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24 November, 2006

Diversity and Dialogue represented at first Asia-Europe Youth Interfaith Dialogue

The Asia Europe Foundation and Casa Asia hosted their first youth interfaith dialogue, from 19th-23rd November, 2006 in Navarra, Spain.

During this 4-day event, the young representatives of Churches, Faiths and youth religious organisations and networks, together with experts in inter-religious dialogue from the 38 ASEM countries, exchanged views and experiences based on their respective religions and spiritual traditions.

Becky Hatch participated in this event, representing Diversity and Dialogue. The participants worked together in workshops over four days, discussing their own experiences and attitudes to various aspects of youth interfaith relations. Discussions included a comparison of the different government policies across the European and Asian countries represented. Sessions focussed on Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue, Education, Socio-Religious Conflict and Religion in the Media. Each working group offered their own recommendations and these were combined into a declaration representing the views of the group - The Javier Declaration.

The participants also took part in cultural activities, including a jazz concert and visit to the Javier monastery. Many high profile speakers also attended the event, offering their insights on building trust and understanding.

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