Kristiansand, Norway – The 3rd annual conference and leadership retreat of the Muslim European Empowerment Programme (MEET) will take place from May 3rd to 6th, 2024. This significant event, which builds on last year’s interfaith conference at the University of Agder, aims to promote intra-faith and interfaith dialogue, enhance the capacities of key stakeholders, and address challenges facing Muslims in Europe. It also celebrates the achievements and contributions of the Muslim community to European society.

MEET 2024 will host over 30 leaders from 15 EU states, along with an expected 1,000 participants from Kristiansand, the Nordic countries, and other EU regions. This year, the event proudly partners with The International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB) to enrich the Kristiansand Interfaith Dialogue.

The conference agenda spans four days, each dedicated to critical themes:

Day 1 – May 3rd:

  • Israel and Palestine Conflict: Discussions on the challenges ahead.
  • Leadership Development in Dialogue Dynamics: Strategies for fostering effective communication and leadership.

Day 2 – May 4th:

  • Dividing Lines Between Freedom of Speech and Hate Speech: Exploring the balance and tensions between these fundamental rights.

Day 3 – May 5th:

  • Women and Youth: Focusing on local leadership engagement and development.

Day 4 – May 6th:

  • Council of Europe Conference – Democracy and EU Challenges and Opportunities 2024/5: Addressing the broader context of European democracy and the challenges and opportunities it faces.

MEET 2024 is an essential platform for combating Islamophobia and reinforcing democratic values across Europe. By fostering dialogue and collaboration among diverse stakeholders, the conference aims to promote a collective effort towards positive change and mutual understanding.

For more information, visit MEET 2024’s official website.