Launch of the Survival and Well-being of Children Programme and On-site Visit to Uganda

11 March 2013

The King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), in strategic partnership with Religions for Peace (RfP) and in close cooperation with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), will launch an innovative programme –the Multireligious Collaboration for the Common Good (MCC) – to promote dialogue and collaboration amongst religious leaders.

KAICIID intends to encourage and promote collaborative initiatives amongst religious organisations with the aim of achieving greater mutual respect and cooperation. Therefore KAICIID has developed this initiative as part of the promotion of continuous dialogue and will point out the high relevance of a multireligious collaboration: The MCC programme will enable, engage and encourage faith leaders, congregations, faith-based institutions, interreligious councils and individual believers across diverse faith traditions to promote the widespread adoption of live-saving household practices. These practices will save the lives of children under five and promote their healthy growth and development. In the first year of the programme, Uganda has been selected for the implementation of a project on a national level.

The main objectives of the KAICIID Secretary General and Board of Directors’ on-site visit to Uganda is to meet with the support partners who are involved in the MCC programme implementation, to attend the start of this new programme and to get an impression of local conditions. KAICIID strongly believes that dialogue across the religious groups is the key in sharing best practices. Therefore, the KAICIID delegation will visit the childrens facility of a faith-based organisation in Kampala where they will meet with children and learn about the vocational training wing and the health centre.

The actual launch of the MCC programme will take place on 15 March in the course of a joint conference led by Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, the Mufti of Uganda. His Majesty Solomon Gafabusa Iguru, King of Bunyoro and chairperson of cultural and traditional institutions in Uganda, will honour the conference with his presence.

During his stay in Uganda, Secretary General Bin Muaammar and members of the Board of Directors will meet with religious and secular dignitaries such as His Grace Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese; Dr Christine Ondoa, Minister of Health of the Republic of Uganda; and representatives of UNICEF, Religions for Peace and the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda-Religions for Peace. The schedule also includes courtesy visits to the offices of the Vice President of the Republic of Uganda and the Speaker of the Parliament where the KAICIID delegation will have the opportunity to introduce the Centre and its vision and mission.