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Prof. Azza Karam

Secretary General, Religions for Peace International

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam serves as the Secretary General of Religions for Peace – the largest multi-religious leadership platform with 92 national and 6 regional Interreligious Councils. She also holds a Professorship of Religion and Development at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, in The Netherlands – of which she is a citizen.

She served as a Senior Advisor on Culture, at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); and as Coordinator/Chair of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Development (UN IATF-R&D); and founder of the Multi Faith Advisory Council of the UN IATF-R&D. In those capacities, she coordinated engagement with members of a Global Interfaith Network for Population and Development with over 600 faith-based organizations from all regions of the world, representing all religions and interreligious affiliations. She was the Lead Facilitator for the United Nations’ Strategic Learning Exchanges on Religion, Development and Diplomacy, building on a legacy of serving as a trainer cum facilitator of inter- cultural leadership and management in the Arab region as well as Europe and Central Asia.
Professor Karam has served in different positions in the United Nations since 2004, as well as other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations since the early 1990s, such as International
IDEA,OSCE, and Religions for Peace. Simultaneously, she lectured in various academic institutions in Europe, in North America (including the United States Military Academy/West Point), Africa and the Middle East.

Her Ph.D. in 1996, focused on Political Islam, and became her first book in Arabic (her mother tongue) and in English. She has since published widely, and in several languages, on international political dynamics, including democratization, human rights, peace and security, gender, religious engagement and sustainable development. She was born in Egypt, and now lives in the United States.

Events
Monday, 4.10.2021 13:30
Opening Ceremony Main Hall
Moderator

Prof. Azza Karam, Secretary General, Religions for Peace

 

Welcome Remarks by Religions for Peace Co-Moderators and Youth Representative

Dr. Vinu Aram, Director, Shanti Ashram; Co-Moderator, Religions for Peace
Rev. Kosho Niwano, President-Designate, Rissho Kosei-Kai; Co-Moderator, Religions for Peace
Ms. Lyka Mtambo, Youth Representative, Public Affairs Committee; Member, International Youth Committee

 

Welcome Remarks by German Host Country Representative

Ms. Anna-Nicole Heinrich, President of the Synode of the Protestant Church
Bishop Dr. Bertram Meier, Bishop of Augsburg

 

Keynote Speeches

HRH Prince EL Hassan Bin Talal, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies; Honorary President, Religions for Peace
H.E. Ms. Alice Wairimu Nderitu, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, United Nations Office of Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect
H.E. Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth
H.E. Mr. Nasreldin Mofreh, Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, Sudan
H.E. Ms. Uzra Zeya, Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, U.S. Department of State
H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al-Mamari, Under Secretary for the Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs, Sultanate of Oman
Dr. Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, Minister of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Ms. Ana-Maria Daou, Head of the Research and Courses’ Unit, Adyan Foundation; Deputy Coordinator, Religions for Peace International Youth Committee (Lebanon)

 

Music

Maestra Zhang Zhang, Violin

Thursday, 7.10.2021 10:30
Closing Ceremony: Way Forward and Commitment to Action Main Hall
Moderator

Prof. Azza Karam, Secretary General, Religions for Peace

 

Reflections

Rev. Megumi Wada, Director, International Interreligious Cooperation, Rissho Kosei-kai, Japan; Former Director of General Affairs, RfP Japan; Member, RfP International Women’s Coordinating Committee [Invited]
Dr. Renz Argao, President & CEO, Argao Health Inc.; Moderator, Asia & the Pacific Interfaith Youth Network; Coordinator, Religions for Peace International Youth Committee
Prof. Joan Hernandez Serret, PhD., Professor of Sociology, University of Barcelona
H.E. Dr. Taha Ayhan, President, Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF)

Music

Maestra Zhang Zhang, Violin

Wednesday, 6.10.2021 16:00
Debate: Religious Actors are uniquely helpful in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic: True or False? Main Hall
Moderator

Prof. Azza Karam, Secretary General, Religions for Peace

 

Debate Group 1: True

Mr. Shameer Rishad, Youth Chairperson Religions for Peace India
Ms. Lyka Mtambo, Youth Representative, Public Affairs Committee; Member, Religions for Peace International Youth Committee
Mr. Christian Lupemba, Chairperson, Interfaith Youth Network of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Honorary President, Religions for Peace; Member, Religions for Peace International Youth Committee

Debate Group 2: False

Ms. Fatima Hallal, Junior Researcher, Hartford Seminary-Interreligious Relations; Member, International Youth Committee; Member, Religions for Peace International Youth Committee
Dr. Piero Liebman, Executive Director, Federation of Young Jews of Latin America (FeJJLA); Member, Religions for Peace International Youth Committee
John Ismael Medina, Communications Officer, Religions for Peace Philippines Youth Committee

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