07 February 2021

TRENDS Research and Advisory will hold a remote discussion next Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 07:00 pm UAE time under the title: “Towards a Global System to Enhance Human Fraternity”, which can be watched live on TRENDS’ official channels on social media, including YouTube and Twitter, in both Arabic and English.

The organization of this panel by TRENDS stems from its awareness of the importance of research and study centers in promoting a culture of tolerance, coexistence and human fraternity, which is the most important foundation for achieving international peace and security. In line with this view, TRENDS plans to announce the “Network of International Research Centers in Support of Human Fraternity” initiative, on the sidelines of the panel discussion, as a step toward supporting international efforts to establish a “global organization for human fraternity” that encompasses all religions in the world.

The panel discussion will shed light on global efforts and initiatives aimed at promoting human fraternity as a way to confront the currents of intolerance, extremism and discrimination in the world, as well as clarifying the importance of the Human Fraternity Document signed in Abu Dhabi on February 4, 2019 in strengthening a culture of tolerance and coexistence. This document formed the basis for the acceptance by the United Nations of the joint initiative submitted by the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, to declare February 4th of each year the ‘International Day of Human Fraternity’.

The panel discussion will include the following topics: (1) Human fraternity: The concept, foundations and premises; (2) Human fraternity as a gateway to strengthening international peace and security; (3) Mechanisms for enhancing a culture of human fraternity globally; (4) The Human Fraternity Document: A reading into its importance and content; and (5) A global system to promote human fraternity: Challenges and opportunities.

A group of researchers and religious leaders from around the world will participate in the panel, most notably Dr. Mohamed Bechari of the French National Federation of Muslims; Russell Robinson, CEO of the Jewish National Fund, USA; Yahya Sergio Yahe Pallavicini, Vice President of the Italian Islamic Religious Society; and Gilles-Emmanuel Jacquet, analyst at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Switzerland.