Rather than viewing diversity as a threat and civilisations as always in clash, the Centre embraces that the view that diversity is an opportunity, richness, and an integral component for growth, in order to create a peaceful world. Diversity needs to be accepted, but at the same time one should not vindicate such a view as that the Moslem world and the West would be always in a perpetual conflict. The Centre firmly believes that there is a strong correlation between a community’s commitment to promoting tolerance, the degree to which equality between citizens is legally guaranteed, and the community’s stability and ability to achieve peace. When we use the term tolerance, we are specifically referring to the legal rights of different religious, racial, and ethnic groups to practice their particular beliefs and ways of life, without being confronted by other groups aiming to limit or change their practices and freedom of choice within the norms of law. Interfaith practices allow the opportunity to combine the efforts of those who believe in promoting human dignity, tolerance, peace and justice in order to defeat malicious and unjust behavior and attitudes.
The Centre for Dialogue and Cooperation among Civilisations (CDCC) utilizes research, dialogue, public education and practical initiatives to promote values of dialogue and cooperation among (and within) civilisations. The Centre will act as a mechanism to mediate the divide that is being perpetuated by mutual fears and misunderstandings. The Centre will constitute initiatives for building and broadening dialogue and cooperation and mutual respect between religions and civilisations, giving the highest priority to addressing the urgent problems of misunderstanding and violence through the provision of comprehensive, objective, and accurate studies of the problems involved. Efforts to bridge the gap among societies, nations and world civilisations are likely to fail without participation, dialogue and cooperation of international community. Therefore, to develop and implement programs geared towards developing the concepts of dialogue and cooperation for peace building by using the interfaith perspective of human dignity, equality, justice and freedom are direly needed. These programs will tackle contemporary issues of civilisations related to society, economy, politics, education, science, technology, art and culture, philosophy and religion. Main issues that will be of the Centre’s foci are: democracy, interfaith harmony, peace education, women’s rights, children and youth rights, environmental protection, poverty elimination, public health, and peace journalism.