Thursday, November 24, 2011

4th AoC meeting soon

"Sheikha Moza, UN chief to open Doha conference

Jorge Sampaio and Mohamed Jaham al-Kuwari at the press conference

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser will open the fourth UNAOC Forum for intercultural dialogue among people to be held in Doha from December 11-13, Jorge Sampaio, former president of Portugal and high representative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations has said.
Sampaio was speaking at a press conference at Qatar embassy in Paris on Wednesday.
He also added that many international figures will participate in the upcoming event. The conference, which is about intercultural dialogue among people, will also see the participation of American economist Jeffrey Sachs who will be speaking at some point in the activities.
The Ambassador of Qatar, Mohamed Jaham Abdul Aziz al-Kuwari underscored Qatar’s commitment, as a key partner to international dialogue, to work for the “values of tolerance and co-operation around the world”, especially in the context of Arab Spring.
He pointed out that the fourth edition of the forum will be “unique in its focus on youth, the role of civil society and the importance of dialogue between culture and religion”.
The upcoming forum will be just as unique in its strong emphasis on HH Sheikha Moza’s commitment “to the role of women in intercultural dialogue among people,” he said.
Commenting on the event, Sampaio said it will be a forum of four “Ds”: “dialogue, dignity, democracy and development”, stressing that its ultimate goal is to make diversity the fourth pillar of development and a top priority for the political agenda. He also highlighted the will of the organising and participating states to reach strong and tangible commitments, citing the will “to reform the way we teach history” in order to “further improve mutual understanding through education” and underscoring “mutual historical ignorance” still rampant among people and nations.
The Doha Forum will be a “Forum of results” with strong “commitments which all participants will meet”, he added. At a time when dialogue among people determines global geopolitical stability as well as the development of a number of countries, the fourth Forum, which will see the participation of civil society for the first time, will be according to Sampaio a “turning point” and “major point of renewal” over the five years since the launch of the Alliance of Civilizations.
This edition will include new partners and take onboard new challenges, notably diplomatic, democratic and geopolitical challenges as pre-requisites for development...

Sampaio pointed out that over 2,500 people from 130 countries are expected to attend the forum, including heads of state, foreign ministers, NGOs, civil society representatives, foundations, media and corporations representatives.
Sampaio said that the 2013 forum will be held in Austria...."

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