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Agenda on III Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions Print E-mail



On the Third Congress of Leaders of World and

Traditional Religions

(July 1-2, 2009, Astana)

1. Plenary session on the subject: "Role of religious leaders in building the world based on tolerance, mutual respect and cooperation".

2. Determination of date and place of carrying out the Fourth Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.

3. Addresses and discussions in section meeting on the subject: "Moral and intellectual values, universal ethics".

4. Addresses and discussions in section meeting on the subject:
"Dialogue and cooperation".

5. Addresses and discussions in section meeting on the subject: "Solidarity especially in crises periods".

6. Acceptance of Appeals of participants of the Third Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.


Annotated agenda of working sessions Print E-mail


Working session 1: «Moral and spiritual values, world ethics».

Moral and spiritual values are an integral part of human culture. There are various approaches to understanding and defining spirituality. According to some people spirituality is a cultural heritage including language, art, music, literature, etc.  Others believe that spirituality is closely linked to religion and religious values. They refer to secular and religious perceptions of the concept of "spirituality". The XX century focused on the secular meaning of the notion "spirituality".

Harmonious spiritual values are the basis for harmonious determination of  spiritual person in terms of agreed society-individual communication practice. Moral, spiritual and cultural values are interconnected. Spiritual values have cultural social purpose, for example, non-conflict relations, legal guarantee of work, harmonious existence resources management to fairly ensure good standards of life of every human being. Moral and spiritual values focus people and society on development of future generations. Ideals of spirituality become a conscientious imperative of existence harmonized with environment. Human being is emerged as a free and responsible individual who controls his position towards surrounding world.

II Congress of world and traditional religions Print E-mail

Image II Congress of world and traditional religions was held in capital city Astana of the Republic of Kazakhstan on 12-13 September, 2006.
Three years later after I Congress, leaders of world and traditional religions met each other in Astana again, and discussed such matters as religious freedom, inter-religious dialogue, and the role of religious leaders in strengthening global security.

The participants adopted a declaration on the results of the Congress, which states their visions of religions' role in the modern world. The declaration incorporates the agreements achieved over the triennial period of joint work and dialogue, oriented to strengthening the role of leaders of world and traditional religions in processes of establishing global peace.

Representatives from Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Taoism and Shinto, international religious organizations including World Conference of religions supporting peace, World Council of Churches were invited to participate in the Congress.

Head of state Nursultan Nazarbaev opened the Second Congress of leaders of world and traditional religions in the Peace and Accord Palace in Astana. 

Speech of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Print E-mail

Image Distinguished Leaders of World and Traditional Religions,

Dear guests of the Congress,

Three years have passed since the moment when we held our First Congress, which gathered together Leaders of World and Traditional Religions for the first time. As we agreed at that meeting, full of good will and intercession, we are again meeting each other in the heart of Eurasia, in Astana, the new capital of Kazakhstan. Today I am heartily pleased to greet all of you, who promote the light of high spirituality throughout the world, make all efforts to call nations to live in peace, accord and mutual understanding.

As you remember, at that meeting we made a decision to hold the next Congress in a specially built Palace of Peace and Accord. I kept my promise, the unique Palace has been built up according to the design of famous architect Norman Foster. And now I tell you that you are welcome to the Palace, to Kazakhstan!

The four sides of our Palace are oriented to the four sides of the world. In some sense this construction embodies independent Kazakhstan that friendly embraces all people of all nations and practicing different religions. Therefore, in multinational Kazakhstan, populated by people of about 130 nations and 40 confessions, peace, accord and mutual respect were settled in the independence years. Due to that, we have persistently established the Kazakhstani development model and have made impressive progress in the development of our economy.

Declaration of the II Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions Print E-mail

Image We, the leaders of world and traditional religions, gathered at our Second Congress in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan:

- building on the success of the First Congress, which took place in the city of Astana on 23-24 September 2003 and engaged internationally recognized world religious leaders in an important initiative of inter-religious dialogue;

- wishing to help strengthen mutual understanding between cultures, religions and ethnic groups which form the basic components of world civilizations, and aiming to prevent conflicts based on cultural and religious differences;

- acknowledging that religion, having always been a fundamental element of human life and society has, at the beginning of the new century, assumed a significant new role in establishing and preserving peace;

- recognizing the great responsibility held by religious leaders for spiritual teaching and advocacy on behalf of current and future generations, and their vital role in establishing a spirit of mutual respect, understanding and acceptance in the face of new challenges;

- underlining the unique character of every religion and culture, and considering cultural and religious diversity to be an important feature of human society;

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