Members of the Chinese community in Aceh deliver food packages to needy Muslims during this year's Ramadan. Two Indonesians prominent for their work on deradicalization have been invited to participate in an international conference on social cohesion and interfaith harmony in Singapore on June 19-21. (Antara Photo/Irwansyah Putra).

Two Indonesians Invited to Speak at International Conference on Cohesive Societies in Singapore

BY : TELLY NATHALIA

JUNE 09, 2019

Jakarta. Two Indonesians prominent for their work on deradicalization have been invited to participate in an international conference on social cohesion and interfaith harmony in Singapore on June 19-21, the organizer said in a statement.

Noor Huda Ismail, founder of the Institute for International Peace Building, and Dicky Sofjan of the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, will address the International Conference on Cohesive Societies, where Jordan's King Abdullah II is expected to deliver the keynote address.

The Jakarta Globe has also been invited to the event, which will provide about 700 delegates from various countries with opportunities to build bridges, explore practical solutions and drive collective action through open dialogue.

The event, organized by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and supported by the city-state's Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, will take place at the Raffles City Convention Centre.

Speakers will address issues related to faith, identity and cohesion in three plenary sessions and six breakout sessions, the organizer said. Participants will discuss ways to mitigate global challenges to social cohesion through interaction between religion and technology, and the rehabilitation and reintegration of radicalized individuals.

Other speakers will include Karen Armstrong, a bestselling British author on comparative religion; Azza Karam, senior advisor on social and cultural development at the United Nations Population Fund; Christian Picciolini, a former violent extremist turned peace activist; John Thomas Alderdice, a former speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly; and Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Singaporean President Halimah Yacob will open the event on June 19.

"To resolve conflicts that come to the fore along religious or ethnic lines, and to prevent them in the first place, constructive interactions with those who are different from us are integral so that communities can cultivate a common space, where people can live peacefully alongside one another," said Paul Hedges, associate professor in interreligious studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, as quoted in the statement.

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