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Grand Chancellor speaks at the WHS Special Session on ‘Religious engagement – the contributions of faith communities to our shared humanity’

To promote the rules of international humanitarian law is vital

Istanbul, 24 May 2016

World Humanitarian Summit in session, 23-24 May 2016

World Humanitarian Summit in session, 23 – 24 May 2016

“I call on faith-based organisations to promote the rules of international humanitarian law and invite the international community to discover the benefits of faith-based actors, to make better use of their unique qualities,” declared Albrecht von Boeselager at a Special Session at the World Humanitarian Summit, held last week in Istanbul. The Special Session focused on the role of faith based institutions and organisations in promoting peace and providing relief in areas of conflict. The Sovereign Order of Malta participated at the event along with other leaders of religious communities and representatives of different faiths.

Click here for the Special Session Outcome Document. 

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