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Chairman of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Bahrain Visits the Faith Pavilion at COP28 and Commends the Efforts of the Muslim Council of Elders in Enhancing the Role of Religious Leaders in Addressing Global Challenges

His Excellency Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in the Kingdom of Bahrain and member of the Muslim Council of Elders, visited the Faith Pavilion at COP28 and was welcomed by the Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders, Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam. His Excellency Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Khalifa conducted a comprehensive tour of the pavilion, familiarizing himself with its various initiatives and activities organized by the Muslim Council of Elders in collaboration with the COP28 Presidency, the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence in the United Arab Emirates, and the United Nations Environment Programme.

Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Khalifa commended the relentless efforts of the Muslim Council of Elders under the leadership of His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar. He also acknowledged the council’s significant role in amplifying the influence of religious leaders and symbols in addressing global challenges. He noted that the Faith Pavilion serves as a tangible manifestation of the ‘The Call of Conscience: Abu Dhabi Statement on Climate Action for COP28’, the historic document which was signed by His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb and Pope Francis, symbolizing the commitment of the world’s most prominent religious figures to continue collaborative efforts towards a better future for humanity.

Expressing gratitude to the United Arab Emirates for hosting the Faith Pavilion at COP28, Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Khalifa extended his appreciation to the Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders, Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam, for his instrumental role in organizing the pavilion. He emphasized that the pavilion represents a global platform for religious participation and dialogue on environmental issues. The overarching goal is to generate ambitious and effective visions and actions for achieving environmental justice.

The Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders welcomed the visit of the Chairman of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in the Kingdom of Bahrain while expressing his appreciation for Bahrain’s consistent efforts, spearheaded by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, in promoting dialogue between religions, fostering peaceful coexistence, and serving the causes of Islam and Muslims. He also commended the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in the Kingdom of Bahrain for championing values of dialogue, tolerance, and human fraternity and underscored the pivotal role played by the King Hamad Center for Peaceful Coexistence in enhancing dialogue and coexistence among followers of different religions. He also highlighted the historical significance of organizing the Faith Pavilion at COP28, bringing together religious leaders and symbols from various faiths to discuss common solutions for addressing the climate crisis.

The Muslim Council of Elders is organizing the Faith Pavilion at COP28 in collaboration with the COP28 Presidency, the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence in the UAE, and the United Nations Environment Programme. Held from December 1 to 12 at Expo City Dubai, the pavilion will feature representatives of nine religions participating in around 70 dialogue sessions with over 300 speakers from around the world.

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