Ninth Doha Conference on Interfaith Dialogue
With the events and expectations of the Arab Spring fresh in
every one’s minds, over 242 participants from over 60 countries on
six continents – Jews, Christians and Muslims – met at the Doha
Sheraton Hotel from the Ninth Doha Conference on Interfaith Dialogue
from 24 to 26 October, 2011. They acknowledged the generous
hospitality of HH Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani and of the State
and people of Qatar, and paid tribute to the organizers of the
conference, the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue
(DICID), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Qatar University. The
Minister of Justice, HE Mr. Hassan Bien Abdulla Al Ghanim, at the
opening session of the conference welcomed the participants and
spoke for the need to make and to follow up concrete recommendations
in the theme of the conference ‘Social Media and Inter-Religious
Dialogue: A New Relationship’.
The Conference addressed five main themes: ‘the Emergence of
Communication Technology, History and Development’, ‘The Benefits of
Using Social Media in Interfaith Dialogue’, ‘Reflection of the use
of the Social Media on the Communities’, ‘The Pros and Cons of the
Social Communication in Serving Interfaith Dialogue issues’, and
‘Developing Religious Framework and Ethical Regulations to protect
Societies from Misuse of Social Networking Tools’.
The Plenary sessions were complemented by workshops on theory and
use of social media at introductory and intermediate levels, and
strengthened the contribution of young people made at many points
during the conference as they take the responsibility to build a
world with more justice and peace.
1. Building on previous Doha conference, we call on Religious and
education Authorities to encourage a climate of trust, truthfulness,
freedom and mutual respect among people of different religions.
2. Building on the concerns of the present Ninth Doha Conference we
call on men and women of all generations to explore ways to use
social media for genuine communication and consequent cooperqtion.
3. We call especially on young people to bring forward their
concerns and visions for improved understanding and collaboration in
many fields – social, personal and spiritual.
4. The conference urges DICID to develop codes of conduct and
suggestions for responsible use of social media, in order to
implement authentic dialogue and cooperation, and to communicate
these codes and suggestions to different religious Authorities as
widely as possible, such as the UN and UNESCO.
5. We encourage DICID to develop a forum using electronic social
media in order to enhance interfaith dialogue to local, regional and
6. We invite DICID to develop further effective communication with
religious authorities and with women and men of good faithall over
the world that will result in respect of religion and its symbols
and prevent misuse of social media.
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