Declaration Issued by the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions

September 12, 2006

Source: Religion News Press

On September 12, 2006 a Religion News Press Press Release stated, "Leaders of major world and traditional religions meeting today in Kazakhstan made a decision to take a more active role in denouncing intolerance, terrorism and the misuse of religion for political ends. The call came on the first day of the Second Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The summit continues on Wednesday and is expected to result in a declaration on active measures that individual religious leaders can take to promote international security... President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, Chairman and host of the Congress, opened the first day of talks by adopting participants’ agreement on a set of Principles of Inter-Religious Dialogue that he hoped would pave the way for a Declaration on the role of religion in promoting international security... [He stated,] 'The world’s cultural and religious diversity is a reality that one needs to understand and accept as a given. Any other approach by politicians and the world may simply explode.'" For full Declaration, see