It is our honor to announce the Keynote Speaker of our 1st Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, October 1, 2014 in New York.
Venue: 136 East 39th Street
Between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10016, USA
Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Time: 9am – 5pm
Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook,
3rd Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom for the United States of America.
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We have space for more delegates. Interested organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, religious groups or associations, ethnic associations, policy makers or public leaders, individuals or diaspora associations, are encouraged to participate.
While the conference is open to everyone, we expect to have individuals or groups from diverse fields of study and professions, especially, attendees from government agencies, the military, local, regional and international organizations, educational institutions, business corporations, international development agencies, religious bodies, and ethnic groups or associations. Anybody who wants to develop skills in the mediation and resolution of ethnic, racial, community, religious, sectarian, cross-border, personnel, environmental, organizational, public policy, and international conflicts, can also participate.
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We recognize this to be a crucial moment in history, a time to step up and ensure that our children and grandchildren do not have to suffer through the horrors of war or genocide in all of their guises. It falls to all of us to open the doors to dialogue, to come to truly know one another, and to accept that in so doing, we can take the first tentative steps toward a world that can work for everyone.
And so we begin by working from where we are by revealing the assets available to us. The religious and ethnic differences long blamed for hatred and intolerance are taken out into the light where the advantages that they offer, the connections between us that they make apparent and the opportunities for healthy relations they support are affirmed. Our strength and promise are based on this foundation.
We appreciate the burden of the schedule that your responsibilities maintain, yet hope that you will be able to join us and bring your invaluable insights to this event.
The 21st century continues to experience waves of ethnic and religious violence making it one of the most devastating threats to peace, political stabilization, economic growth and security in our world. These conflicts have killed and maimed tens of thousands and displaced hundreds of thousands, planting the seed for even greater violence in the future.
For our First Annual International Conference, we have chosen the theme: The Advantages of Ethnic & Religious Identity in Conflict Mediation and Peacebuilding. Too often, differences in ethnicity and faith traditions are seen as a drawback to the peace process. It is time to turn these assumptions around and rediscover the benefits that these differences offer. It is our contention that societies made up of an amalgamation of ethnicities and faith traditions offer largely unexplored assets to the policy makers, donor & humanitarian agencies, and mediation practitioners working to assist them.
Policymakers and donor agencies have fallen into the habit, especially during the last several decades, to look at ethnically and religiously diverse populations, especially when they occur in failed states or nations in transition, as being at a disadvantage. Too often, it is assumed that social conflict naturally occurs, or is exacerbated by these differences, without looking more deeply at these relationships.
This conference is, therefore, aimed at introducing a positive look at ethnic and religious groups and their roles in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Papers for presentation at this conference and the publication thereafter will support a shift from the focus on ethnic and religious differences and their disadvantages, to finding and utilizing the commonalities and advantages of culturally diverse populations. The goal is to help one another discover and make the most of what these populations have to offer in terms of mitigating conflict, advancing peace, and strengthening economies for the betterment of all.
It is the purpose of this conference to help us get to know one another and see our connections & commonalities in a way that has not been made available in the past; to inspire new thinking, stimulate ideas, inquiry, and dialogue & share anecdotal and empirical accounts, which will introduce and support evidence of the numerous advantages that multi-ethnic & multi-faith populations offer to facilitate peace and advance social/economic well-being.
We hope that you will join a network of professionals who represent the broadest possible views and expertise from the field of ethnic and religious conflicts, interfaith and interethnic dialogue and mediation, and the most comprehensive range of expertise across nations, disciplines and sectors. We look forward to meeting you on October 1, 2014 in New York.