ISNA Secretary General Invited to Inauguration of International Centre for Inter-Religious and Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna

Monday November 26th, Safaa Zarzour joined with more than 800 delegates from around the world to celebrate the official opening of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) in Vienna. The Centre building was formally opened on Monday afternoon by the Foreign Ministers of the three founding states – the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Austria and the Kingdom of Spain, witnessed by the Holy See as Founding Observer and KAICIIDs Board of Directors.

In addition to the ceremonial opening of the Centre, events on that historic day in the KAICIID journey included a Best Practice Symposium and afterwards a Gala Dinner, held at the Hofburg Palace. The Best Practice Symposium provided a platform for sharing exemplary practices, projects, initiatives and activities, presented by leading organizations working in the field of interreligious and intercultural dialogue. The goal of the Symposium was to promote wider learning and provide inspiration so that others might adopt and benefit from proven best practices in interreligious dialogue. Deep conversations with an exchange of experiences in interreligious and intercultural matters were enjoyed by the guests. Evening attendees were inspired by the message of KAICIID and by the spirit of the event, which concluded with a commitment to the belief in new horizons for dialogue.

KAICIID was founded to enable, empower and encourage dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures around the world. The Centre will act as a hub, facilitating interreligious and intercultural dialogue and understanding, to enhance cooperation, respect for diversity, justice and peace. It’s mission is to support, through grants and other means, the work of partner organizations and creative initiatives striving for the common good.

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