Astana will host the sixth Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser and Secretary General of the World Conference of Religions for Peace, William Vendley will attend the forum. Astana hosted the first Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in September 2003. This initiative of the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev opened prospects for promoting interreligious dialogue at the global level. Having constructed on the basis of trust and mutual understanding, it will contribute to overcoming violence, religious extremism and terrorism. The UN forum participants showed their gratitude to Kazakhstan for President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s global initiative and the organization of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions which has been attracting the global attention for 15 years.

WILLIAM VENDLEY, SECRETARY GENERAL, WORLD CONFERENCE OF RELIGIONS FOR PEACE:

 - This is a unique contribution of Kazakhstan. I’ve spent my whole professional life in advancing collaboration among the world’s religions. I feel such gratitude and solidarity for a great contribution that is Kazakhstan making. Let me mention. I have personally participated in the marvelous and path breaking congresses of central Asian leaders and Kazakhstan. This is a brilliant contribution for all of us.  

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