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Event Description

Important Updates:

  • Please note that the date of the Conference has been changed to Wednesday, October 1, 2014. We discovered that some religious groups observe Friday as a holiday, and because of that, we want to give everybody the opportunity to participate in the Conference by doing it on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.


  • The registration fee for the 2014 ICERM International Conference has been reduced in order to accommodate everybody. We want to give you the opportunity to participate in this conference. You can now register at a reduced fee. Please also note that the seating capacity for this event is limited. Seats are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Buy your ticket now to reserve a seat.


The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation is pleased to announce its




Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding


Venue:            136 East 39th Street

           Between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue

           New York, NY 10016, USA

Date:             Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Time:             9am – 5pm 

Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook

3rd Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom for the United States of America.



The Advantages of Ethnic & Religious Identity in Conflict Mediation and Peacebuilding


 “Peace has a chance when despite history, despite politics, despite ethnicity or faith, and despite hardship, people learn to tap into their own cultural ethos of cooperation.” – Dr. Dianna Wuagneux


We recognize this to be a crucial moment in history, a time to step up and ensure that our children and grandchildren do not have to suffer through the horrors of war or genocide in all of their guises. It falls to all of us to open the doors to dialogue, to come to truly know one another, and to accept that in so doing, we can take the first tentative steps toward a world that can work for everyone.


And so we begin by working from where we are by revealing the assets available to us. The religious and ethnic differences long blamed for hatred and intolerance are taken out into the light where the advantages that they offer, the connections between us that they make apparent and the opportunities for healthy relations they support are affirmed. Our strength and promise are based on this foundation.


We appreciate the burden of the schedule that your responsibilities maintain, yet hope that you will be able to join us and bring your invaluable insights to this event.


Conference Synopsis



The 21st century continues to experience waves of ethnic and religious violence making it one of the most devastating threats to peace, political stabilization, economic growth and security in our world. These conflicts have killed and maimed tens of thousands and displaced hundreds of thousands, planting the seed for even greater violence in the future.


For our First Annual International Conference, we have chosen the theme: The Advantages of Ethnic & Religious Identity in Conflict Mediation and Peacebuilding. Too often, differences in ethnicity and faith traditions are seen as a drawback to the peace process. It is time to turn these assumptions around and rediscover the benefits that these differences offer. It is our contention that societies made up of an amalgamation of ethnicities and faith traditions offer largely unexplored assets to the policy makers, donor & humanitarian agencies, and mediation practitioners working to assist them.



Policymakers and donor agencies have fallen into the habit, especially during the last several decades, to look at ethnically and religiously diverse populations, especially when they occur in failed states or nations in transition, as being at a disadvantage. Too often, it is assumed that social conflict naturally occurs, or is exacerbated by these differences, without looking more deeply at these relationships.


This conference is, therefore, aimed at introducing a positive look at ethnic and religious groups and their roles in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Papers for presentation at this conference and the publication thereafter will support a shift from the focus on ethnic and religious differences and their disadvantages, to finding and utilizing the commonalities and advantages of culturally diverse populations. The goal is to help one another discover and make the most of what these populations have to offer in terms of mitigating conflict, advancing peace, and strengthening economies for the betterment of all.


Specific Goal:


It is the purpose of this conference to help us get to know one another and see our connections & commonalities in a way that has not been made available in the past; to inspire new thinking, stimulate ideas, inquiry, and dialogue & share anecdotal and empirical accounts, which will introduce and support evidence of the numerous advantages that multi-ethnic & multi-faith populations offer to facilitate peace and advance social/economic well-being.


Speakers and Presenters:

International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding


Letters of Invitation


If requested, the ICERM Office will provide a letter of invitation if doing so will help participants gain permission from their professional bodies, procure travel funds, or obtain a visa. Consulates and embassies often need a lot of time to process a visa request; therefore we suggest participants request a letter of invitation at the earliest convenience. To request a letter of invitation, e-mail the ICERM at conference@icermediation.org. Please include the full name, postal, and e-mail address of each individual requesting a letter of invitation. Be sure to also include the organization, agency, embassy or consulate to which the letter should be addressed.  Letters of invitation will be e-mailed to the requesting individual, NOT to the embassy or consulate. Please allow up to five (5) business days for processing your request.


Certificates of Attendance


Certificates of attendance will be available for all pre-registered attendees.

Cancellation Policy

ICERM reserves the right to cancel any event due to lack of enrollment or other factors. In the event of a cancellation, registered participants will be notified by e-mail in advance.


Cancellation Fees


All registration cancellations by participants must be received in writing and all refunds will be paid after the conclusion of the conference. Registration cancellations received prior to Monday, September 1, 2014 will be charged an administration fee of $15.00. Cancellations received after this date will not be eligible for a refund. Cancellation notices should be directed to the ICERM Office by email: conference@icermediation.org.

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About the organizer

International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation
The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM) is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt public charity, nonprofit and non-governmental organization headquartered in New York, United States. ICERM’s mission is to develop alternative methods of preventing, resolving, and educating people about inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts in countries around the world. Working with the State of New York residents and diaspora associations, national governments, judiciary, schools, community leaders, religious groups, peace advocates, media, local, regional and international organizations, etc., we foster a culture of peace among ethnic and religious groups through research, education and training, expert consultation, dialogue and mediation, and rapid response projects. We are committed to creating a new world characterized by peace, irrespective of cultural, ethnic and religious differences. We strongly believe that the use of mediation in preventing and resolving ethnic and religious conflicts in countries around the world is the key to creating sustainable peace.


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