Religious Leaders Come Together In Astana To Find Path To Global Peace & Security

The Congress, held triennially in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, since 2003 brought together the representatives of more than 82 countries, delegations from 46 states including well-known politicians, religious leaders of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Taoism, Zoroastrism as well as the representatives of international, religious and public organisations, such as the UN Alliance of Civilisations, OSCE, UNESCO, and the League of Arab States.

The participants adopted a final declaration outlining the role of political and religious leaders in the maintenance of peace and stability in the context of a world in which incidents of armed conflict are on the rise, and in which religion is increasingly seen as a factor, often even a catalyst, for conflict. 

The Congress delegates urged the global community to strengthen the dialogue and cooperation, believing that people can overcome challenges and prevent inter-religious conflicts through their joint-efforts.

They also discussed Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s Manifesto ‘The World. The 21st Century’, which urges humanity to destroy weapons of mass destruction stating that the document presents a viable strategy aimed at maintaining stability and security.

image: Kazinform

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