Religions taking action together to counter violent religious extremism at first global multi-religious high-level conference on 12 December

ABU DHABI: The first global multi-religious high-level conference on violent religious extremism will be held in Abu Dhabi between 12-13 December.

This conference will allow for a more detailed analysis of the factors that “drive” violent religious extremism and will result in a multi-religious statement and action plan to counter violent religious extremism.

This conference will position all religious communities as vulnerable to the effects of violent religious extremism and will provide a unified voice against all forms of violent religious extremism. It will demonstrate the cooperation of religious persons of diverse faiths to work together on this common threat to humanity. The objective of this conference is to achieve a powerful multi-religious consensus on violent religious extremism and identify collaborative multi- religious efforts to combat it.

This conference will produce a shared multi-religious statement that rejects violent extremism and action plan that tackles the drivers of violent religious extremism through multi-religious cooperation. It will also foster the development of a multi-stakeholder partnership with the United Nations for action against violent extremism.

The conference will be attended by the world’s senior most religious leaders and inter-governmental leaders including: Shaikh Abdullah bin Bayyah, President, Forum for Peace in Muslim Societies, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria, Nassir Abdulaziz Al Nasser, High Representative, United Nations Alliance of Civilisations, and Dr. William F. Vendley, Secretary General, Religions for Peace.

This conference is being convened by the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies and is held in cooperation with Religions for Peace.

SOURCE: WAM