PROGRAM WEDNESDAY Inauguration ceremony (All times Spain local time)
Starting 2:00 P.M.
1 – Address of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
2 – Address of H. M. King Juan Carlos I of the Kingdom of Spain.
3 – Address of H.E. Dr. Abdullah Bin Abdul Mohsin Al-Turki, Secretary General of the Muslim World League
4 – Address of H.E. Mr. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain
7:30P.M. – 9:30 P.M.
First Theme: Dialogue and Its Religious & Civilizational Foundations
Session Chairman: Dr. Bawa Jain, Secretary General, Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders.
1 - Dialogue in Islam: Dr. Hussain Hamid Hassan, Legal Adviser, Dubai Islamic Bank
2 - Dialogue in Christianity: Archbishop Mons. Antonio Astillero Bastante, judge of Episcopal churches for Mutraniya Public Affairs - Madrid.
3 - Dialogue in Judaism: Rabbi Arthur Schneier, founder and chairman of Conscience Foundation Call, USA.
4- Dialogue in Oriental Creeds (Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucianism): Dr. M. M. Verma, Director, Interfaith Foundation, India
10 A.M. - 12 noon
Second Theme: Dialogue and Its Importance in Human Society
Session Chairman: Dr. Saleh Bin Abdullah Bin Humaid, Speaker, Shoura Council, Saudi Arabia
1 – Dialogue and Interaction of Cultures & Civilizations: Rev. Nichiko Niwano, President, Japan Committee, World Parliament for Religion and Peace
2 – Dialogue and its Impact on Peaceful Coexistence: Prof. Federico Mayor Zaragoza, President of Cultural and Peaceful Foundation, Spain
3 – Dialogue and its Impact on International Relations: Dr. Abdelhadi Tazi, Member of Royal Academy, Morocco .
4 – Dialogue in the Face of Calls for Clash of Civilization and End of History: Dr. Redwan Naef Al-Sayyed, Chairman, International Institute for Islamic Studies, Lebanon
12:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Third Theme: Common Human Values in Areas of Dialogue
Session Chairman: Dr. William F. Vendley, Secretary General, World Conference of Religions for Peace.
1 – Ethical Reality in Contemporary Human Society: Dr. Nihad Awad, Executive Director, Council of American-Islamic Relations –USA.
2 – Significance of Religion and Values in Combating Crimes, Drugs and Corruption: Sheikh Muhammad Ali Taskheeri, Secretary General, World Forum for Proximity of Islamic
Schools of Thought- Iran.
3 – Role of Religion and Family in Stability of Society: Shankaracharya Onkar Anand SaraswatiJi Maharaj, Leader of Sanatan Dharm, India
4 – Protection of Environment as a Common Human Duty: Rev. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, Rector, Pontifical Institute for Arabic Studies, Vatican
7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. Fourth Theme: Evaluation and Promotion of Dialogue
Session Chairman: Rabbi Caudio Epelman, Secretary General, Jewish Congress in Latin America &Caribbean, Argentina.
1 – Muslim-Christian-Jewish Dialogue: Its Future and Horizons: Dr. Izeddin Ibrahim Mustafa, Adviser to President of United Arab Emirates for Cultural Affairs, UAE.
2 – Dialogue with Oriental Creeds: It’s Future and Horizons: Master Xue Cheng, Vice-Chairman, Buddhist Association of China.
3 – Efforts of World Countries and Organizations in Augmenting Dialogue and Overcoming its Obstacles: Father Econos Nabbel Haddad, Executive Director, Jordanian Center for Religious Coexistence Researches, Jordan.
10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Fifth Theme: Disseminating of Culture and Coexistence of Dialogue .
Session Chairman: Dr. Ahmed Kamal Abul Majd, Deputy Chairman of Egyptian National Council for Human Rights- Egypt
1 – Media and its Impact on Disseminating the Culture of Dialogue and Coexistence: Dr. Nabil Luka Bibawi, Member of Shoura Council – Egypt.
2 – Dialogue: Its Impact on Coexistence: Dr. James Kedner, Director of Coexistence Foundation – UK.
3 – Dialogue, Peace and Co-existence: Dr. William Baker, President, Christians and Muslims for Peace ( CAMP), USA.
12:00 P.M. -1:00 P. M.
1 – Final Communique to be read out by Dr. Abdul Rahman Bin Abdullah Al-Zaid , MWL Assistant Secretary.
2 – Address of conference participants to be delivered on their behalf by Rev. Cardinal Jan Luis Turan, President of Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.
3 – Speech of Dr. Abdullah Bin Abdul Mohsin Al Turki, MWL Secretary General.