Leading international think tanks discussed issues of interfaith dialogue in the modern world


Today, December 10, 2020, in Nur-Sultan, with the participation of the Ministry of Information and Social Development, a discussion of scientists, experts from recognized international think tanks (think tanks) was held on topical issues of globalization, religion, dialogue. The discussion took place on the eve of the Independence Day of Kazakhstan at the site of the Nursultan Nazarbayev Center for the Development of Interfaith and Intercivilizational Dialogue. Representatives of Kazakhstan, Great Britain, Vatican, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Russia spoke at the event. In particular, the Chairman of the Committee on Religious Affairs of the Ministry of Information and Social Development Yerzhan Nukezhanov, Head of the Bureau of Islamic Affairs of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Monsignor (Vatican) Khaled Akashe, Director General of the Institute for the Study of Islam of the International Islamic University of Islamabad (Pakistan) Muhammad Zia Ul -Hack, Executive Director of the Woolf Institute (UK) Esther-Miriam Wagner, as well as other members of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, partners of the Center. During the conference, the participants considered the issue of the ever-growing role of the religious and scientific-expert community in the development of fundamental, applied research projects in the field of state-confessional relations. The experts provided a comparative analysis of international studies of recent decades, demonstrating positive dynamics among modern societies in understanding the need and willingness to strengthen interreligious dialogue, integrate cross-cultural, scientific ties between countries in promoting interfaith dialogue and mutual understanding. International experts focused special attention on the exceptional role and outstanding contribution of Nursultan Nazarbayev to the formation and development of Independent Kazakhstan, the creation of an effective model of peace and harmony between different confessions, the development of interreligious and intercultural dialogue in the world within the framework of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. Following the results of the International Scientific and Practical Conference, the participants developed appropriate practical recommendations for the further study of issues of interfaith and intercivilizational dialogue, the formation of stable mechanisms of interaction in solving interreligious problems, as well as cooperation within the framework of meetings of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions and its institutions.