King Abdullah’s initiative has come at a time when the need for dialogue among religions, cultures and civilizations see Islamic Civilization Exhibit has never been greater. It has brought together people who might not otherwise have a chance to interact. Along with other initiatives, it will contribute to building a more harmonious world.
The two-day Nov. 12-13, 2008 “Culture of Peace” gathering, convened on the initiative of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, called for mutual understanding through dialogue, and respect for human rights among proponents of various faiths, cultures, and civilizations. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, who in an opening speech on Wednesday denounced terrorism as the enemy of all religions, initiated the meeting, attended by leaders and diplomats from some 70 countries. The meeting reaffirmed the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The meeting further recalled that all States have pledged themselves under the Charter to promote respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, including freedoms of belief and expression, without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion. Below are photos of the World Leaders attended culture of Peace conference.