Seminar “Intercultural dialogue in Norway – Beyond the hijab debate?”


What does “new dialogue” mean in a Norwegian context? What characterizes the debates on cultural diversity in the
Norwegian media? Are there themes and points of view that don’t make it through? Who are active in the dialogue,
on which arenas and on whose conditions? How can we renew our approach to intercultural dialogue in order to get
meaningful exchanges of opinion? And how do we get away from the “hijab debate”?
The Norwegian UNESCO‐commission invites to a seminar to mark that 2010 is the UN’s international year for
rapprochement of cultures. UNESCO has established a High Panel on Peace and Dialogue with Kjell Magne Bondevik,
among others. The commission has invited Bondevik to reflect on the work of the High Panel and arranges for a
debate with important civil society actors after his introduction.
UNESCO’s work for rapprochement between cultures is aimed at discovering if new approaches to intercultural
dialogue can contribute to peace in a global perspective. With this seminar we wish to learn more about the work
done internationally and then bring the international work down to street level with a panel debate and questions
from the audience.

Niveau d’intervention géographique

  • International
  • National


  • Construire un cadre de valeurs communes
  • Promouvoir une connaissance mutuelle de la diversité culturelle, ethnique, linguistique, religieuse

Nom de l’organisation / Entité responsable principale

Norwegian Commission for UNESCO

13/10/2010 - 13/10/2010