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World Conference on Dialogue
Vienna, 13 – 14 July 2009
Following the initiative of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, announced at the Madrid World Conference on Dialogue held on 15 – 17 July 2008, the present conference has taken up the task of providing an effective way forward for inter religious dialogue.
This follow up conference, based on the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and organized by the World Muslim League, is founded upon the recommendation of the United Nations General Assembly at its High Level meeting held on November 12, 2008 called in response to the royal initiative given in his address to scholars and leaders representing different regions.
Our conference held here in Vienna on 13th and 14th of July 2009 has discussed joint practical steps necessary to implement the royal initiative in a spirit of warm support and appreciation from the representatives of the religions and institutions gathered here.
During the conference we have discussed a range of important issues positively and constructively and in particular:
The importance of freedom of religion; our common responsibilities for preserving the environment and the human heritage; inter religious dialogue as an instrument to achieve peace and reconciliation; the increased role of women and young people in dialogue; respect for human dignity in a plural society; joint efforts towards a better common future for humanity.
These discussions and deliberations have resulted in the following conclusions:
I would like to thank the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for his initiative and thank the representatives of the world’s religions gathered here for their participation and their continued support for the initiative. We also thank the Government of Austria for their excellent hosting of this meeting. Finally we thank His Highness Prince Mansour bin Khalid al-Saud, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Austria and the Muslim World League for their efforts to make this meeting successful.