We have started preparation for the 3rd World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue which will take place on May 18-19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan, says Abulfas Garayev, Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
3rd World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue
18-19 May 2015, Baku, Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan is one of the unique places where different cultures and civilizations meet at the crossroad between the East and the West, the North and the South. At the same time, being a member of both Islamic and European organizations Azerbaijan absorbs the values of both civilizations, thus enabling it to assume a role of genuine bridge.
Under patronage of H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in cooperation with UNESCO, UN Alliance of Civilizations, UN World Tourism Organization, Council of Europe, ISESCO, North-South Center of the Council of Europe 3rd WORLD FORUM ON INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE will be held on May 18-19 in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan. Opening ceremony of the Forum will be held on May 18, 2015.
The World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue has taken responsibility for delivering the global agenda on the Dialogue among Civilisations adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (November 2001), the UNESCO Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005), the Islamic Declaration on Cultural Diversity, which was adopted by ISESCO in 2004, Declaration and Action Plan of the Third Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe member states, the Council of Europe White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue (May 2008), as well as the Baku Declaration for the Promotion of Intercultural Dialogue.
The 3rd World Forum with main title "Culture and sustainable development in the post 2015 development agenda" will focus primarily on projects and programmes dedicated to the 21st of May World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development declared by the UN General Assembly, as well as the role of faith, religions, migration, sport, education, art, business in building trust and cooperation among cultures and civilizations.
Placing intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity higher on the international agenda is critical for human security and a prime responsibility of our time. World Forums organized so far have reached remarkable achievements by bringing togetherhead of governments, ministers, heads of various international organizations, senior policy makers, cultural professionals, goodwill ambassadors, experts, journalists, practitioners, prominent intellectuals and activists. The World Forums became an international platform to enable and encourage people, countries and organizations around the globe to take concrete actions to support diversity, dialogue and mutual understanding among nations by raising awareness on the importance of intercultural dialogue worldwide.
Azerbaijan hosted the 1st World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue on 7-9 April, 2011 which was declared by H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan at the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (23 September 2010, New-York). Forum addressed challenges of intercultural dialogue in its various aspects regarding conceptual frameworks, governance, policy and practice. It tackled the barriers to dialogue and faced concretely how dialogue can best be pursued in diverse contexts and provided an opportunity for sharing of good practices and the launch of new initiatives within this intercultural platform. 500 representatives from 102 countries from all continents, many international organization, NGOs, media representatives, scholars, experts and etc. participated in the Forum organized under the motto - "United Through Common Values, Enriched by Cultural Diversity".
2nd World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue was held on 29 May-01 June 2013, Baku, Azerbaijan under the motto "Living together peacefully in a diverse world". Programme implied several sessions as "How to build the world future together?", "How to build the popular support for cultural diversity?", The New Era of Globalization: Hybridity of cultures in changing world, "Supporting Intercultural Actions" encompassing side events prepared and led by partner organizations, including the celebration of "Do one thing for Diversity and Inclusion", Intercultural Innovation Award ceremony for Central Asia, Black Sea and Mediterranean regions, 1st Alumni Summit of the "Emerging Leaders", conference of "Global Network Towards a global intercultural cities learning community", the workshop "Intercultural Dialogue through History Teaching: Best Practices and Challenges", the sessions of "Tourism as a key driver of mutual understanding and tolerance among cultures", intercultural dialogue through faith and science" etc