MEET 2024 Conference Held in Kristiansand

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The Muslim European Empowerment Programme (MEET) is an important initiative to promote intra-faith and interfaith dialogue, raising capacity and capabilities of key stakeholders to address the challenges facing Muslims in Europe and to celebrate the achievements and contributions being made to European life.

MEET 2024 held its 3rd annual conference and leadership retreat from the 3-6th May 2024. The conference has evolved from last year’s interfaith conference held on the 3rd of May 2023 at the University of Agder. The group of partners and collaborators that created the previous conferences, have now evolved into a larger pool of partners that wish to create a yearly Interfaith dialogue and leadership development programme in Kristians and during the European Democracy Week initiative.

The MEET conference was especially happy to bring ‘The Internation a Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief’ (IPPFoRB) in as partner in The Kristiansand Interfaith Dialogue this year. This year, over 30 leaders from 15 EU states joined an expected 1000 people from Kristiansand, Nordics as well as other EU states.

The Theme for the retreat/conference was as follows:
Day 1 – 3rd May – Israel and Palestine conflict, the challenges ahead Leadership development in Dialogue Dynamics
Day 2 – 4th May – Dividing lines between freedom of speech and hate speech
Day 3 – 5th May – Women and Youth Local leadership engagement and development
Day 4 – 6th May – Council of Europe Conference – Democracy and EU Challenges and opportunity 2024/5

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