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International Interfaith Conference involving leaders of the major religious communities, from now on will become an annual “Kyiv Interfaith Forum".
This was decided by the Conference involving leaders of the major religious communities, experts and politicians.
According to the initiator of the Conference, people's Deputy of Ukraine Oleksandr Feldman, there are a lot of forums organized by politicians, scientists, economists, and creative people in the world today, but there is a big shortage of events, that could become a place for dialogue between leaders of various religious, representatives of secular and religious communities, authority and society. We believe that Ukraine deserves to become a venue for the annual international Interfaith Forum on the issues of coexistence of different religions, religious and secular communities – said Oleksandr Feldman.
Members of the Conference supported this initiative, and stated in the resulting “Kiev Declaration” that they are ready to let the Kiev International Interreligious forum to be the event, that could address global and local humanitarian conflicts through dialogue and mutual respect.
International Interfaith Conference “World religions and civil society - united against hatred and extremism”, held in Kyiv on March 28-29, 2011, was organized by the Institute of Human Rights and Prevention of Extremism and Xenophobia. Participants and honorary guests of the Conference were: Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Volodymyr, President of the Federation of Muslims in France, Dr. Mohammed Behari, Secretary General of the European Council of religious leaders, Stein Villumstad, head of The Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies, Prof. Kamel Abu Jaber, head of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Asiatic Russia, Sheikh Nafigulla Ashirov, head of the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center, Father Nabil Haddad.