«I believe that goverments, diplomats, religious leaders, academia and non-governmental organizations can effectively work together at international, regional and national levels to promote peace and security, tolerance and respect for diversity, religion or belief, and always defending the human dignity and the principle of freedom of religion for all people...
Respect for differences begin with acknowledging the rights, dignity and perspectives of everyone in a thoughful manner and then by treating others as one would like to be treated.»
Mr. Adama DIENG, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. Dr. Liviu OLTEANU, Secretary General of the Association Internationale pour la défense de la liberté religieuse (AIDLR). Mr. Michael MOELLER, Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva
H.E. Ms. Michelle BACHELET JERIA, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (Video message). H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin BAYYAH, President of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies. H.E. Ammo Aziza BAROUD, Ambassador of Chad to the European Union, United Kingdom and Benelux. Ms. Katarzyna GARDAPKHADZE, First Deputy Director of the Office of Security and Cooperation (OSCE), Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). Dr. Abdulaziz ALMUZAINI, Director UNESCO Geneva Liaison Office.CHAIRED & MODERATED by Dr. Azza KARAM, Senior Adviser on Culture, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
H.E. Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Bin MUAAMMAR, Secretary General, KAICIID Dialogue Center. Dr. Fernand DE VARENNES, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minorities Issues. Dr. Ganoune DIOP, Director Public Affairs and Religious Liberty, General Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Dr. Azza KARAM, Senior Adviser on Culture, UNFPA. Ms. Sharon EUBANK, President of Latter-Day Saints Charities. Dr. PL de SILVA, Director Institute of Strategic Studies and Democracies, Malta. Dr. Rik TORFS, Rector & Professor of Law at Catholic University of Leuven.
Debate Challengers Revd. Bonnie EVANS-HILLS, Inter-faith Adviser, The Church of England. Judge Dr. Harald MUELLER, Hannover Court, Germany. Dr. Michael DRIESSEN, Jean Monnet Fellow, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. European University Institute.
CHAIRPERSON: Dr. Ibrahim SALAMA, Chief Human Rights Treaties Branch, OHCHR. MODERATED by Ms. Simona CRUCIANI, Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect (OSAPG).
Q & A: Member States and Participants.
RAPPORTEUR of Panel 1: Dr. Hannah STROMMEN
H.E. Shaykh Muhammad Al-YAQOUBI, Syrian Islamic scholar and religious leader. H.E. Dr. Ibrahim SALAMA, Chief Human Rights Treaties Branch, OHCHR. Dr. Hannah STROMMEN, Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies, University of Chichester. Mr. Jonathan DUFFY, Director of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). Dr. W. Cole DURHAM Jr., Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Dr. Asher MAOZ, Dean, Shimon Peres Law School, Rehovot Israel. Dr. Ricardo GARCIA, Professor of Law, Law School, Universidad Autonoma Madrid, Spain.
Debate Challengers Dr. Li LIN, the Executive Director of the UCT. Dr. Paulo Sergio MACEDO, Director Education and Public Affairs and Religious Liberty. Rev. Victor H. KAZANJIAN Jr., Executive Director, United Religions Initiative
MODERATED by Dr. Kiriaki TOPIDI, Head of Culture and Diversity Research Cluster, European Centre for Minority Issues Germany.
Dr. Mohamed Abu NIMER, Senior Adviser, KAICIID Dialogue Centre Dr. Marie Juul PETERSON, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for Human Rights Ms. Hajar Al-KADDO, Forum of European Muslims Youth and Student Organizations Rev. Grace CHUNG LEE, President of Vision for a New Civilization Rabbi Michael MELCHIOR, Chairman of the Mosaica Center for Religious Conflict Transformation in the Middle East Dr. Kishan MANOCHA, Senior Adviser on Freedom of Religion and Belief (OSCE/ODIHR) Professor Li GUODONG, Chairman UCT International Culture Development Inc.
Debate Challengers Dr. Jose Maria Coello de PORTUGAL, Vice-Dean International Relations at Law School, Universidad Complutense Madrid Dr. Azza KARAM, Senior Adviser on Culture, UNFPA Mr. Arie de PATER, European Evangelical Alliance Representative at the European Union Alberto GUAITA, President of the Association por la Defensa de la Libertad Religiosa
Mr. Rudelmar Bueno DE FARIA, Secretary General of ACT Alliance Dr. Elisabeta KITANOVIC, Executive Secretary for Human Rights and Communication, Church and Society Commission, Council of European Churches Mr. Joao MARTINS, Director of ADRA Europe Ms. Sana MUSTAFA, President of the Network for Refugee Voices Dr. Mohamed ELSANOUSI, Executive Director of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers Mr. Tayab BASHAR, Executive Director of Save and Serve Foundation & Mr. Faisal MAJID, United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) Bangladesh Iman RAZAWI, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society
Debate Challengers Ms. Nika SAEEDI, Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding & Responsive Institutions (CPPRI) of UNDP Ms. Diane ALAI, Representative to the United Nations, Bahá'í International Community - United Nations Office Dr. Jose Maria PUYOL MONTERO, Professor History of Law and Institutions, Universidad Complutense de Madrid Dr. Luca OZZANO, Professor at the University of Turin
MODERATED by H.E. Dr. Petru DUMITRIU, Inspector, Joint Inspection Unit, Palais des Nations Geneva, Former Ambassador of the Council of Europe at the United Nations Office in Geneva
H.E. Ammo Aziza BAROUD, Ambassador of Chad to the EU, UK and Benelux Dr. Thomas SCHIRMACHER, Director of the International Institute for Religious Freedom Dr. Kiriaki TOPIDI, Head of Culture and Diversity Research Cluster, European Centre for Minority Issues Germany Dr. Jose-Miguel SERRANO, Professor at Law School University Complutense of Madrid Dr. Brett G. SCHARFFS, Dean International Center for Law and Religious Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University Dr. Brian ADAMS, Director Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University Dr. Alexey KOZHEMYAKOV, Visiting Professor in Moscow State University
Debate Challengers Ms. Simona CRUCIANI, Political Affairs Officer, OSAPG Dr. Ganoune DIOP, Director Public Affairs and Religious Liberty General Conference of th Seventh Day Adventist Church Dr. Marie Juul PETERSON, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for Human Rights Prof. Anthony Edward NISTOR, Director of International Affairs and Communication, Los Angeles Dr. Gregorio BETIZZA, Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Exeter
MODERATED by Dr. Liviu OLTEANU, Secretary General of the International Association for the Defense of Religious Liberty (AIDLR) Q & A: Member States and Participants RAPPORTEUR of Panel 5: Ms. Michelle MACK FIORE
Reading and Approval of the Declaration / Plan of Action Commitment Ms. Simona CRUCIANI, Political Affairs Officer, OSAPG Dr. Liviu OLTEANU, Secretary General of the AIDLR MODERATED by Ms. Simona CRUCIANI, Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect (OSAPG) & Dr. Liviu OLTEANU, Secretary General of the International Association for the Defense of Religious Liberty (AIDLR)