August 17-18-2015


Hotel Retaj Royale Istanbul, Evren Mahallesi Cami Yolu Caddesi No:1/A Güneşli-Istanbul 34212, Turkey


24 Professional Speakers

About the Symposium / what's going on there


This year, 2015, is a watershed year for the climate movement. In December governments will converge in Paris where they are expected to forge a new, international climate agreement that is robust, ambitious and comensurate with the scientific imperatives outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. We believe that their ambition has to be driven by a bigger, broader and stronger citizens’ movement.

Faith communities increasingly recognise that the climate crisis is also a moral crisis. The adverse impacts of climate change that we have witnessed so far, present a clear case for people of faith to examine the underlying moral causes of this phenomenon. It prompts faith communities to take action to halt the desecration of nature that leads to destruction of creation, human and otherwise. Furthermore this is an opportunity for faith communities to provide a vision, inspire others and lead the way in building a fairer, safer, cleaner world built on renewable energy – leading the way on a journey to an economic system that meets development goals and is also spiritually fulfilling. The Islamic faith community represents a significant section of the global population and certainly, can be influential in the discourse on climate change.


A group of top academics has been engaged in drafting an “Islamic Declaration on Climate Change” and the initial draft has been circulated widely for consultation. The symposium will be an experts’ meeting convened to seek broad unity and ownership from the Islamic community around the Declaration, and to further discuss the amplification of messages and mobilization of various actors and groups around COP 21 and in the future. In attendance will be senior international development policy makers, leaders of faith groups, academics, and other experts. This symposium shall also provide opportunities to connect with leaders from other faiths as well as secular organisations, and promote inter-faith and cross-movement cooperation around aligned and joint messages. It will moreover highlight the future role and contribution of Muslims to the climate movement, and present ample communications opportunities, the aim being to secure high level representation from the diversity of actors mentioned above.

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Symposium Schedule / dont forget it

Welcome address

Keynote Address

Message from the UNFCCC

Opening Address (by video)

Close of session

Session one- Climate Solutions and the Power of Faith (Panel Discussion)

  • Panelist 1: Saleemul Huq - Senior Fellow, International Institute of Environment & Development (IIED), London, UK
  • Panelist 2: Mohammed Adow - Co-Chair, Climate Action Network (CAN) International
  • Panelist 3: Sheikh Abdulkadir Balonde - Chair,

Session Two: Declaration Drafting Committee (Part 1- Plenary)

Presenters: Drafting Group
  • Ibrahim Ozdemir- Lecturer, Ipek University, Ankara, Turkey.
  • Azizan Baharuddin- Professor, University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • Othman Llewellyn- Environmental Planner, Saudi Arabia
  • Abdelmajid Tribak- Head, Division of Environmental Programmes, ISESCO, Morocco
  • Fachruddin Mangunjaya- Vice Chairman, Centre for Islamic

Session Four: Remarks from Muslim Faith Leaders

  • Grand Mufti of Uganda- Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje
  • Chair MUI, Indonesia- Sheikh Din Syamsuddin
  • Representative of Grand Mufti of Lebanon- Sheikh Mohammed El- Arwadi
  • Representative of Grand Mufti of Bosnia- Sheikh Razim

Symposium Partners /

Symposium Collaborators /

Symposium Speakers / Meet the speakers

Ibrahim Thiaw

Assistant UN Secretary General and deputy executive Director, UNEP

Ibrahim plays a critical role in the implementation of UNEP’s

Mohamed Ashmawey

CEO at Islamic Relief Worldwide

Dr. Mohamed Ashmawey joined Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) (more…)

Prof. Ibrahim Ozdemir

Professor of philosophy and the Founding President of Gazikent University.

Ibrahim holds a Doctorate degree in philosophy from the Middle East

Halldor Thorgeirsson

Director for Strategy, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Halldór Thorgeirsson is Director for Strategy at the UN Climate

Azizan Baharuddin

Professor at the University of Malaya, Malaysia

Professor Azizan Baharuddin of the University of Malaya graduated

Saleemul Huq

Senior Fellow, International Institute of Environment & Development (IIED), London, UK

Dr Huq is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for

Mohammed Adow

Co-Chair, Climate Action Network (CAN) International

Mohamed, a Kenyan, leads Christian Aid’s global climate policy

Fazlun Khalid

Founder, IFEES, UK

Fazlun Khalid has a worldwide reputation as an indefatigable

Othman Llewellyn

Environmental Planner at the Saudi Wildlife Authority

As an environmental planner Othman Llewellyn aspires to work

Fachruddin Mangunjaya

Vice Chairman of Center for Islamic Studies, Universitas Nasional, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Dr. Mangunjaya is a Conservationist, author of several environmental

Tahir Salie

Chair of the Board of Trustees, Islamic Relief Worldwide

He is a South African citizen who helped bring about equality

Wael Hmaidan

CEO of Climate Action Network, Lebanon

Wael has more than 16 years of experience in NGO management and

Nana Firman

Fellow at GreenFaith and Member, Green Masajid Task Group of (ISNA)

Nana Firman has been involved in developing urban community

Mohammed Kamran

Director, Department of Science & Technology, OIC

In his current role, Ambassador Mohammed Kamran Akhtar is responsible for

Abdulqahir Qamar

Director, Department of Fatwa & Sharia Rulings, IIFA

Dr. Qamar graduated with a PhD in Islamic Law and Rules

Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje

Grand Mufti of Uganda, Kampala

Razim Colic

Special Advisor to the Grand Mufti of Bosnia & Herzegovina

Razim is the Director for Foreign Affairs at the Islamic Community

John Brinkman

Cultural Historian and a Historian of Religions

Father John is a cultural historian and a historian of religions.

Martin Kopp

Climate Justice Advocacy Officer, Lutheran World Federation, Strasbourg, France

Martin follows UN climate negotiations and takes part (more…)

Yonatan Neril

Rabbi, Founder, Interfaith Centre for Sustainable Development, Jerusalem

Pandit Madhava Turumella

Vice President of the Hindu Forum of Britain

Pandit Turumella Madhava Kumara Sharma is a formally trained

Ebrahim Rasool

Founder of the World for All Foundation

Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool has just completed his term (more…)

Sarah Javaid

Executive Director, MADE in Europe, UK

Sarah Javaid is the co-founder and Executive Director of MADE,

Odeh Rashed Al-Jayoussi

Independent Consultant on Sustainability, Water and Environment

Professor Odeh was the vice president for science and research

Seyyed Hossein Nasr

University Professor of Islamic Studies, The George Washington University,

Syedis Hossein Nasr is an Iranian University Professor of Islamic studies

Din Syamsuddin

Professor, Chairman of Muhammadiyya and Chairman of the Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI)

As chairman of the largest modernist Islamic organisation (more…)

Kamran Fazil

Former Director of International Development for Islamic Help

Kamran Fazil has led the organisation's response to some of the

Symposium Location

Retaj Royale Istanbul

Evren Mah. Cami Yolu Caddesi
No:1A Gunesli
Tel: +90 212 4644000

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Hotel Information / More about the Hotel


Hotel Retaj Royale Istanbul, Evren Mah. Cami Yolu Caddesi No:1A Gunesli 34212, Bagcilar, 34212 Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 4644000
Fax: +90 212 4644001


Documents required at check in:

Credit card or cash deposit required

Government-issued photo ID required


Check In/Out Times

Check In Time:                  14:00

Check Out Time:               12:00



Breakfast is served during the following times:

Mon-Sun                             06:00 – 10:00


Hotel Facilities:

Concierge Desk

Luggage Room


Laundry and Dry Clean services

Doctor Room


Pool and Pool Terrace

Indoor Pool with humidity control systems

Fitness and SPA area

All areas and rooms are fitted with wired and wireless internet

The distance from Istanbul Ataturk Airport is 7.2km (approximately 10 minutes in a taxi)

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