On 13 January 2016, the Permanent Mission of Hungary and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy hosted a seminar entitled “The role of interreligious and intercultural dialogue in peace and security”.
The panel discussion was chaired by Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN and featured keynote statements by H.E. Cristina Gallach, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Ms. Nihal Saad, Chief of Cabinet & Spokesperson for the High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations, Rev. Msgr. Tomasz Grysa of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations and the Hon. Agha H. Jafri, Secretary General of the American Muslim Congress. H.E. Dessima Williams, Special Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals at the Office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly also joined the dialogue.
The participants shared their views on building trust and understanding through intercultural dialogue. The leading experts and religious leaders discussed the role of interreligious and intercultural dialogue in peace and security from the perspective of their respective fields focusing on how different actors are working together towards peace, security and human rights by building trust and understanding.