Protecting Religious Communities - Investing in Young People as Leaders of New Opportunities for encounters, dialogue and peaceful coexistence between peoples

Thursday, 13 July, 2017 - 09:30
Rome, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

The last few years have seen the proliferation of policies and multilateral initiatives to protect the fundamental rights of persons to practice their beliefs. Yet, different communities in different parts of the world continue to be subjected to persecution or serious discrimination because of their religion. How to protect Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) both in international relations and at domestic level? How to complement the initiatives of diplomacy with new bottom-up strategies, involving the youth? How to respond to the growing religious persecutions and divisions, especially in the Middle East and the Mediterranean?

Keynote Speakers:

Hon. Angelino ALFANO, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Mons. Paul GALLAGHER, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See

The conference was opened by the Secretary General of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Amb. Elisabetta BELLONI, and closed by the President of ISPI, Amb. Giampiero MASSOLO.

 

 

 

 

 

The conference, which was organised in partnership with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was held in Rome on July 13, h. 9.30am, at the Conferenze Internazionali Room at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (Piazzale della Farnesina, 1).


BACKGROUND DOCUMENTSPolicy Briefing and ISPI Report.