The International Conference entitled “From the interfaith and inter-civilizational dialogue to cooperation” was held in Berlin, Germany on 19 November 2018, by co-organization of the Baku International Centre for Interfaith and Inter-Civilizational Cooperation acting under the aegis of the Caucasus Muslims’ Board, the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Federal Republic of Germany, German-Azerbaijani Forum and Berlin Academy for Cultural Diplomacy.
The Conference was attended by the state officials of Azerbaijan and Germany, as well as public figures, academicians and religious representatives from various countries, the heads of different religious confessions, members of diplomatic missions accredited to Germany and international organizations.
Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade, the Chairman of the Caucasus Muslims’ Board, Secretary General of the Baku International Centre for Interfaith and Inter-Civilizational Cooperation, Mr. Markus Grübel, Commissioner for Global Freedom of Religion, Member of German Parliament, and Mr. Ramin Hasanov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Federal Republic of Germany delivered welcoming speeches at the opening ceremony.
The Conference focused mainly on the topics such as interfaith and inter-civilizational dialogue and cooperation, threats and challenges to international dialogue and solidarity such as terrorism, separatism and xenophobia, problems of refugees, IDP’s and migrants who became victims of aggression, racial, religious or ethnic intolerance, the role of interfaith and inter-civilizational cooperation in education of youth, preservation of historical, cultural and moral heritage, as well as the importance of joint efforts by public, religious and scientific leaders in the development of interfaith and inter-civilizational cooperation.
The Conference came to an end with the adoption of the “Berlin Declaration” by the participants.
Materials, including books and albums reflecting information on multiculturalism and tolerance in Azerbaijan were exhibited and disseminated among the participants during the event.