Lasting solutions to the critical challenges of our time call for both the skills and experience of politicians and the global vision provided by religious leaders. How can parliamentarians and leaders of faith-based organizations, transcending national, religious and political affiliations, cooperate to develop comprehensive strategies for peace and development? Panelists will offer their perspectives on the complementary roles of political and religious leaders and propose policies and action steps to address specific challenges affecting Europe and the Middle East.

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Mr. Peter Haider, President of UPF Austria, moderated the second session.
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Dr. Elmar Kuhn, Dean, Class of World Religions, European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
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H.E. Fatmir Sejdiu, President of Kosovo (2006 – 2010).
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Hon. Angela Guerra, Member of Parliament, Portugal.
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Left to right: H.E. Fatmir Sejdiu, Hon. Dr. Mohamad Habash and Dr. Elmar Kuhn.
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Hon. Dr. Mohamad Habash, Islamic Scholar, former Member of Parliament, Syria
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The audience in session 2.
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The panel in session 2 with Dr Otsuka (Left). Second from the right is Hon. Andrey Svintsov, Member of the State Duma, Russia.
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