Interfaith Dialogue “Ethics in Decision Making”

26-27 March 2014, Vienna, Austria

Organizing Chairman: H.E. Dr. Franz Vranitzky

Interfaith Dialogue Co-Chairs: The Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser, H.E. Mr. Yasuo Fukuda


18:00                         Welcome reception


              9:00                        Opening Ceremony

Welcome address by

H.E. Dr. Franz Vranitzky

Greeting by

The Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien

Greeting by

H.E. Dr. Heinz Fischer

Keynote address, “Ethics in Decision Making” by

The Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser

Words of Appreciation by

H.E. Mr. Yasuo Fukuda

              10:00                      Coffee

              11:00                      Session I: Affirmation of Common Ethics in the World’s Major Religions and Spiritual Philosophies

Chaired by: The Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser

Introducers: Dr. Stephan Schlensog, Dr. Muhammad Habash

              12:30                        Luncheon

            14:00                         Session II: Lessons from the 20th Century to the Present Time

Chaired by: H.E. Dr. Franz Vranitzky

Introducers: Prof. Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

              16:00                      Session III: Virtue of Tolerance – Challenges from Religions and Respect for Other Peoples and Nations

                                               Chaired by: H.E. Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo

                                               Introducers: Rabbi Dr. Jeremy Rosen, Dr. Arif Zamhari, Prof. Paul M. Zulehner

              19:30                        Dinner hosted by Dr. Michael Häupl,

Mayor and Governor of Vienna

Celebration of H.E. Mr. Helmut Schmidt’s 95th birthday


                  09:00                  Session IV: Jihadi and Jihadi Islam, and Western Perception

Chaired by: H.E. Mr. Andries van Agt

Introducers: Dr. Abdul Mukti, Prof. Amin Saikal

                  11:30                  Session V: Rediscovery of a Sense of Ethics and its Role in Decision Making

Chaired by: H.E. Dr. George Vassiliou

Introducers: Prof. Kirk Hanson, Dr. Mano Mettanando Laohavanich

                  13:00                  Luncheon

                     14:00                     Session VI: The Way Forward – Importance of Ethically-Based Human Wisdom in Bringing Peace and Justice to a World Heading Towards 9 Billion People

Chaired by: H.E. Mr. Yasuo Fukuda

Introducers: Prof. Tu Weiming, H.E. Archbishop Niphon of Philippopolis

                  15:30                  Coffee   

                  16:00                  Session VII: Wrap up and Vienna Declaration

Chaired by: The Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser

                  Evening             Dinner Hosted by Mr. Faisal Bin Muammar,

Secretary-General, King Abdullah International Centre for Religious and Intercultural Dialogue