KAICIID is an intergovernmental organization whose mandate is to promote the use of dialogue globally to prevent and resolve conflict to enhance understanding and cooperation. Over a seven-year-long negotiation and development process, KAICIID’s mandate and structure were designed to foster dialogue among people of different faiths and cultures that bridges animosities, reduces fear and instills mutual respect. Intercultural and interreligious dialogue helps build communities’ resistance against prejudice, strengthens social cohesion, supports conflict prevention and transformation and can serve to preserve peace.

As an international organization, KAICIID supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in particular the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. The Centre also combats all forms of discrimination based on culture, religion or belief. We implement programmes to overcome stereotypes in a long-term process that leads to a culture of dialogue that enables greater understanding of people of other cultures and followers of other religions.

Our work is the continuation of a journey to fulfill a vision to bring together religious leaders and governmental representatives in a sustained dialogue for peace. 

Our Journey

18 Nov, 2014
In an unprecedented demonstration of multi-religious solidarity, leaders of Christian, Muslim and other religious communities from Iraq, Syria and the larger Middle East region meeting at the KAICIID Conference "United Against Violence in the Name of Religion" on 19 November 2014 denounced with one voice all violence in the name of religion, and have called on the international community to protect religious and cultural diversity in Iraq and Syria .
26 Nov, 2012
The KAICIID Dialogue Centre was inaugurated on 26th November 2012. Speaking at the inauguration, UN Secretary General welcomed the initiative of the Centre’s founding by the Council of Parties, the Holy See and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques: “Tonight we join forces to celebrate your efforts for cultural exchange and global harmony. We need to look no further than today’s headlines to see why this mission is so important.”
25 Nov, 2012
The newly formed Board of Directors unanimously adopts the KAICIID affirmation .
21 Oct, 2012
The Agreement for the Establishment of the KAICIID Dialogue Centre enters into force, followed by the first session of the Council of Parties ten days later. At its first session, the representatives of the three founding parties appointed the Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General of the Centre. The Council of Parties also elected the members of the Board of Directors and welcomed the Holy See as a Founding Observer.
22 Apr, 2012
A Preparatory Commission is set up by the States Signatories to lay groundwork for the implementation of the objectives of the Founding Agreement; an Interim Secretary-General is appointed, an Interim Board of Directors elected and other working structures put in place.
12 Oct, 2011
Recognising the importance of dialogue, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Austria and the Kingdom of Spain, following the initiative of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, sign the Agreement for the Establishment of KAICIID in Vienna . The Holy See is a founding Observer.
29 Sep, 2009 30 Sep, 2009
The Geneva Interfaith Conference upholds the initiative of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques, for the need for constructive dialogue among the followers of all religions and cultures. It also resolves to promote the spirit of the culture of dialogue, examine the role of the media and affirms its support to establish an International Dialogue Centre.
12 Jul, 2009 13 Jul, 2009
The World Conference on Dialogue in Vienna sets up a Preparatory Working Group and parameters for a new Steering Group to examine how an International Dialogue Centre might be established and managed.
12 Nov, 2008
The UN General Assembly, meeting in New York, affirms that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of the dialogue among civilisations and of the Culture of Peace.
15 Jul, 2008 17 Jul, 2008
The Madrid World Conference on Dialogue brings together 300 followers of different religions and cultures, with a focus on human values that unite Mankind. In a final statement, the Conference calls, among other things, for a Special UN Session on interfaith dialogue.
04 Jun, 2008 06 Jun, 2008
The First International Conference on Dialogue is held in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, bringing together 500 international Muslim scholars, to discuss interfaith dialogue in Islam and to establish parameters for dialogue with followers of other religions.
05 Nov, 2007
In the first ever meeting between the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and a Pope; King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz and His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, share their vision of an initiative for interfaith dialogue.
30 Nov, 2005
The idea to establish a global dialogue initiative is presented to the Islamic Summit at Mecca, Saudi Arabia – the idea is welcomed by those present.