By Danielle DoportoManama ( BNA): Today marked the second day of a most auspicious event being hosted in the Kingdom of Bahrain; the Dialogue Among Civilisations and Cultures Conference, organised under the auspices of HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and held at the Gulf Hotel Convention Centre, aims to unite ‘all civilisations in
By Danielle Doporto
Manama ( BNA): Today marked the second day of a most auspicious event being hosted in the Kingdom of Bahrain; the Dialogue Among Civilisations and Cultures Conference, organised under the auspices of HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and held at the Gulf Hotel Convention Centre, aims to unite ‘all civilisations in service of humanity.’
The three-day event has attracted hundreds of prominent scholars and religious figures from over 80 countries, who have come together to engage in meaningful dialogue in order to foster understanding, coexistence, and ultimately peace and prosperity for all humankind.
Nejib Friji, the Director of the United Nations Information Centre, called the conference “a step forward, following the different high-level meetings that have been held all over the world, to consolidate dialogue among cultures, religions and civilisations.”
He expressed hope that the outcomes of the discussions would enhance the alliance of civilisations, and deliver the UN’s goals of peace, security and development.
Tuesday’s agenda was the busiest, with expert panel discussions that touched on the event’s four major themes: the principle of human rapprochement and its impact on the welfare of humankind; the role of religious, educational and media institutions in promoting human relations; the contribution of civilisations throughout the history of humankind; and co-existence among different civilisations within the same country.
Member of the Higher Organising Committee Nancy Khedouri hailed HM King Hamad’s progressive vision in continuously opening the gates to people from all backgrounds and religions and praised the accomplishments of the committee’s Head Shaikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Khalifa in organising this conference.
She also expressed her heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the media for playing a vital role in conveying the message of peace, and the image of Bahrain as a cosmopolitan and tolerant land.
“I believe that in diversity we can achieve unity,” she said.
On the sidelines of the conference, the Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa, signed two Memoranda of Understanding with the United Nations and Jordan’s Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies, geared towards guaranteeing the implementation of the conference’s recommendations through permanent institutional action.
“The main purpose of this is to unify the way we go forward in enhancing the coexistence between different cultures and religions,” Shaikh Khalid told Bahrain News Agency (BNA). “We are hoping that it will be a [link] in a long chain which will lead to a better conclusion … and we can build upon it something that will really serve, and be a benchmark in, the development of humanity,” he said.