«I believe it is possible to expand on this common basis to build a system that recognizes the diversity of expressions and perspectives, and that allows for more openness and systematic collaboration in the service of the people we all care for, guided by the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.»

António Guterres Current Secretary-General of the United Nations

GENEVA 2016

Global Summit on «Religion, Peace and Security»
Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies by fostering religious freedom and preventing violent extremism and atrocity crimes

Promoter and Coordinator:

Dr. Liviu Olteanu, Secretary General of the AIDLR, Doctor of Law on United Nations Diplomacy in Action for Protecting Human Rights and Religious Liberty

Co-Organizer:

Mr. Adama Dieng, Under Secretary-General, United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide


Panel Discussion Keynotes

Day 1

Official Opening
Opening Remarks

Moderator: H.E. Alvaro Albacete, Deputy Secretary General for External Relations at the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), Vienna


Panel 1
The current status of affairs: challenges to peace, security and human rights, with focus on the right to freedom of religion and belief

Moderated by: H.E. Ms. Beatriz Londoño Soto, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva.


Panel 2
The current status of affairs: best practices and lessons learned in fostering freedom of religion and belief

Moderated by: Simona Cruciani, Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect.

Books release
First book: «History of Liberty and Respect for Differences»
Second book: «Agents and Ambassadors for Peace. Promoting freedom of religion and freedom of expression against violence in the name of religion»

Moderated by: Mario Brito, President of the International Association for the Defense of Religious Liberty (AIDLR)


Day 2

Panel 3
The migrant and refugee crisis: challenges from the perspective of promoting peace, security and human rights, with particular focus on freedom of religion and belief

Moderated by: H.E. Belen Alfaro, Ambassador in Special Mission for Alliance of Civilizations and Interreligious Dialogue, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Spain


Panel 4
The “Dialogue Five” framework: cooperation and coordination

Moderated by: Adama Dieng, Under Secretary-General United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide


Panel 5
Changing mindsets: best practices and lessons learned

Moderated by: Norbert Zens, Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for the Defense of Religious Liberty (AIDLR), Bern, Switzerland


Panel 6
The role of international diplomacy and education in promoting respect for freedom of religion and belief

Moderated by: H.E. Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the United Nations in Geneva


Day 3

Panel 7
Complementarity with the Sustainable Development Goals: how the Sustainable Development Goals can support the international debate on fostering religious freedom, preventing discrimination, violence and atrocity crimes

Moderated by: Michael Wiener, Human Rights Officer, Rule of Law and Democracy Section, Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights


Summary
Summary of main findings by the rapporteurs of the panels

Moderated by: Simona Cruciani, Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect


Concluding Remarks
Closing Ceremony