Programme Overview

Increasingly, our globalised world faces the risks of fragmentation, growing intolerance, and the mainstreaming of extremist views. The themes of dialogue, mutual understanding, and respect underpin the issues that will be explored during the conference, which is built around three main plenaries and six breakout sessions. Each plenary features a panel of esteemed speakers that will explore specific issues related to Faith, Identity, and Cohesion, and how they can be brought into play for enhancing harmony within our societies. The breakout sessions will examine topical and contemporaneous issues in greater detail.

18 June 2019

Full Day

Young Leaders' Programme
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19 June 2019

Morning

Young Leaders' Programme
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5.00pm

Registration commences

6.30pm

Networking Reception

7.15pm

Opening Dinner
Opening Address

Her Excellency Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore

20 June 2019

8.30am

Registration and Networking

10.00am

Welcome Remarks

Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Executive Deputy Chairman of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Keynote Address

His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Perspectives on Cohesive Societies - Special Presentation

Special Presentation by Dr Paul Hedges and Ms Karen Armstrong OBE; FRSL, with dialogue hosted by Dr Shashi Jayakumar


This presentation will serve to establish the broad canvas for the Conference by providing perspectives on cohesive societies as well as painting the broad strokes; highlighting the significant trends, challenges, and thinking on this subject area.

12.00pm

Lunch

1.30pm

Plenary Session 1 – What We Believe (Faith)

This plenary focuses on the role of faith in inter-religious relations.

*Summary of the keynotes under this plenary is available here.

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3.15pm

Tea Break

4.00pm

Plenary 2 - Who We Are (Identity)

This plenary looks at how societies can promote shared identity and encourage empathy.

*Summary of the keynotes under this plenary is available here.

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6.30pm

Conference Dinner
21 June 2019

8.00am

Networking

8.30am

Plenary 3 - How We Come Together (Cohesion)

This plenary explores what diverse communities can do to engage each other and work together side-by-side.

*Summary of the keynotes under this plenary is available here.

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10.00am

Tea Break

10.20am

Breakout Workshops

Participate in one of the six sessions below:

  • Faith #1 – Inter-religious Dialogue and Community Building
  • Faith #2 – Faith and Technology
  • Identity #1 – Social Media and Community Discourse
  • Identity #2 – Overcoming Hate
  • Cohesion #1 – Building Bridges: Global Peacebuilding Efforts
  • Cohesion #2 – Community Initiatives towards Social Cohesion

*Summary of the keynotes under this plenary is available here.

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11.30am

Closing Remarks and Dialogue

Mr Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance of the Republic of Singapore

1.00pm

Closing Luncheon

2.30pm

Community Experience

Delegates will experience first-hand the rich heritage and vibrancy of Singapore, while exploring places of worship in the city centre and heartlands.

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Timings are subject to change.