The closing ceremony of the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions began with the announcement of the Final Declaration.

Summing up the results of the two-day largescale gathering, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev noted that during these days the Kazakh land was at the spotlight of a constructive dialogue between different cultures. Influential leaders of the clergy from all over the world gathered here under one roof.

Moreover, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, on behalf of the people of Kazakhstan and on his own behalf once again expressed his sincere gratitude to Pope Francis for his historic visit to our country and participation in the work of the Congress.


The Kazakh leader noted that VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions has taken place at unique and highly consequential global moment. In his opinion, amid an increasingly turbulent geopolitical post-pandemic world, it becomes more crucial to develop new approaches to strengthening inter-civilizational dialogue and trust at the global level. The President believes that today’s forum has made a significant contribution to this vital ongoing work.

In addition, the Head of State noted that one of the most important topics of discussion was overcoming inequalities of all kinds since they are a source of national upheaval and global crises. Special emphasis was placed on digital and gender issues, the importance of education, and the role of religion in eliminating social divides.

In his speech, President Tokayev called it urgent to search for ways to strike a balance between economic growth and spiritual and moral progress.