Happening Today: 2016 Exchange on the Religious Dimension of Intercultural Dialogue, at the European Counsel, Strasbourg France

This evening, I will be attending an excellent event hosted at the European Counsel here in Strasbourg. The 2016 Exchange on the Religious Dimension of Intercultural Dialogue  takes places here every year. This year will focus on the role of education in preventing “violent extremism.”

You can see the press release below and also follow online at the live webcast!

Press release – DC174(2016)

2016 Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue : the role of education in the prevention of radicalisation

Strasbourg, 07.11.2016- The role of education in the prevention of radicalisation leading to terrorism and violent extremism will be the main theme at the 2016 Council of Europe Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue. It will take place at the Palais de l’Europe (room 1, Webcast), on 9-10 November 2016, following the World Forum for Democracy.

The Exchange provides a platform for dialogue between public authorities, religious communities and organisations representing non-religious beliefs, and broader civil society on topics of particular importance to the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue.

Opening statements will be delivered by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, by the Chair of the Ministers’ Deputies Ambassador Katrin Kivi, by PACE President Pedro Agramunt and by the Chair of the Human Rights Commission of the Conference of INGOs Michel Aguilar.

The 9th edition of the Exchange envisages two sub-themes:

· Education for democratic citizenship in the context of cultural and religious diversity;

· Empowering women and the role of the family in countering radicalisation and violent extremism.

The event will gather senior delegates of religious communities (Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Muslims), representatives of non-religious convictions, interreligious groups, NGOs, youth delegates, experts, academics, as well as mainstream media professionals and international organisations’ officials.

Focus

The role of education in the prevention of radicalisation leading to terrorism and violent extremism is highlighted in the Action Plan on the “fight against violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism” adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 19 May 2015. Education is also a key component of the Action Plan on “Building Inclusive Societies”.

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