The American human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) concluded its participation in an international conference from October 24 to October 26, 2015 entitled “Challenges of a Shared World” at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The conference was hosted and organized by the Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain Cultural Foundation and in partnership with the Middle East Center, St. Anthony’s of Oxford University and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). The 15th Annual conference engaged the 300 distinguished invitees in a dialogue of civilizations in a context of a world undergoing major changes and challenges at all levels- political, economic, social and technological. The panel discussions addressed four major issues facing the world: Refugees and International Organizations; Environment and Human Development; New Media and Social Networks; the Challenges of Youth and The Urban Challenge.
“This conference gave AHRC the opportunity to advance its mission. We should all be proud that AHRC is now known globally as a fighter of human rights” said professor Michael Thomas, AHRC Executive Board member.
AHRC board Members professor Michael Thomas, Attorney William “Isaac” Robinson and Imad Hamad, AHRC Founder & Executive Director, joined this prestigious conference and took part of such constructive and open discussions related to today’s global challenges. The conference reflected the spirit of commitment to dialogue and change.
“The conference inspired international cooperation in taking on the challenges of our shared world. As we prepare to welcome refugees to the USA, fight for clean air and water, address unemployment and defend public education here in the United States, it is encouraging to tackle these challenges standing with a network of advocates across the world who share a commitment to promoting our common humanity,” said Attorney Isaac Robinson, AHRC Board member.
AHRC extends its appreciation to the Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain Cultural Foundation for the invitation and AHRC looks forward to continue its work and cooperation with all like- minded institutions in serving our common humanity. Al Babtain Cultural Foundation, through the vision, commitment and leadership of its team and especially its founder H.E. Mr. Abdulaziz Al Batain, has been dedicated to advancing the dialogue of civilizations. The Foundation is a leading and prominent voice of cultural awareness and building bridges of understandings at the international level. To learn more about the foundation, please visit their website: http://www.albabtainprize.org/Default.aspx?pageId=36
“Dialogue, empathy and understanding is what the world needs in dealing with complicated problems that affect all human beings on our planet. We as advocates of human rights are all part of the same team involved in creative solutions to serious challenges. The alliance of civilizations is what the world needs amidst tremendous challenges facing all of us,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. “H.E. Mr. Al Babtain’s Cultural Foundation is applauded and commended for taking the lead building bridges of understanding and bringing like- minded people to discuss timely issues for a better understanding and for offering creative solutions,” continued Hamad.