Singapore is hosting an international conference in June 2019 to discuss the strengthening of cohesive societies and interfaith harmony.
First mooted by President Halimah Yacob in May 2018, the conference will bring together international thought leaders across academia, government, religious groups, and civil society.
Titled the International Conference on Cohesive Societies, it is organised by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY).
The conference includes a track for youth leaders in the form of a Young Leaders’ Programme. It offers the next generation of leadership a platform to address social challenges, and find like-minded collaborators.
“The ICCS will be a platform to facilitate mutual learning among our communities internationally. The purpose of the Conference is clear – to address the challenges to social harmony and ensure that we continue to strengthen the cohesion within our societies. We live in a world increasingly fraught with conflict and danger. The social fabric of many communities is stressed by extremism, exclusivism and polarisation. It is therefore important for us to grow trust across communities. This will always be a work in progress, so it is an effort we must constantly invest in.”
Madam Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore
“Building social cohesion is a shared responsibility, and all of us must do our part. Dialogue is especially important for us to learn from the experiences of others and strengthen ties between communities. With deeper mutual understanding, we can work side-by-side towards a shared harmonious, peaceful, and better future. This is a continual effort – through the conference, we hope to learn how others bridged social divides, even as we share Singapore’s experience.”
Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Singapore
About the Organiser - S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) is a think tank and professional graduate school of international affairs at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. An autonomous school, RSIS’ mission is to be a leading research and graduate teaching institution in strategic and international affairs in the Asia Pacific.