'Dialogue for Action' launch

'Dialogue for Action' launch

29 Sep 2010

Three weeks after an American preacher threatened to burn the Koran, creating outrage and anxiety about retaliatory terrorism, Joseph Camilleri will take his seat as a key player in a new global initiative to counter the dangers of such intolerance.

Joseph Camilleri A specialist in international relations and Director of La Trobe University’s Centre for Dialogue, Professor Camilleri is part of a new major initiative that will be launched in Malaysia this Sunday, 3 October.  

It aims to ‘translate the shared wisdom of the word’s major religious and ethical traditions’ into ‘clearly articulated principles of international law’ and the practice of international institutions.

‘We must approach this task with new thinking – and with great urgency,’ he says, ‘Our initiative is inspired by the conviction that the core of shared ethical wisdom can help move the world in a more positive direction.’   

The La Trobe Centre for Dialogue and three other institutions are spearheading the new initiative. The inaugural International Consultation will be hosted by the Malaysian Government in Kuala Lumpur from 3 to 7 October 2010.

The meeting will be addressed by Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Najib Abdul Razak and Foreign Minister, Koh Tsu Koon.  

Other participants include former Malaysian Prime Minister, Abdullah Badawi; Australia’s Malcolm Fraser; former Iranian President, Mohammad Khatami; and Judge Koroma from the International Court of Justice.

The initiative has a strong Asia-Pacific focus, but will also deal with the Middle East. It is supported by many political leaders in Asia, says Professor Camilleri.  
About 60 leading thinkers, policy makers and religious leaders will be involved in closed conference working sessions for most of next week.

The group will release results of its consultations at a media conference in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday morning, 7 October.

The conference is called: Faith, shared wisdom and international law - The lamps are many, but the light is the same.

Contact: Professor Joseph Camilleri, Tel: 03 9479 2698, Email: j.camilleri@latrobe.edu.au

Additional background: http://www.josephcamilleri.com




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