The King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue participated in the extraordinary Horasis meeting in Portugal for the year 2021 AD, which took place yesterday, with the participation of policy makers, businessmen, and organizations for dialogue and human values, represented by its Secretary-General, Faisal bin Muammar. Who delivered a speech in which he stressed the importance of commitment to strengthening the role of religious institutions and leaders to meet the challenges of our world, referring to the Corona pandemic, the focus of this meeting, noting the length of the pandemic period and its far-reaching effects, which were not taken into account, in addition to changing the shape of our world after recovery. Of which.
Ibn Muammar reviewed the efforts of the Global Dialogue Center, which focused last year on addressing the challenges of the pandemic, and activating the role of religious values and dialogue, in solving the crisis that caused the loss of many people, as well as its doubling of poverty rates and the increasing economic and social pressures, imposed by the precautionary measures and isolation. To limit the spread of the pandemic, in addition to the growing calls for inciting violence and the exclusion of other societal components, as well as the escalation of manifestations of hostility towards Muslims, immigrants, refugees, marginalized groups and anti-Semitism, emphasizing the center’s awareness of the seriousness of the pandemic, at the level of public health, and at the level of weakening the fabric. Social, interreligious relations.
Ibn Muammar pointed to the question of the center’s work team, about how religious institutions contribute to interacting with people and helping them in the absence of direct communication, and in a world dominated by social distancing and closure, and about the role of dialogue in overcoming these procedures, stressing the important role of the center in overcoming all challenges. And finding effective solutions, based on its mission to promote dialogue and common human values that unite followers of all religions.
He attributed the successes of the Global Dialogue Center in supporting local communities to a number of inspiring programs and events, including: the “Dialogue Projects” program, which supports the projects of “60” organizations affiliated with 15 Arab countries, with the aim of supporting vulnerable groups, and a number of Programs in Africa and Asia, within the framework of efforts to combat hate speech, promote common citizenship, and address the effects of the pandemic, in addition to supporting the Support Center for the efforts of about 200 religious leaders, who organized national television campaigns, to combat hate speech, and helped those who lost their jobs, and provided religious services and psychological counseling, as well as the center’s participation in organizing the Seventh Forum of Religious Values, for the Group of Twenty in October 2020, which was held in the city of Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with the aim of building bridges of communication between religious communities and policy makers to address issues that concern both Parties, such as hunger, poverty, the global health crisis, inequality and climate change, with the participation of 2,000 personalities from religious institutions and intergovernmental bodies, along with the Center’s support for the UN Action Plan Haddah, on the protection of religious sites, and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, believing in the positive role of religious leaders in the international community, by activating effective partnerships and support between religious institutions and policy makers based on shared values and moral and ethical leadership.
At the conclusion of his speech, Ibn Muammar stressed the importance of involving religious institutions, enhancing their capabilities to support policy makers, and confront global challenges, which may be of long duration, thus raising a set of questions that need clear answers from all concerned parties, namely: Do institutions have Are religious leaders familiar enough with their responsibilities? Has there been an active participation in the global dialogue with policy makers and citizens, or has it not taken its sufficient right to participate in supporting decision-making? What is the contribution of international multilateral organizations as the center of global dialogue?
It is worth mentioning that Horasis “Community of Global Visions” is an independent international organization in Portugal, concerned with future plans. Since its inception 15 years ago, its summits have become one of the most influential, as it annually brings together senior government, international and economic figures, with the aim of providing solutions to global challenges. The forum also organizes summits focusing on China, India and Southeast Asia, as well as the extraordinary Horasis meeting in Portugal.