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8:30 Registration (Church Center for the United Nations, 777 UN. Plaza, 2nd floor)
9:30-11:00  Opening (Room “9”, floor B1, United Nations Secretariat Building)

Introductory remarks by Conference Organisers: Dr. Mohammed Mohammed Ali (Senior
Representative, Al-Hakim Foundation),
Dr. William F. Vendley (Secretary General, Religions for Peace)
& Dr. Mustapha Tlili (Director, New York University Center for Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S. The
Welcome remarks by representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations
Welcome remarks by H.E. Ambassador Feisal al-Istrabadi, Deputy Permanent Representative of
Iraq to the United Nations
Remarks by Sayyed Mohammed Hussain Saeed al-Hakim (Najaf, Iraq)  
Remarks by Sayyed Amar Abdel Aziz al-Hakim (Najaf)
11:00-12:15  First Session: “Rebuilding National Consensus” (Room “9,” floor B1, United Nations
Secretariat Building)

Moderator: Dr. Mohammed Mohammed Ali

Sheikh Khalid al-Mullah, Chair, Sunni Islamic Scholars Movement (Basra, Iraq)
Mr. Robert Dreyfuss, journalist
Dr. Paul A. Wee, Elliot School of International Affairs, Washington, DC
Dr. Akira Endo, First Secretary, Political Affairs, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations,
New York
General Discussion

12:30 Press Briefing (United Nations Correspondents Association Press Club Room, Third Floor,
United Nations)
12:30 Luncheon (Church Center, 2nd floor)
14:00-17:00 Second Session: “Rebuilding and Security”Church Center, 2nd floor)

Moderator: Dr. Mustapha Tlili


Dr. Abdel Razak Isa, El-Kufa University (Iraq)
Dr. Hal W. French, Professor Emeritus of Religion, University of South Carolina (U.S.A.)
Dr. Muqtedar Khan, University of Delaware & Brookings Institution
Sheikh Mahmoud Jarad al-Isawi, Imam of Abdulqadir al-Jilani Mosque in Baghdad
General Discussion

Coffee/tea break


9:00-12:30 Third Session: “Challenges to Multi-Cultural Society and Education” (Church Center,
2nd floor)

Moderator: Dr. William F. Vendley


Sayyed Mohammed Rida al-Musawi al-Ghurayfi, Islamic scholar, in charge of shrine of Imam Ali
Sheikh Majid al-Hafid, Sunni scholar from Suleimaniya (Kurdistan, Iraq)
Dr. Abdel Settar al-Araji, Dean, El-Tusi University (Najaf)
Rev. Douglas Hostetter, Director, United Nations Liaison Office, Mennonite Central Committee
Prof. Thomas Hill, Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethno-Political Conflicts, University of
Dr. Chibli Mallat, Visiting Professor, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs,
Princeton University
General Discussion

12:30-14:00 Luncheon (Church Center, 2nd floor)
14:00 Press Conference (Church Center, room to be announced)
14:30-17:30  Fourth Session: “Civil Society and the Role of NGOs” (Church Center, 2nd floor)

Moderator: Dr. Charles Graves, Secretary General, Interfaith International (London/Geneva)

Sayyed Hassan Bahr al-Aloum, Islamic scholar, Theological Institute (Najaf)
Dr. Abdel Settar al-Araji, Dean, El-Tusi University (Najaf)
Ms. Majidah al-Khalidy, Director, Women’s Department, Al-Hakim Foundation (Najaf)
Dr. Haider Karim, Coordinator, Religions for Peace–Iraq
Ms. Rend al-Rahim, Iraq Desk, United States Institute of Peace, Washington D.C.
Dr. Michele Fedoroff, Deputy Chief, NGO Section, Department of Social and Economic Affairs,
United Nations
General Discussion
Coffee/tea break

Conclusions & Closing
Press Opportunity (Religious leaders and organizers available for interviews at the Church Center)