Today many people are afraid of Islam. And many people are afraid of other peoples and cultures, too. This fear must not be ignored. But it cannot be overcome without dialogue. We are here to give that dialogue substance and to move ahead. To quote Mr Jagland in an address to the Parliamentary Assembly on 24 January 2011:
“All great projects in history combine vision with pragmatism. Believing in something even very enthusiastically is not enough; it is what we do that makes the difference between great ideas and great illusions.”
Our NGOs are already doing innovative work: we must publicise it and keep up the struggle!" was his conclusion message.