KAICIID, which is based in Vienna, was created to be a hub among followers of different religions and cultures, facilitating interreligious and intercultural dialogue and understanding, to enhance cooperation, respect for diversity, justice and peace. The Board of Directors, which will hold its meeting in Madrid on February 1st and 2nd, brings together senior representatives of major religions and cultures of the world (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism). KAICIID was founded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Austria and Spain, and the Holy See has a role as a Founding Observer.
In addition, coinciding with this meeting, KAICIID will be introduced in Spain next Thursday January 31st. This act will take place during the Conference “20th Anniversary after the Agreements between Spain and the different Faiths (FEDERE, FCJE, CIE)”, organized by the Ministry of Justice. During this conference KAICIID’s Secretary-General, Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Bin Muaammar, will be present the KaICIID Dialouge Centre and will take questions from those attending the event. He will also be taking part in the Conference opening during that morning.
KAICIID's presentation in Spain:
Date: Thursday, January 31st 2013
Schedule: 15:30 - 16:30 p.m.
Venue: Pabellón of Jardines de Cecilio Rodriguez at Retiro Park.
Address: PASEO URUGUAY, (Frente a la Avenida Menédez Pelayo, 67), 28009 MADRID
Participants: KAICIID's Secretary-General, Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Bin Muaammar
Carolina Pérez Rioja
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Aurora Mellado Mascaraque
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KAICIID: A Centre of Dialogue in Vienna
The King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) was founded to enable, empower and encourage dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures around the world. Located in Vienna, the Centre is an independent, autonomous, international organisation, free of political or economic influence.
The Founding States of the Centre (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Austria and Kingdom of Spain) constitute the “Council of Parties” responsible for overseeing the work of the Centre; the Holy See is a Founding Observer to the Centre.
The Board of Directors comprises high-level representatives of the major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) and cultures. The Centre is headed by a Secretary General. An Advisory Forum of up to 100 members of other religions, cultural institutions and international organisations will provide a further resource of interreligious and intercultural perspective.
The Secretary General H.E. Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Bin Muaammar stated: “It is my profound belief that this Centre can become a place of leadership and applied learning; a place where candid dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures can flourish so that we can value and cherish the richness of our diversity and live together as good neighbours. And I am convinced the KAICIID will, within a short period of time, build a bridge for a better understanding, facilitating interreligious and intercultural dialogue and understanding, to enhance cooperation, respect for diversity, justice and peace.”
The KAICIID Vision
Religion as enabler of respect and reconciliation.
Acting as a hub, facilitating interreligious and intercultural dialogue and understanding, to enhance cooperation, respect for diversity, justice and peace.
The Centre will act as a hub among followers of different religions and cultures, empowering others already working in the field of dialogue and promoting harmony and cooperation.
- Generate, develop and disseminate knowledge in the area of Interreligious and Intercultural dialogue;
- Cultivate and promote respect for differences through dialogue;
- Create bridges, address conflict and promote collaboration amongst diverse groups.
For more information please visit KAICIID at: www.kaiciid.org