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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

Forum in India on “Unity in Diversity”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 6 febbraio 2011

The first United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) themed-forum in South Asia will take place in Kerala, India, from February 6-8, 2011.  Organized by the Global Dialogue Foundation (GDF) in collaboration with SAGE, PeaceWorks and PNCA, the forum will take place in the city of Thiruvananthapuram around the theme Unity in Diversity: Bridging Cultures, Building Peace and Development. The forum will shed light on new ways for improving understanding and collaboration among people, cultures and communities. It will offer innovative platforms for governments, civil society organizations, and community leaders to discuss and begin breaking the walls of intolerance in different societies.
Kerala was chosen to host this event, as “it is the most religiously diverse state in India. Religious diversity has been a defining trait of India’s population” explains Hon. Vice Chairperson of Global Dialogue Foundation Maya Shahani. The Forum, which will be inaugurated by Honorable Chief Minister of the Government of Kerala Sri. V.S. Achuthanandan, will focus on a number of issues, including the role of religion and beliefs in promoting peace and development. The roundtable discussions at the forum will lead to an action plan of concrete and practical steps that can be taken to bridge cultural gaps. The opening session of the forum will feature an interfaith celebration in honor of the World Interfaith Harmony Week, which will be observed for the first time between February 1 and 7, 2011. The forum will also provide a platform for youth and the young leaders of tomorrow to express their views. Youth Ambassadors chosen from the popular Youth Essay Competition will present their work and share their thoughts on shaping perceptions and challenging stereotypes.
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is an initiative of the UN Secretary-General which aims to improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions.  It also helps to counter the forces that fuel polarization and extremism. The UNAOC was established in 2005, at the initiative of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the United Nations and under the leadership of Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal, as High Representative for the UNAOC.

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