Interfaith Summit 2012


Currently in many parts of the world, countries are facing challenges in their community, whether it is related to the dynamics of political, social, cultural, and especially religious harmony. One of the highlights is the violence in the name of religion. It is still a chore that must be resolved, such as the case of Rohingya refugees in Burma, Mindanao in the Philippines, and in many other places are real examples of problems that require more responsibility from the world community. Whereby, Indonesia Youth Forum (IYF) in collaboration with the Global Peace Festival Indonesia Foundation (GPFIF) will hold the International Interfaith Youth Summit 2012 with the theme "New Interfaith Paradigm for the 21st Century", to be held in Bali 5 to 7 October 2012. The event is intended to encourage young leaders to have the spirit and the world took part in the campaign for world peace. "The purpose of the event is none other than to build a common understanding, the importance of religious harmony and come to take a real role in peace-building," said Ahmad Shamsuddin, Executive Director of IYF. The same thing was also said by Dr. Chandra Setiawan, M.M, PhD, Chairman GPFIF. He said events like this should be supported because other than campaigning for inter-religious harmony, the significance of this event because it was initiated by young people from around the world. "We're from GPFIF considered that an event like this is important, because young children are involved actively thinking about world peace. Currently they are willing to make a real contribution, how soon when they will become a world leader, they would always carry the spirit of this noble cause, "said Chandra. The plan, approximately 200 young global leaders from various countries will be present, such as Pakistan, the Philippines, Cambodia, the United States, South Korea, China, Malaysia, Timor Leste, United Kingdom, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Madagascar, Gambia, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Laos, Somalia, and Indonesia. "We kept in touch with fellow youth from all over the world, and establish good communication with them. Of course, we hope they are not constrained and can still attend this event, "said Dewirini Anggraeni, Chairman of the Committee for Interfaith Summit 2012. Meanwhile, Abdul Mohammed Idris, IYF Program Director added that the event is a routine and continuous part of the real contribution to world peace. "This is the fourth year we invited young people from different countries to sit together and build mutual understanding dialogue, upholding human rights. This activity is very important in order to take part in the peace of the world, "said Idris, who is also Deputy Secretary PP IPNU. "We thank the support of all parties, so that the event is held, either from the Government of Indonesia and representatives of friendly countries in Jakarta, also thanks to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in foreign countries, which helps smooth the process the arrival of friends from different parts of the world, "added Idris. Meanwhile, to support the preparation of the Summit Interfaith event, the Organizing Committee held a Soft Launching on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 held at the Gallery Cafe, Taman Ismail Marzuki Jakarta, coupled with iftar. Attending the event Arend C. Zwartjes, Assistant Cultural Atache U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Nurwahyudi Aziz, Deputy Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prof.. Dr. Masykuri Abdillah, the Presidential Advisory Council of the Republic of Indonesia and Mrs. Amalia Vandayani Hanna, President and Founder of Love Foundation cottage