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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 259

Posts Tagged ‘civilizations’

UN Alliance of Civilizations Fellows Arrive from Mideast

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 settembre 2011

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New York, Twelve young leaders from the Middle East are arriving in New York City on Saturday, in the context of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, hoping to create new alliances, gain knowledge, and understanding of the US and Europe. Given the importance of the day, their visit is especially timely, as the world seeks to find ways to forge lasting peace amongst nations, cultures and societies. In a context of commemorations, the UNAOC, which works together with its partners to promote understanding among peoples and cultures, is taking concrete action to bring emerging leaders together to build trust and understanding. The fellows will be part of a two-week program organized under the auspices of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) with the funding support of the British Council and in partnership with the League of Arab States, ISESCO, the Institute of International Education and the Qatar Committee for the Alliance of Civilizations. The Fellowship Programme is the first and only young professional’s exchange program between the Arab world, Europe, and the US and through monetary and in-kind support from Arab, European, and North American sources. As a young professionals’ exchange initiative, the Fellowship Program is singular in this regard. The trip will include stops in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Paris, Brussels and London. In the US and Europe, the fellows will meet with a wide-variety of groups and individuals, including local community leaders, NGOs, journalists, policy makers and prominent US institutions.
The goal of the fellowship is to enhance mutual knowledge and understanding between peoples and societies from Muslim-majority countries, mainly from the Arab World, and from Europe and North America and creates an opportunity for emerging leaders from these societies to get acquainted with the diverse realities and cultural, political and religious environments of the others. As part of the fellowship, later in the fall, twelve fellows from the US and Europe will travel to North Africa and the Middle East : Morocco, Egypt and Qatar on a similar tour, meeting with government, civil society and other groups involved in this issue. About the program:

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Condemn President Ahmadinejad’s Remarks

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 settembre 2010

At a meeting of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon condemned in no uncertain terms remarks made yesterday by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad implying a US Government role in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States “I strongly condemn the comments made the day before yesterday by a leader of a delegation that called into question the cause of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on US soil,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. High Representative to the UN Alliance of Civilizations and former Portuguese President, Jorge Sampaio, echoed the Secretary-General’s view on President Ahmedinejad’s comment in his subsequent remarks.
About the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations The UNAOC mobilizes concerted action toward reaffirming a paradigm of mutual respect among peoples of different cultural and religious backgrounds. It aims to bridge the world’s divides and to build trust and understanding across cultures and communities worldwide.  Established in 2005 as a UN initiative, the Alliance emerged out of a conviction that, in order to achieve sustainable peace, long-standing divisions between cultures need to be addressed

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The Alliance of Civilizations Forum 2010

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 aprile 2010

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 27-29 May 2010 under the theme “Bridging Cultures, building Peace” The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations will convene its third annual Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from May 27-29, 2010, under the theme “Bridging Cultures, Building Peace”. Over 2,000 participants, including political and corporate leaders, civil society activists, youth groups, faith communities, research centers, foundations and journalists, will come together to agree on joint actions to improve relations across cultures, combat prejudice and build lasting peace.
Among the attendees to the forum are President Lula da Silva of Brazil, Prime Minister Zapatero of Spain, Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President Sampaio, High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations. This year’s forum will take place in Rio de Janeiro, a diverse city built on years of cultural exchanges, which will provide the perfect backdrop for efforts to address the complex challenges diverse societies face today.More than ever, our world is shaped by intense interaction among diverse cultural, religious and linguistic communities. This growing diversity is a source of enrichment and opportunity, but can also lead to tensions, misunderstanding and hostility. Building peaceful relations among diverse cultures has become one of the most important and challenging tasks faced by modern societies. Questions discussed over the course of the three-day forum include: •    What kind of actions do we need to combat intolerance and prejudice? •    What tools do children and young people need to navigate an increasingly complex and multicultural world? •    What is the impact of globalization on people’s sense of belonging and identity? •    How do economic inequalities impact on relations among diverse communities? •    How can the media help bridge cross-cultural divides and change perceptions of the other? •    How can we create inclusive societies, founded on the respect for human rights and diversity? The Rio Forum will be an inclusive platform, bringing together the knowledge, experience and energy of a wide range of partners, all committed to rethink the way in which we deal with tensions across cultures and to agree on concrete, practical initiatives to promote trust and understanding

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