsibility for assisting countries in strife in returning to peace. The recommendations in the Plan of Action identify actions that can be taken also at the regional level, and underline the role of dialogue also in the security field.
Religious harmony as well as interreligious dialogue are important values to protect in the current diverse and globalising context. Over the past two decades, the international community has sought to address violent extremism primarily within the context of security-based counter-terrorism measures. However, with the emergence of a new generation of groups, there is a growing international consensus that such counter-terrorism measures have not been sufficient to prevent the spread of violent extremism. There is a need to take a more comprehensive approach.
The three experts are present on the occasion of the Austrian Chairmanship of the OSCE Mediterranean Contact Group for an event on 19th April.
Please register at dialog(at)bmeia.gv.at