International Conference on Cohesive Societies to discuss issues surrounding faith, identity and cohesion

SINGAPORE – In May last year, President Halimah Yacob put forward the idea of a unique interfaith forum with the status and prestige of the Shangri-La Dialogue, and a mission to promote understanding between different communities.

President Halimah Yacob at the International Conference on Cohesive Societies on June 19, 2019.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

The event aims to be a platform for conversations on strengthening interfaith understanding and developing new ideas to foster greater harmony in societies.

The conference is attended by around 1,000 delegates from close to 40 countries. They include academics, government officials and members of religious and civil society groups, who will discuss broader issues surrounding faith, identity, and cohesion.

Participants will also take part in workshops to discuss topics such as overcoming hate, faith and technology, and global peace-building efforts.

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President Halimah Yacob meeting young people working to address challenges of social cohesion in their communities.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG



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