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First World Sikh Summit to be held in London next week
On Monday 17 September 2007, the Sikh Federation (UK) and affiliated organisations are holding the first World Sikh Summit in London. The event is being supported by Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, and will be held at the Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA, between 10am-2pm. Registration and refreshments for the event will be from 9.30am with a light buffet lunch served at 12 noon.
The purpose of the Summit is to raise awareness on the range of challenges faced by Sikhs, share best practice on how the challenges are or could be addressed, and agree a common strategy and an action plan for the future.
As one of the most diverse cities in the world and home to a significant Sikh community, it is fitting that London is to host the first in a series of such Summits to be held in major cities around the world, as agreed at an international meeting of Sikh delegates held in Switzerland on 25 March 2007.
The London Summit aims to start the process of bringing together leading Sikh organisations across the globe that are working towards protecting and achieving greater rights for Sikhs. Other venues nominated for future summits include Vancouver, Brussels, San Francisco, Paris, Amritsar, Geneva and Delhi.
The Sikh Federation (UK) is a non-governmental organisation set up in September 2003 and strives to influence decision makers on issues of concern to Sikhs in the UK, Europe and elsewhere. The Federation has around 75 branches throughout the UK and over 180 affiliated member organisations including Gurdwaras, and groups working with young people, women and older people.
There will be a preliminary meeting relating to the Summit on Saturday 15 September between 2-6pm in Wolverhampton (Main Hall at the Compton Park conference facility). The internationally renowned National Sikh Convention concluding on Sunday 16 September at Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Sedgley Street, Wolverhampton is expected to once again attract in excess of 10,000 Sikhs. Your participation in the Summit, along with the associated events would be most appreciated.
Please complete and send the enclosed fax-back form to Laura Beswick on 020 7983 4890, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 September 2007 to confirm your attendance. Each organisation is permitted three delegates so an early response would be recommended. We look forward to seeing you on 17 September.
For further information regarding this event, please contact Dabinderjit Singh on 07919166163, or by e-mail at email@example.com
Bhai Amrik Singh
Chair Sikh Federation (UK)
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