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Reaching out to victims of armed conflicts – the special role of faith based actors

Geneva, 26 May 2015

Tomorrow at the United Nations in Geneva, the Order of Malta hosts a symposium which will look at the problems humanitarian actors encounter in the field, the role of faith based organisations to mediate, support and work for reconciliation, their crucial role in promoting peace, the need to protect the victims of armed conflicts and the need to emphasise the common understanding of human rights.

A panel of experts who represent a wide range of faiths: Muslim, Vedanta, Judaism, and the Christian faiths, as well as a wide range of expertise in international humanitarian law, foreign aid, diplomacy and conflict resolution will debate these crucial concerns. 
The symposium is a first participatory stage for the World Humanitarian Summit, launched by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon in 2013 and which is scheduled for May 2016 in Istanbul.

Preview the event – follow the links below:
 An interview with the President of the International Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer  
An interview with Amb. Slimane Chikh, Permanent Observer of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to the UN Geneva:  
An interview with the Order of Malta’s head of worldwide charitable activies, Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel:  

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