Did you know that Noble Prize winner 2008, Martti Ahtisaari, President of Finland 1994-2000, seems to be also a big AoC- player as he is member of the IPS Board of Trustees,which supports AoC a LOT? No surprise to find AoC player Federico Mayor Zaragoza on the Board of Directors there. In my pigeon article I already mentioned him as friend of Solana and:
"Ahtisaari" means "the island of the ancient Nordic god of water"
not to forget AoC High Level group 'Eminent Person' Karen Armstrong
bathing among the NEW AGE crowd (see here),
while: Alliance of Civilisations chief Jorge Sampaio addresses EU's MEPs:
"Mr Sampaio described two developments required to tackle the problems he had set out.
First, there was a need to generate "a mind shift among divided communities".
Secondly, to develop "democratic governance of cultural diversity". In the European Union this implies creating a collective identity among its citizens, he believed. ".
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has lauded Europe’s commitment to the values of cross-cultural tolerance, dialogue, respect and understanding, all of which “must be pillars of the better world we are trying to build.” ...“In particular, its close relationship with its neighbours across the Mediterranean makes Europe an important bridge between civilizations.” However, Europe – like many other regions of the world – faces several challenges in promoting intercultural dialogue. “But it is precisely in your region, where constructive contacts over the centuries have allowed humanity to take major leaps forward, that opportunities for reconciliation and cooperation exist,” he said. Mr. Ban encouraged the gathering to pursue joint economic projects, educational exchanges, and other initiatives that will improve people’s lives and create “a bulwark against intolerance, religious fundamentalism and extremism.” He also pledged the assistance of the UN in these efforts, noting in particular the work carried out by the Alliance – “For the sake of countless people living between the extremes and yearning for dignity and peace, let us work together so that intercultural dialogue can bear fruit.”
and in Denmark was held a conference on Education and inter-cultural understanding, a follow-up to the "Conference on Fostering Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations through Concrete and Sustained Action," held in Rabat, Morocco, in June 2005. It aimed to further the debate with a specific focus on education. It was convened by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in partnership with UNESCO, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Council of Europe, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), the UN Alliance of Civilizations (AoC) and the Anna Lindh Foundation.
Interesting enough the money-mogul Sachs desribed just then in detail the new enemy (thanks Rudi!):
"The problem is an aggressive fundamentalism that denies modern science, and an aggressive anti-intellectualism that views experts and scientists as the enemy. It is those views that could end up getting us all killed.
What is happening in the US, for example, is not happening in Europe, but it is of course characteristic of some parts of the Middle East and Central Asia. Fundamentalism seems to emerge in times of farreaching change, when traditional social arrangements come under threat."
Jeffrey D. Sachs - Professor of Economics and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. http://www.neurope.eu/articles/90128.php
May the Lord help us all!