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Proceedings of the International Congress of Dialogue on Civilizations, Religions and Cultures in West Africa, held at Abuja (Nigeria), 15-17 December 2003.
Paris, France, UNESCO, 2005.  p. (CLT-2005/WS/2)This is the third in the series of meetings organised by UNESCO within the context of its programme of civilisation, dialogue, religion and culture. This is the West Africa meeting. It is the first meeting in the series. But it is certainly not going to be the last. UNESCO's role in this mission is not just to design something afresh, but to simply capitalise on a movement, which, I am sure you all agree, has been on the way for quite some time. Religious leaders and religions have become respected elements in civil society. If you look at Latin America, and certainly across Africa, you will find that religious movements are forging ahead. Young men and women are being called to engage in community work. They are being called to engage in a different type of political enterprise. In fact, religious movements in Latin America, and certainly in Africa, are going against the trends in the rest of the world, particularly in the First World, where people are actually moving away from organised religion. We wish to capitalise on these movements and recruit the leadership acumen for a new set of issues to increase democratisation, and certainly to build peace. (excerpt)