CIDT at the Business for Peace Conference in Cairo

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Tue, 2018-11-13
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Group photo in the conference


The annual meeting of the United Nations Global Compact took place this year on September 7 and 8 at the historic Mena House hotel in Cairo, Egypt. This event was organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform which had its focus on highlighting Egypt’s sustainable business goals for the year 2030.

The Global Compact Network in Egypt reported that “about 300 leaders from the private sector, civil society, Governments and the United Nations came together to explore innovative approaches to, and opportunities for collaboration in, sustaining peace.”


The Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Translation (CIDT) is a member of the Global Compact Network in Egypt and Cornelis Hulsman, CEO of CIDT, was asked to provide a presentation about “Muslim-Christian Understanding in Egypt; challenges and opportunities”. It was indeed unique that a non-Egyptian had been asked by an Egyptian business network to speak about this subject, which demonstrates the great respect Hulsman has obtained in Egyptian society since he first arrived in 1976. Hulsman thus illustrates the complexity of Egyptian society.



This is not denying that terrorist attacks, such as those recently committed against Christian pilgrims in Minya, do not happen or that there are no problems in Egypt. Rather, he is asking for greater understanding when considering the wider contextual factors of Egypt, which is key to understanding the immense complexities of such a multidimensional society, so as to contribute to peace and harmonious relations between people of different convictions.

For his lecture please click here.


UN Global Compact was established in 2000 by then UN Secretary Kofi A. Annan to “encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation”. Members agree to align their strategies and operations with the ten universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. They further encourage businesses to engage in social goals such as CIDT supporting the Center for Arab-West Understanding and its learning center for unprivileged children.


Dr. Ahmed Kamaly [Aḥmad Kamālī], Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform, highlighted the importance of cooperation between the government, private sector, enterprises, domestic NGOs, and international NGOs. He added that it is not only Business for Peace but also Peace for Business, since without peace businesses cannot flourish.

Cornelis Hulsman receiving a certificate of appreciation from Mohammed el-Fouly [Muḥammad al-Fūlī], head of the GC network in Egypt, for his participation


The B4P annual event was supported by reputable partners, sponsors, and organizers.  This included Global Compact Network Egypt, UN Global Compact, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), Peacebuilding, UNICEF, UNIC, Global Consolidated Contractors (GCC), EFG Hermes, MBC, Egypt Today, Business Today and Galipette advertising. Hulsman was also able to make a host of new connections for CIDT, including Mr. Laurence Deboeck, head of IOM, because of the work done for the CAWU Learning Center.



Cairo, November 13, 2018


Kent Blaeser,

Database editor at CIDT