congres2Palais des Congres*


« Events to promote Peace » under the patronage of UNESCO
and the European Commission,
13 and 14 September 1997, Brussels, Belgium - Palais des Congres


  • Professor André Frognier, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Professor Julien Klener, Universities of Ghent and Liege, Belgium
  • Professor Thomas Gergely, Free University of Brussels, Belgium
  • Prof. Bichara Khader, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Professor Ahmed Mahfoud, Liege, Belgium


  • Mrs. Rosa Guerreiro, UNESCO, France, Paris," The Roads of Faith " section
  • Bishop Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo, S.D.B. East Timor, Bishop of Dilli, Nobel Peace Prize 1996
  • Dr. Ron Kronish, Israel, Rabbi, ICCI, The Interreligious Coordinating Council
  • Dr. Mithkal Natour, Israel, Professor of Islamic Law, Jerusalem 
  • Bishop Flavien Joseph Melki, Lebanon, Bishop of Beirut 
  • Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Palestine, International Centre of Bethlehem, Bethlehem
  • Dr. Aly Elsamman, Egypt, member of the Islamic Council of Egypt, former advisor for information and informer to President Sadat (Camp David ), member of the Liaison Committee Al Azhar – Vatican
  • Sheikh Khaled Adlan Bentounès, Algeria, spiritual guide of the Brotherhood ‘alâwiyya
  • Dr.Chadly Fitouri, Tunisia, professor chair holder at the University of  Tunis, seconded to Unesco
  • Sister Jayanti, India, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, London  Office
  • Mr. Emile Moatti, France, Israel, representing the WCRP at UNESCO, Vice - President of the Fraternité d’Abraham
  • Rabbi René Samuel Sirat, France,  Grand Rabbi of France from 1981 to  1987, President of the Permanent Council of the Conference of European Rabbis
  • Dr Kenneth Milne, Ireland, Church of Ireland, The General Synod
  • Rabbi Lionel Blue, U.K., Vice Chairman,  Standing Conference of Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe
  • Bishop Emmanuel Nkatarutimana, Burundi, Advisor to the Dominican Order for Africa in Rome, Catholic priest of the Order of Preachers
  • Dr. M. A. Zaki Badawi, U.K., chairman of the Imams and Mosques Council U.K., Principal of the Muslim College
  • Lama Denys Teundroup, France, Congregation Dachang Rime, Tibetan tradition.

The basic question asked to the participants is:

How religious traditions can contribute to promote cooperation between people and to ensure social justice and peace in the world?

In developing this issue, speakers will address the following aspects:

  1. What is the place of man in the universe?
  2. Taking into account his place, what values should be (re-) set in our societies? Why? How?
  3. What initiatives can be taken, especially with regard to youth?
  4. Which analytical and operational tools are available to the great traditions to dismantle the mechanisms that are poisoning people?
  5. How their approach is different from that of politicians?

The « Events to promote Peace » ended with a manifesto that we now call:

*Palais des Congres

Mont des Arts
1000 Brussels, Belgium

The Palais des Congrès, built in 1958 on the occasion of the Universal  Exhibition, contains gigantic mural paintings of Paul Delvaux, René Magritte and Louis Van Lint.

The Mont des Arts district is in one of the places of cultural prestige of Brussels, with an extraordinary density of museums and art centres.

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Thumbnail image Thumbnail image Grand Rabbin René Samuel Sirat, France Cheikh Adlan Khaled Bentounes, Algérie
Dr Aly Elsamman, Egypte Lama Denis Teundroup, France Rabbi Lionel Blue, OBE, U.K. Dr. Mitkhal Natour, Israël
S.E.Mgr. Flavien Joseph Melki, Beyrouth, Liban Mgr. Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo Prof.Chadly Fitouri, Tunisie Thumbnail image
Thumbnail image Thumbnail image Dr Ron Kronish, Rabbi, Israël Dr M.A. Zaki Badawi, Royaume-Uni
Sister Jayanti, Inde Conférence au Palais des Congrès, le 14.09.1997 Mgr Emmanuel Nkatarutimana, Burundi Dr Kenneth Milne, Ireland
Prof. Bichara Khader, Belgique Rév. Dr Mithri Raheb, Bethléem, Aut. Pal. M. Emile Moatti, France Thumbnail image

Events to promote Peace 14.9.1997, Non-Profit-Association Ouvertures a.s.b.l.,
Annelie Löhr-Campion, Brussels, Belgium :
Some videos of the « CONFERENCE » :

Introduction : Prof. Thomas Gergely, Belgium,

Mrs Rosa Guerreiro, UNESCO, France

Professor Bichara Khader, Belgium

Dr. M. A. Zaki Badawi, U.K.

Monsieur Emile Moatti, France, Israel

Rabbi Lionel Blue, U.K.

Grand Rabbi René Samuel Sirat, France

Dr. Ron Kronish, Israel

Dr. Aly Elsamman, Egypt, France

Lama Denys Teundroup, France

H.E. Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo, East Timor


Acknowledgements by Michel Campion, Belgium, Ouvertures a.s.b.l.

Professor Ahmed Mahfoud, Belgium

Events to promote Peace, 14.9.1997, Non-Profit-Association Ouvertures a.s.b.l., Brussels, Belgium: Entire video of the « CONFERENCE ».


The speech transcripts of the speakers who are not recorded:



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