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Minutes of the IX session of the secretariat of the congress of the leaders of world and traditional religions

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The IX Session of the Secretariat of the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions presided over by H.E. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Head of the Secretariat, Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, was held on December 2-3, 2009.

The Session was attended by:

REPRESENTATIVES OF ISLAM

Munqiz Mahmoud Al-Saqqar - Researcher, the Muslim World League;

Abdel Baki Shehata Shoukr - Secretary General of the Islamic Research Academy, Egypt;

Majed Abdulaziz Al-Turki - General Secretary of the Conference of Ministers of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;

Mohamed Abdel Ghani Morsi Shama - Professor of Al-Azhar University, representative of the Minister of Awqaf of the Arab Republic of Egypt;

Mohamed Ben Elhaj - Representative of World Association of Islamic Call, Libya;

Mozaffari Mohammad Hossein - Director of Center for Inter-religious Dialogue of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, Iran;

Mohammad Umar Gautam - Director of Markazul Maarif Education and Research Center, Jamia Millia Islamia, India;

Mohammad Zia-Ul-Khaq - Chairman of the Department of Shariah, Professor of the International Islamic University, Pakistan;

Kalizhan Zankoev - Head Imam, Nur-Astana Central Mosque, the Representative of Spirit Muslim Administration of Kazakhstan.

REPRESENTATIVES OF CHRISTIANITY

Emmanuil - Metropolitan of France, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople;

Khaled Akasheh - Chief expert o of the Section for Islam of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican;

Georgy Roshchin - Priest, Deputy Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for church-society relations; 

Aleksandr Ievlev - Archpriest, press-secretary of the Dioceses of Astana and Almaty;

Richard Atkinson - Archdeacon of Leicester, the Church of England;

Novgorodov Yuri - Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kazakhstan, representative of the World Lutheran Association;

Jaquenoud Roland - General Vicar of the Archeparchy of Saint Maria in Astana, Roman Catholic Church;

Markos Hovannisian - Bishop, Head of the Gegharkunik Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

REPRESENTATIVES OF BUDDHISM

Qu Junzhong, Deputy Secretary of the Buddhism Association of China;

Wang Li - Officer of International Cooperation Department of the Buddhism Association of China.

Munkhbaatar Batchuluun - Official in charge of International relations of "Gandantegchenlin" Monastery;

Yang Ki Hoon - Representative of the Research Institute of Buddhism organization "Chochegon" in the Central Asia.

REPRESENTATIVES OF JUDAISM

Meir Danino - Representative of the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel;

Arieh Holzer - Representative of the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel.

REPRESENTATIVE OF SHINTOISM

Katsuji Iwahashi  - Senior Specialist of the International Cooperation Department of the Association of Shinto Shrines "Jinja Honcho», Japan;

Yukimasa Atsumi - Representative of the International Cooperation Department of the Association of Shinto Shrines "Jinja Honcho".

REPRESENTATIVE OF TAOISM

Feng He - Member of the Research office of the Taoists Association of China.

REPRESENTATIVE OF HINDUISM

Lalita Namjoshi - Deputy Director of Somaiya Bhartiya Sanskriti Peetham Institute.

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN

Maulen Ashymbayev - Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Deputy Head of the Secretariat of the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions;

Murat Nurtleuov - Secretary General of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan,  Secretary of the State Commission on the preparation and holding the III Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions;

Doulat Kuanyshev - Ambassador at Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

Ardak Doszhan - Chairman of the Committee on Religious Affairs of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

Aidar Abuov - Director of the International Center of Cultures and Religions of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

INVITED GUEST

Dr. Leonardo Emberti Gialloreti - Representative of the Community of St. Egidio, Italy.

The following agenda was approved at the Session of the Secretariat:

  1. Exchange of views to follow up the III Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions; 
  2. Discussions on the activity of the Secretariat;
  3. Discussions on the theme, the agenda and the date of the IV Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions;
  4. Fixing the date of the X Session of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions;
  5. Adoption of the Minutes of the IX Session of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.

A fruitful exchange of views on the agenda took place at the Session of the Secretariat. All members of the Secretariat were involved in the discussion of the above mentioned issues.

Taking into consideration the proposals by the participants of the Secretariat the following decisions were taken:

1. To take into consideration the proposals by the Session's participants as a follow-up of the III Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions;

2. To establish a Working group to draft the agenda and the final document of the IV Congress as follows: 

1. Monsignor Khaled Akasheh, Desk Officer of the Section for Islam of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican;

2. Meir Danino, Representative of the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel;

3. Mozaffari Mohammad Hossein, Director of Center for Inter-religious Dialogue of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, Iran;

4. Yuri Novgorodov, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kazakhstan, representative of the World Lutheran Association;

5. Mohammad Zia-Ul-Khaq, Chairman of the Department of Shariah, Professor of the International Islamic University, Pakistan;

6. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Ghani Morsi Shama, Professor of Al-Azhar University, representative of the Minister of Awqaf of the Arab Republic of Egypt;

7. Dr. Majed Abdulaziz Al-Turki, General Secretary of the Conference of Ministers of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;

8. PriestGeorgy Roshchin, Deputy Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for church-society relations,

9. Richard Atkinson, Archdeacon of Leicester, the Church of England;

10. Dr. Kala Dhananjay Acharya, Director of Somaiya Bhartiya Sankskriti Peetham Institute, India; 

11. Doulat Kuanyshev, Ambassador at Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, coordinator;

12. Abuov Aidar, Director of the International Center of Cultures and Religions of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

  1. To request all members of the Secretariat to submit proposals in written form on the theme of the plenary and group Sessions of the IV Congress to the Working group coordinator;
  1. To assign to the Working group to examine the proposals on the theme of the plenary and group Sessions of the IV Congress and to circulate them among the members of the Secretariat one month prior to the X session of the Secretariat; 
  1. To hold the X Session of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in September 2011; 
  1. To hold the IV Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in September 2012;
  1. To inform the religious leaders about the decisions taken.