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.

An excerpt from the Intergovernmental Agreement signed by the Council of Parties in 2011:

"...WISHING to promote mutual respect and understanding among different
religious and cultural groups;

REAFFIRMING the purposes and principles enshrined in the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, in particular the right to freedom of thought,
conscience and religion;

EMPHASIZING the principles and values of human life and dignity,
human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race,
sex, language, or religion;

SEEKING to combat all forms of discrimination and of stereotyping
based on religion or belief..."

Read the full text of the KAICIID Establishment Agreement here.

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.

About KAICIID: This publication describes what KAICIID is, what we stand for and what we do. In addition to presenting the Centre and its evolution, the booklet outlines our work as of October 2014 in peacebuilding, peace mapping, media, education and building the field of dialogue.(PDF,EN,Opens in a new window)

 


Update

15 October 2014: KAICIID Congratulates Board Member Reverend Dr. Toby Howarth on Appointment as Bishop

KAICIID Secretary General Faisal Bin Muaammar today welcomed the appointment of KAICIID Board Member Reverend Dr. Toby Howarth as Suffragan Bishop of Bradford. Read More

Other News

25 September 2014: Austria, Saudi Arabia, Spain Stand Up to Abuse of Religion to Justify Violent Conflict

The deplorable violence and the humanitarian crisis in Northern Iraq and Syria, as well as in other parts of the world, call for a united response. To help build a united international front to bring peace to these regions, the Foreign Ministers of the Republic of Austria, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Kingdom of Spain today signed a declaration affirming dialogue as a path to lasting peace and social cohesion. Read More

17 September 2014: KAICIID, Finnish Government and Organisations Discuss Collaboration on Peacebuilding Initiatives

The Secretary General of KAICIID, Faisal Bin Muaammar travelled to Helsinki, Finland in September 2014 to strengthen ties with organisations and policy builders in the country, especially as they relate to KAICIID’s peacebuilding programme. Read More

15 September 2014: KAICIID Discusses Religious Pluralism as a Way toward Global Citizenship

Speaking at a UN High-Level Forum in New York on 9 September, KAICIID Senior Adviser, Mohammed Abu-Nimer said that global citizenship values – based on principles such as human rights, religious pluralism, environmental protection, gender equality and poverty alleviation, among many others – do not require an abandonment of traditional, ethnic or religious identities and are the basis for an “added-layer” of shared responsibility in the world. 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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