25 June 2018, GENEVA: The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue in collaboration with the International Catholic Migration Commission, the World Council of Churches, the Arab Thought Forum, the World Council of Religious Leaders, Bridges to Common Ground and the European Centre for Peace and Development, organized a World Conference on “Religions, Creeds and Value Systems: Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Right”.
The World Conference was held on 25 June 2018 at the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) Switzerland (room XVI), under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. It was addressed by more than 35 world-renowned religious, political and lay leaders from the major regions of the world.
In a video message to the World Conference, UN Secretary General Mr. António Guterres recognized the importance of this initiative, particularly in the current context, where racism, intolerance and discrimination are on the rise. Furthermore, Mr. Guterres saluted the shared commitment to human rights and, in particular, to equal citizenship rights of the participants to the conference, and highlighted the crucial role played by religious leaders in this regard. The UN Secretary General recalled that, as highlighted in the World Declaration on the Advancement of Equal Citizenship Rights, the outcome document of the conference, which will be officially open for signature on 25 June 2018, diversity should be celebrated as a richness worldwide, instead of being rejected due to fear and ignorance.
Mr. António Guterres further remarked that the promotion of freedom of religion or belief, as stated in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, constituted a cornerstone of the promotion and the protection of equal rights for all, which were essential for the defence of our common humanity.
The UN Secretary General concluded his inspirational message to the World Conference calling on all participants to unite for equal rights for all without discrimination.