Declaration of VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions to be distributed as official document of UNGA 77

15.09.2022, 21:19

The VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions completed its work in Kazakh capital. The event concluded with the adoption of a Declaration. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev stressed the importance of this document during his speech. It is a detailed declaration that covers all the fundamental issues, and can therefore serve as a guide for international organizations and politicians around the globe. President Tokayev urged the Congress participants to consistently promote the ideas of the Declaration. The Head of State also proposed to prepare a concept document for the development of the Congress for the years 2023-2033.

“I also believe it is necessary to prepare a Concept document for the Development of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions for the years 2023-2033. This Concept document should include concrete steps and stages in further strengthening the influence of our forum. Our aim remains to promote an open dialogue among civilizations and to strengthen peace and stability. Once again, my sincere gratitude to all of you and let’s work together for the sake of peace, tolerance and cooperation,” said Tokayev.

It bears noting that the Declaration will be distributed as an official document of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, Special Representative of the Anglican Church Jo Bailey Wells said. According to her, the document was adopted by a majority of the Congress’ delegates. It will be passed to authorities, political leaders, religious figures, regional and international organizations, civil society institutions, as well as religious associations and leading experts around the globe.

“We thank the Republic of Kazakhstan for the excellent organization of the Congress, and to the Kazakh people for the cordiality and hospitality. We confirm our collective interest in continuing the activities of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions and our intention to convene the next Eighth Congress in 2025 in the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan,” Jo Bailey Wells said.

Countering terrorism and extremism, the importance of education and the elimination of social inequality were the main issues on the agenda of the Congress. For the first time, participants also discussed the women’s role in society.