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MINUTES OF THE THIRD MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS Print E-mail
 The Third meeting of the Council of religious leaders took place on October 10, 2018, in Astana and was chaired by H.E. Kassym-Jomart TOKAYEV, Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Head of the Secretariat of the Congress of the leaders of world and traditional religions.
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AGENDA THIRD MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS Print E-mail

October 10, 2018, Astana

1. Welcome remarks by Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Head of the Secretariat of the Congress of the leaders of world and traditional religions Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

2. Changes in the composition of the Council of religious leaders

3. Welcome remarks by the Council members

4.  Approval of the draft final document (Declaration) of the VI Congress of the leaders of world and traditional religions

5. Agreeing on the date of the IV meeting of the Council of religious leaders

6. Agreeing on the date of the VII Congress of the leaders of world and traditional religions

7. Adoption of the Minutes of the Third meeting of the Council of religious leaders.

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DECLARATION VI CONGRESS OF THE LEADERS OF WORLD AND TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS Print E-mail
 October 11, 2018

         We, the participants of the VI Congress - representatives of world and traditional religions, heads of states, heads of international organizations united by a common aspiration for peace, harmony and constructive cooperation for the sake of prosperity of all mankind,

         expressing deep appreciation of and gratitude to President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, His Excellency Nursultan Nazarbayev for a valuable and praiseworthy contribution to promote dialogue, peace, security and harmony among our peoples and States,

         demonstrating their deep gratitude and consideration to the people of Kazakhstan and its Government for their generous hospitality,

         recognizing the unique contribution of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the promotion and the conservation of peace through dialogue between religions and civilizations to create a world without conflict for new generations,

         welcoming the fundamental role of the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions as a particular global platform for the development and strengthening of  inter-religious and inter-civilizational dialogue,

         expressing commitment to the Declarations adopted at the previous five Congresses of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions,

         affirming the importance of preserving religious and cultural diversity richness for human civilization,

         stressing the importance of cooperation between leaders of world and traditional religions with State and public institutions seeking to promote peaceful coexistence of peoples and States through dialogue and the promotion of shared human values,

         noting the special role of governments, as well as of governmental and non-governmental, national and international organizations, and the mass media in promoting the ideals of mutual understanding and peace between States, societies and peoples,

         relying on the significant historical experience of peaceful coexistence and interaction of multi-confessional societies, representing universal pillars of the world civilization,

         emphasizing  the special importance of adhering to the spiritual guidelines for cooperation to overcome intolerance, discrimination, exclusion, tensions and conflicts based on ethnic, religious, linguistic and cultural differences,

         realizing that charitable actions, compassion, mercy, commitment to the ideals of justice and peace would bring much more benefits to people and States than military confrontation,

         supporting the efforts of political leaders aimed at an immediate settlement and  solution of military conflicts and to avoid  bloodshed in various regions of the planet,

         condemning in the strongest possible terms the continuation of grave, systematic and massive abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law by international terrorist organizations, and  the support and/or sponsorship of terrorism that undermine mutual trust and cooperation among followers of different religions and among followers of the same faith,

rejecting all forms of manipulation of religion   in political conflicts, and of national belonging as well as the claims of exclusivity,

considering the problem of foreign terrorist fighters returning home or moving elsewhere as a new global challenge for all States as they counter religious extremism and international terrorism,

         affirming the commitment to high ethical standards, the commonality of our aspirations, and maintaining mutual respect and trust for the sake of security, stability, prosperity of all people,

         welcoming the intention to continue convening the meetings of the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan Astana,

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Speech of Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, at the opening ceremony of the V Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions Print E-mail
Your Excellencies and Eminencies!
Dear Mr. Secretary-General of the United Nations!
Dear participants and guests of the Congress!
Ladies and Gentlemen!
 
I cordially welcome you on the blessed land of Kazakhstan! If something happens in the world only once, it is usually considered as a historical accident. When it happens two or three times, it is a law of history. But if more times – this is Great History! As­tana is welcoming participants and guests of the Con­gress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions for the fifth time!
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