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September 3, 2007
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Dialogue: A priority for UNESCO


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Encouraging the cultures of the world to dialogue with each other; recognizing the equal dignity of all peoples; building a common foundation of binding values while respecting the diversity of beliefs. In short, reflecting on "unity in diversity" sums up the commitment prompting UNESCO and its partners to pave the way to peace and international security.
News and Events
  • Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture 2007 - Paris, France
    01 - 29 09 2007  A call for candidatures is launched for this sixth edition of the Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture rewarding the development and diffusion of Arab culture. 
  • Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage - Tokyo, Japan
    03 - 07 09 2007  Coming in the wake of the previous conferences held in Algiers, Algeria and Chengdu, China in November 2006 and May 2007 respectively, this second session in Japan is particularly crucial for the implementation of the 2003 Convention. 
  • Educating Tour Guides and Site Managers in the Greater Mekong Sub-region - Liang, China
    03 - 08 09 2007  Thirty trainees from both private and public tourism sectors attend the training-the-trainers workshop for the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS). 
  • The Archaeological Site of AI-Hijr - Paris, France
    03 - 14 09 2007  This photographic exhibition, comprising 28 large-scale photographs, will showcase the richness of this Saudi Arabian site, which is inscribed on the Tentative List of World Heritage sites.
  • 800th Anniversary of the Birth of Mawlana Jalal-ud-Din Balkhi-Rumi - Paris, France
    06 09 2007   A day of commemoration is organized at UNESCO on 6 September 2007 to celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the birth of Mawlana Jalal-ud-Din Balkhi-Rumi, one of the greatest poets, philosophers and scholars of the Islamic civilization. 
  • “Cyrano” with Jacques Weber - Paris, France
    07 09 2007   The Association Europe proposes this year a condensed form (one hour and a half) of the well-known play ‘Cyrano’ based on the famous work by Edmond Rostand and starring Jacques Weber, Anne Suarez and Xavier Thiam.
  • SEAL of Excellence for Handicrafts in the Asia-Pacific Region - Paris, France
    07 - 11 09 2007  An exhibition of selected works awarded the UNESCO SEAL of Excellence for Handicrafts 2005-2006 for the Asia-Pacific Region is held at the “Maison & Objet” International Fair.
  • Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation Remembrance in the Bahamas (1807 - 2007) - Nassau, The Bahamas
    09 - 15 09 2007  As part of the commemoration ot the Bicentenary Abolition of the Slave Trade in the Bahamas, two major initiatives are held on the subject: a conference dealing with current research and resources and a workshop to develop a children-centered programme in Caribbean museums.
  • Promotion and Dissemination of the Intangible Heritage of Ibero-American countries - Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
    09 - 16 09 2007  More than 200 participants from Ibero-American countries take part in this 7th encounter devoted to “Inter-Ethnic and Cultural Relations”.
  • Revision of Uganda’s Tentative List - Kumi district, Uganda
    11 - 12 09 2007 A national meeting is convened to discuss a national mechanism for revising the country’s Tentative List, and to begin selecting possible cultural and natural sites for future nomination to the World Heritage List. 
  • Seal of Excellence 2007 for Handicrafts in Asia - Islamabad, Pakistan and Beijing, China
    12 - 18 09 2007  Two International panels of experts judge handicrafts submissions from East, South-East, South and Central Asia. Products meeting the highest level of quality in six criteria (excellence, authenticity, innovation, eco-friendliness, marketability and social responsibility) are certified with the "Seal of Excellence" and distinguished as a benchmark for craft production.
  • Copyright as a Tool for Music Industry Development - Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania
    13 - 14 09 2007  This workshop is organized within the framework of UNESCO’s Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity, which seeks to promote copyright protection and the fight against piracy. The workshop targets musicians, producers and other professionals involved with the broadcast media. 
  • Enhancing the Architectural and Urban Modernity of the 20th Century: Brasilia, Chandigarh, Le Havre, Tel Aviv - Le Havre, France
    13 - 14 09 2007  Considered as a big moment in urban civilisation, three of these four cities have been listed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites, Chandigarh being a candidate for listing. How to balance the protection and enhancement of the most prestigious buildings with the requirements of urban life remains today an open question.
  • Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue for Peace and Sustainable Development - Moscow, Russian Federation
    13 - 16 09 2007  Organized within the framework of the UNESCO flagship activity “Promotion of Interfaith Dialogue”, this international conference is a follow-up to the interdisciplinary international congress “Pluralism and Recognition” held in Paris and Moscow from 22 to 24 June 2006.
  • Follow-up to the Periodic Reporting for World Heritage in Central and Eastern Europe - Wroclaw, Poland
    14 - 15 09 2007  The main objective of this meeting is to address the implementation of the Action Plan in Central and Eastern Europe as approved by the World Heritage Committee at its 30th session in July 2006.
  • Strengthening Copyright and Related Rights Enforcement in East Africa - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    17 - 20 09 2007  The Anti-piracy Training for Trainers (APTT) Project consists of an advanced training workshop for approximately 25 participants, including magistrates and customs officials, from Burundi, Kenya, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles and Uganda. It is intended to serve as a model for further training courses as it can be adapted to the needs of each particular national regulatory and judicial framework.
  • 2007 Universal Forum of Cultures in Monterrey - Monterrey, Mexico
    20 09 - 08 12 2007  The Forum is a global event that takes place every four years in a different city, and seeks to reunite citizens from a wide range of cultures, languages, religions to foster intercultural dialogue and promote global civil society empowerment. 
  • Virtual Heritage and Culture at VSMM 2007 Conference - Brisbane, Australia
    23 - 26 09 2007  As the first major international conference to focus on the application of 3D digital technologies for the protection and valorization of cultural heritage, VSMM (Virtual Systems and Multimedia) pioneered the field of Virtual Heritage over a decade ago.
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