Welcome - Introduction to KAICIID

 

The KAICIID Dialogue Centre (King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue) was founded to enable, empower and encourage dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures around the world. Located in Vienna, the Centre is an independent, autonomous, international organisation, free of political or economic influence.

The Founding States of the Centre (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Austria and Kingdom of Spain) constitute the “Council of Parties” responsible for overseeing the work of the Centre; the Holy See is admitted as a Founding Observer to the Centre.

The Board of Directors comprises high-level representatives of the major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) and cultures. The Centre is headed by a Secretary General. An Advisory Forum of up to 100 members of other religions, cultural institutions and international organisations will provide a further resource of interreligious and intercultural perspective.

 

Update

25 June 2014: KAICIID Local Panel Discussion Addresses Responsibility Of Media In Intercultural Society

On June 24, KAICIID Deputy Secretary General Claudia Bandion-Ortner convened a panel discussion at the Herzogenburg monastery (in the region of Lower Austria), to discuss the role and responsibility of the media in shaping the image of other religions and cultures. This is a central theme in KAICIID’s work this year, which is focused on the media through the “Image of the Other” multi-annual framework programme. Read More

21 June 2014: Fostering Common Citizenship among Christians and Muslims in Arab Societies

During a two-day consultation convened at the KAICIID Dialogue Centre in Vienna from 20 to 21 June 2014, 25 religious, academic and civil society actors from several Arab countries—including, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria—convened to discuss means to strengthen social cohesion and the common understanding of citizenship among Muslim and Christians in Arab societies. Read More

11 June 2014: KAICIID and United Nations Leaders Discuss Interreligious Dialogue for Peacebuilding

The Secretary General of the KAICIID Dialogue Centre, Faisal Bin Muaammar, today met the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, at UN Headquarters in New York.

The two leaders agreed that dialogue involving religious leaders, governments and civil society is an essential success factor in defusing conflicts and building peace. Read More

10 June 2014: Dialogue among religions is the most effective way to combat violence in the name of religion: KAICIID Secretary General

“We face twenty-first century conflicts which respect no borders: we need 21st century solutions that address this fact. Peacebuilding efforts that exclude religious leaders and religious perspectives from policy discussions cannot be effective, because we then miss a big part of the picture,” said Faisal Bin Muaammar, Secretary General of the KAICIID Dialogue Centre. Read more

 

The King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue was founded to enable, empower and encourage dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures around the world. Located in Vienna, the Centre is an independent, autonomous, international organisation, free of political or economic influence. The Founding States of the Centre (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Austria and Kingdom of Spain) constitute the “Council of Parties” responsible for overseeing the work of the Centre; the Holy See is admitted as a Founding Observer to the Centre.

The Board of Directors comprises high-level representatives of the major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) and cultures. The Centre is headed by a Secretary General. An Advisory Forum of up to 100 members of other religions, cultural institutions and international organisations will provide a further resource of interreligious and intercultural perspective.

 

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