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Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Youth Work (Symposium Report) (2008)

Author(s) : Silvia Volpi

ISBN 978-92-871-6389-9

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Intercultural dialogue is one of the key missions of the Council of Europe, along with fostering democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Young people are crucial actors in that process as the main stakeholders of societies who are freer from the prejudice, discrimination and segregation that have characterized most of Europe for the past decades.

The Symposium “Intercultural and interreligious dialogue in youth work practice” was held in Istanbul from 27 to 31 March 2007. It focused on the problems young people across Europe face in relation to cultural and religious diversity. The participants exchanged good practice in youth work and agreed on a Declaration that sets out the main purpose and objectives in intercultural interreligious from a youth perspective.

The event was part of the 'All Different - All Equal' European youth campaign for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation, run by the Directorate of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe in 2006 and 2007. The campaign aimed to encourage and enable young people to participate in building peaceful societies, based on diversity, human rights and inclusion, in a spirit of respect, tolerance and mutual understanding.

The Symposium was organised with the support of the European Commission and in cooperation with the Office of the Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic - Directorate General of Youth and Sports. The Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation and the Turkish National Campaign Committee were also co-partners.

In addition to the Istanbul Youth Declaration and the conclusions of the rapporteur, this report also gives an account of the issues raised by speakers and the various working groups of the Symposium.




Istanbul Youth Declaration

Conclusions by the General Rapporteur


  • Opening Statements
  • The Programme of the Symposium
  • Turkey and Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue: From Indifferent Tolerance to Critical Engagement
  • Is Europe Ready for Multiculturalism?
  • Working Groups on Common Issues, Expectations and Challenges
  • Human Rights and Religion: Frameworks for Dialogue
  • The Council of Europe's White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue
  • The European Year for Intercultural Dialogue
  • Best Practices in Youth Policies
  • Institutional Responses to Challenges Posed by Religious and Cultural Diversity
  • Tool-Kit on Interreligious Dialogue
  • Conclusions of the Thematic Working Groups
  • Closing Speeches

1. The Programme
2. The List of Participants