A recognition to King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue’s efforts in establishing coexistence
RIYADH, January 30 (CIC) – The United Religions Initiative (URI) has granted its Africa Peace Prize 2018’ to the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) in appreciation for its efforts in supporting the values of dialogue and establishing coexistence and respecting diversity.
The URI is a global grassroots interfaith network that promotes “enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings’’. The network has more than800 member groups and organizations.
In a statement, URI said it has awarded the Africa Peace Prize for 2018 to Vienna-based KAICIID in recognition of its efforts in ‘’reviving the AU Interfaith Dialogue Forum in partnership with the African Union and in promoting dialogue and eliminating hatred’’, according to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
‘’We were pleased when we received news that the Centre has been awarded this valuable international prize held in high regard by all our employees,” SPA quoted the Secretary-General of KAICIID, Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar, as saying.
He said that “KAICIID is the first international dialogue organization to activate the roles of religious individuals, leadership, and institutions to help policymakers establish peace and coexistence under common citizenship, find effective, sustainable solutions, and achieve positive results”.
Established as an intergovernmental organization in November 2012, KAICIID is a partner for UN agencies, national governments and internationally active religious and interreligious organizations.