Brussels Conference will contribute to dialogue between Europe and the Islamic World

The Conference “Europe and the Islamic World: there is more that unites us than divides us” will be held in Brussels, on Tuesday 14 April from 09.00-14.30.  It is being organised by LINKS (Dialogue, Analysis and Research) and the Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Co-operation (ICYF-DC) under the auspices of the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC). The conference will bring together politicians, diplomats, officials and civil society representatives from Europe and from Islamic countries for an open and frank discussion on the current state of relations between Europe and the Islamic World, and the challenges and opportunities ahead.

The keynote speaker at the event is H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser, the UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilisations. Other speakers include David Borrelli from the European Parliament,  Ambassador Elshad Iskanderov, President of ICYF-DC, the writer and journalist Brian Whitaker, the journalist and broadcaster Nabila Ramdani, author Tim Wallace Murphy, Dr Ahmed al Dubayan and many others.

LINKS (DAR) Executive Director Dennis Sammut said that “the conference will provide a space for an open and frank discussion on the current state of relations between Europe and the Islamic World, and the challenges and opportunities ahead. This is a timely event given ongoing global developments, as well as the recent terrorist attacks in Europe. Speakers at the conference will represent a very broad spectrum of opinions. Our  objective is to energise the process of dialogue between Europe and the Islamic World and help build a better understanding of what we have in common, and how we can manage the differences between us. We think there is a need to broaden the dialogue to include personalities and organisations that may have not been engaged with the topic so far, but who after the events in Paris and Copenhagen now feel that they should. The conference will give a start to this process. We believe there is more that unites us than divides us, but we need to identify this common ground and use it as a basis for managing our differences.”

For more information, or to register for the conference email to info@links-dar.org indicating institutional affiliation. Attendance is restricted to registered participants only.