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Abidjan - Fès (Morocco) hosted from 10 to 12 September the International Conference for Culture and Religion Dialogue to discuss peace, security and stability through the following workshops on: (1) languages and religion, (2) artists and their works, (3) key actors of corruption and peace, (4) role of the politic man and the economist, among others.

This was the initiative of the International Organization of Francophonie and the Islamic Organization for Education, Sciences and Culture with the support of the Government of Morocco. The event was under the patronage of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI.

The proceedings of the Fès Conference aimed to: the adoption of targeted recommendations by thematic workshop and by stakeholders, the production of a reference document (the report of the conference) to serve as a reference to emphasize the need for openness to diversity and difference…

The Abidjan Convention’s participation in this conference basically sought the integration of natural resource management cooperation into international relations. Recalling the need to pay particular attention to the preservation of livelihood, biodiversity and populations well-being, the Convention, represented by its communication Officer in charge of Partnership and Fundraising Dr. Diagana Abdoulaye, emphasized, on the fact that conflicts will be inevitable if the livelihood are altered and if resources are not equally shared.

As always in times of crisis, the temptation of identity loss is strong; that of the irresistible scapegoat Instead of focusing on the underlying problems, we stigmatize the figure of the Other as the cause of all evils, we use it to make it a threat. This tendency to standardization to excess generates intolerance and nourishes fundamentalist movements, including religious.

It is at a time of identity withdrawal that the interdependence of our societies is most obvious and the need for dialogue for greater tolerance and openness.

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Vanessa Ahouadjiro/Abdoulaye Diagana