Council of Europe’s Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue

Strasbourg, 9th – 10th November 2016

This year’s exchange on the Religious Dimension of Intercultural Dialogue (in place since 2008) has been held again at the Council of Europe (CoE) in Strasbourg.

The exchange under the auspices of the Committee of Ministers of the CoE, provides a platform for dialogue between public authorities, schools of thought and organizations presenting non-religious beliefs, and broader civil society on topics of particular importance to the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue.

The theme of the 2016 exchange was the role of education in the prevention of radicalization leading to terrorism and violent extremism; with two sub-themes:

  • Sub-Theme I. Education for democratic citizenship in the context of cultural and religious diversity
  • Sub-Theme II. Empowering women and the role of the family in countering radicalisation and violent extremism.

Over 150 participants from religions and schools of thoughts from different member states of the Council of Europe presented their papers during the two days.

Four EBU-members participated:

  • Michel Aguilar,
  • Gabriela Frey,
  • Dominique Side and
  • Ron Eichhorn.

Michel represented the Conference of INGO’s and gave one of the introductory speeches. Dominique presented a paper on sub-theme I and Gabriela a paper on sub-theme II.

Michel Aguilar, Gabriela Frey, Ron Eichhorn and Dominique Side at the Council of Europe’s Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue

Michel Aguilar, Gabriela Frey, Ron Eichhorn and Dominique Side

The President of the Parliamentary Assembly, Mr. Pedro Agramunt emphasised two important projects of the Council of Europe to counter the current problematic radicalisation of our societies.

One is the #NoHateNoFear movement and the other is the platform for permanent dialogue amongst all convictions. This platform has already been proposed in a report of Mrs Anne Brasseur (former president of the PACA) in 2011 also present at this meeting. A major part of the delegates of this gathering supports this platform and hopes that it will be set up as soon as possible.

Further information on: http://www.coe.int/en/web/cm/exchanges

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