International Congress on Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue held in Bilbao, Spain
An international congress was organized in Bilbao in the Basque countries in Spain on 11 – 15 December 2005 by Pax Romana and UNESCO Etxea under the theme: “New challenges in a world longing for peace”.
The promotion of dialogue among different communities and civilizations is, at present, a priority for the international community and around 50 religious leaders, scholars, educators and activists involved in intercultural and interreligious work addressed the congress through addresses and panel discussions.
The whole event focused on education and on how to move from multi-cultural and multi-religious societies towards intercultural and inter-religious societies on both a global and a local level.
Dr. Alice Shalvi, a member of the Interfaith Council, participated in a round table on "Strategies for Achieving Peace: How to Foster a Positive Interaction Among Cultures and Among Religions" and Ms. Charanjit AjitSingh, a member of the Committee of the Interfaith Council, was a panelist in a round table on "Conflicts Among Traditions and the Reasons Behind Them"