Soliya President Lucas Welch has been invited to be a speaker at the “Intercultural and Interreligious Youth Exchanges” session at The UN Alliance of Civilizations Forum. The Forum is being hosted by the Government of Spain in Madrid on January 15th and 16th 2008. It will bring together political leaders, representatives from governments and international organizations, and members of civil society and the business world to explore the most effective means of dealing with the growing polarization between nations and cultures.
Each semester, in the final weeks of the program, Soliya students write joint-editorials with their counterparts from other regions. Over the fall 2007 semester several articles have been distributed via the Common Ground News Service and republished in international papers. Please find below a selection of articles which you can read.
The headlines today are bleak: The war in Iraq ravages on. There is little sign of progress for Palestinians & Israelis looking for peace. And the threat of terrorist attacks seems to be far from receding.
Soliya connects hundreds of youth across the globe. In the spring of 2007, Soliya conducted another Connect Program with two hundred and fifty-five students from universities in the Middle East, North Africa, the US, and Europe. The program was led by Soliya Executive Director and co-founder, Liza Chambers, a global network of highly trained and highly skilled volunteer facilitators, and our extraordinary team of dedicated and talented Soliya staffers including Salma El Beblawi, Katja Riikonen Gabriel Koehler-Derrick, Merva Faddoul, Rahima Bensaid, Reem Marto, & Nahid