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Religious and Cultural Pluralism, and the Culture of Tolerance

Religious and Cultural Pluralism, and the Culture of Tolerance

Religious and Cultural Pluralism, and the Culture of Tolerance

Dr. Zahid Parvez, Principal of the Markfield Institute of Higher Education and Trustee of the Islamic Foundation, attended the  International Conference in Geneva on 18-19 February 2020. The theme was “Initiatives to Protect Young People against Extremist and Violent Ideas: Implementation Mechanisms. Dr. Zahid delivered his ideas and policy recommendations on promoting religious and cultural pluralism, and enhancing cultures of tolerance. During his presentation, Dr. Parvez stressed how peace, justice, and mutual cooperation is essential for a sustainable community, society, and a sustainable world. Intolerance, hatred, discrimination and all forms on injustice undermines social sustainability. The conference brought together senior officials from both government and the private sector from countries around the world, along with religious leaders (from the Islamic, Christian and Jewish faiths), security personnel and academic practitioners in the fields of education, psychology, and social theory. His Excellency, the Secretary General of the Muslim World League, Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, also addressed the conference. The participants shared their expertise and offered policy recommendations on protecting the youth against extremism, violence, and terrorism; including combating hatred and marginalization; and promoting religious freedom and the values of tolerance; diversity and cohesion.

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