HE Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Jarwan, President of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace (GCTP), and his accompanying delegation participated in the Sixth World Leaders and Traditional Religions Congress held in the Kazakh capital of Astana in the presence of a group of political, religious and parliamentary leaders from around the world. Al-Jarwan praised Kazakhstan’s hosting of this congress and the prosperity it has attained in all fields. He thanked the International Center for Cultures and Religions for its efforts in organizing this great international congress.
“Our world today faces serious threats, such as war and conflict, terrorism, extremism and radicalism, racism and violence, which threatens the societies of the world and spreads hatred,” Al Jarwan said in his speech he gave at the conference.
“It is our duty as peace lovers, political or religious leaders, to work on facing these threats in all possible means, as the great security role played by the armies and the national police forces is not enough alone to combat these phenomena.”
“We have to confront the mentality nourishing these phenomena by changing the ancient concepts in the minds of the extremists, the misguided and the provoked through hostile and destructive doctrines and concepts that bring to this world the scourge of discord, racism and terrorism,” he said.
“We need new global strategies and plans that work on finding solutions to the causes of such an ideology that will lead to crises, wars, threats and terrorism, in order to protect our world from the destructive consequences of these ideas.”
Al-Jarwan stressed on the need to work on new partnerships between states and governments, international, regional, national and parliamentary organizations, and religious leaders and authorities to eradicate extremism, eliminate intolerance, discrimination and hatred and to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, through spreading sound religious concepts and instilling principles of tolerance and peace in all societies, pointing out that he and a group of sincere people from around the world have worked to develop an international platform to achieve these lofty goals: the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace.
He also stressed the pivotal role of religious leaders in support of tolerance and peace, calling on them to work to clarify the true picture of tolerance and coexistence among different religions, especially among the youth and children, so that the principles of tolerance can be planted from childhood, to reap the benefits of peace, security and development in the future.
Al Jarwan also spoke about the importance of development and supporting poor peoples and communities, stressing on the importance of development in achieving peace around the world.
After the conclusion of the main session, Al Jarwan signed a memorandum of understanding between the GCTP and the International Center for Cultures and Religions in Astana to work together to spread tolerance and peace around the world.
On the sidelines of the conference, Al Jarwan also met with a number of parliamentary leaders and heads of international organizations and leaders from around the world. He also discussed ways of cooperation between them and the GCTP for the good and the benefit of world peace.