Religious Engagement and Intercultural Dialogue

This work wants to contribute to the policy debate on the international religious freedom agenda and, in particular, on the preconditions for FoRB by focussing on how to engage religious actors in foreign policy and how to strengthen intercultural dialogue in a post-Western world. From this perspective, the dialogue between public authorities and religious communities, as well as the dialogue among cultural and religious communities, is an important and overlooked way to advance FoRB. Expanding on the implementation of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 on combating intolerance, it suggests that the simultaneous promotion of FoRB on the one hand and intercultural and inter-religious dialogue on the other can represent a consensual and effective platform to combat intolerance, discrimination, and violence based on religion or belief and to build in the long term a more peaceful socio-political environment.