Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions

An international and interfaith initiative by President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan’s Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions seeks to bring together international religious leaders of all faiths to promote inter-confessional dialogue and prevent religious conflict worldwide. The first congress, held in 2003 and attended by 17 religious delegations, produced a declaration that advocated increased interreligious dialogue and mutual understanding on a global level. The congress aims to reflect Nazarbayev’s vision of Kazakhstan as an important bridge between East and West due to its ethno-religious demographics and geographic location, and to facilitate relations between the West and the Muslim world. The fifth congress in June 2015 included 80 delegates from 42 countries and discussed religious violence, particularly the Islamic State, and methods for promoting worldwide peace.

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Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions