High-level meeting on intercultural and inter-religious dialogue held in Spain

The conference was initiated under the premise of intercultural and inter-religious dialogue being a powerful tool for achieving peace and stability, and for combating intolerance and extremism. Eighty representatives from institutions entrusted with intercultural dialogue and cooperation, interreligious organisations, religious authorities and prominent individuals gathered at the headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean in Barcelona on 22 and 23 July.

The conference was held on an initiative from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, in collaboration with the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), the UN Alliance of Civilisations, the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) and the European Union.

According to the press release of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the participants held the meeting as a unique opportunity to list and evaluate the existing tools, instruments and institutions for intercultural and interreligious dialogue. The conference served as a platform to position intercultural and interreligious dialogue as a central goal within a renewed multilateral policy for the Mediterranean, as well as to establish a road map that involves the main institutions for a shared strategy of intercultural and interreligious dialogue.

Following the debates held during the meeting, the participating institutions approved a document of conclusions that lay the bases for collaboration. Success stories regarding intercultural and interreligious dialogue will start to be identified.  The list of these actions and programmes will be focused on different areas of action: education, the media and young people. Another conclusion of the meeting was the commitment to consolidate an alliance of partners and improve collaboration mechanisms for institutions that are active in intercultural dialogue.

Read the press release on the event in full here.