Global Imams Alliance is an international movement, active in 45 countries and formally incorporated in India. Each national body is independent but may affiliate to Initiatives of Global Imams Alliance. Its s a voluntary association of independent national legal bodies of Imams all over the world. It was founded in January 2020, under the Presidency of Dr. Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, who is the President of All India Organizationn of Imams of Mosques.
Initiatives of Global Imams Alliance is headquartered in New Delhi, India and governed under the laws of India.
Members of Global Imams Alliance International subscribe to the fundamental principles of GIA as summarized in the Preamble to the Articles of Association.
Membership is open to all Initiatives of Change national chapters and to individuals or other entities in countries where there is no formal legal body. The following are currently Associate Members: Saudi Arabia, Australia, Afghanistan, Austria, Guyana, Cameroon, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire, Tunisia, Morocco, Denmark, Algeria, Mali, Senegal, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Brunei, UAE, Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Bahrain, Tanzania, Bangladesh, United Kingdom, United States.
GIA International has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and Participatory Status at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. It stresses the importance of personal responsibility of the Imams, ethical leadership and building trust between various communities across the world’s divides.
Global Imam Alliance International represents the universality and multi-faith character of the movement and facilitates its relationships with the United Nations and other international institutions and organizations through its International initiative office.
GIA is an active participant in Conference of International NGOs of the Council of Europe, and helped draft the Imams contribution to the Council of Europe’s Multifaith Intercultural Dialogue.