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20 - 21 June 2006 African Regional Conference on the Dialogue among Civilisations, Cultures and Peoples  Abuja, Nigeria Jointly organised by UNESCO and the Federal Government of Nigeria and co-hosted by the Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, President of Nigeria and Mr Koïchiro Matsuura,  Director-General of UNESCO who will also participate in this conference.
The special focus of the conference will be on the potential of education and science to foster dialogue, better understanding and mutual knowledge of each other. More >>>

1-2 June 2006 Communication of Heritage: A New Vision of South East Europe Opatija, Croatia,  The aim of this Summit-level conference is to enable experts to look closely at elements of cultural corridors – the cultural and natural sites themselves. The central theme of the discussion will be to explore potentials for enhanced cooperation within South East Europe in order to promote a common European heritage. Special emphasis will be placed on the consolidation of knowledge of existing activities and initiatives so as to achieve greater regional cooperation and a synergy and coordination of existing projects and initiatives – whether they are projects developed by UNESCO, the Council of Europe or European Union or projects specifically initiated in or for this region.  More >>>

14-16 June 2005 Conference on Fostering Dialogue among
Cultures and Civilizations
through Concrete and Sustained Action
Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco Concrete and sustained activities – so as to make the dialogue among cultures and civilizations a reality of our daily life – should be designed and implemented in all regions by the widest range of partners and stakeholders possible, thus buttressing peace within and among the nations. The challenge is to build on the already numerous declarations, reports and initiatives for the Dialogue among cultures and civilizations, strengthening these initiatives, making them sustainable and translating them into concrete and specific measures that can realistically be implemented within a given time-line. More >>>


6 to 8 May 2005
Dialogue among Civilizations: Islam and the West Laval University, Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada Held under the auspices of UNESCO and Laval University with the participation of the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. The Fourth International GEPANC Conference (Political Studies on Contemporary North Africa) will be held at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada from May 6-8, 2005, on the topic of dialogue between civilisations and especially on the relationship between Islam and the West. With the attacks of September 11th in the United States, the task of building a universal theory of dialogue between civilisations and of identifying the objective social factors of justice and peace worldwide has never been more urgent.  More >>>

20-22 December 2004 Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on "Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations for Peace and Sustainable Development"  Hanoi, Viet Nam

This regional conference, jointly organized by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and UNESCO, takes its departure in the International Ministerial Conference held in New Delhi from 9-10 July 2003 and related Executive Board and General Conference decisions and resolutions, the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference seeks to provide a forum for direct and open dialogue among institutions and individuals dedicated to dialogue among cultures and civilizations to discuss orientations, strategies and measures for political action at different levels and cross-cutting sectors. The relevance for the Asia-Pacific region of UNESCO's intensified dialogue agenda and related new perspectives will be at the core of the event. Participants will be requested to highlight exemplary approaches and innovative strategies for promoting the dialogue among cultures and civilizations, especially those relating to education and culture. Ideas and recommendations for consolidating, advancing and networking the regional joint approaches will also be identified with a view to adopting a final policy-oriented conclusion for future action in this domain.
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9-10 December 2004 Regional Summit on Inter-religious and Inter-ethnic Dialogue Tirana, Albania

This Regional Summit, co-sponsored and co-organized by UNESCO and the Albanian authorities, will focus on the contribution of religion and multi-ethnicity to the dialogue among civilizations and cultures. It will seek to examine and assess how religion and multi-ethnicity can be put constructively to work through dialogue in the areas of UNESCO's expertise - education, culture, the sciences and communication and information - as an important contribution to the stability and progress of the Balkans. Participants expected to attend include: high-levels representatives as well as scholars, experts and members from civil society.
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4-6 October 2004 Second International Conference on Turkic Civilization: "The Role and Place of the Turkic Civilization amongst World Civilizations" Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Organized by the "Manas" Kyrgyz-Turkish University, in collaboration with the National Commission of the Krygyz Republic for UNESCO, this congress will gather prominent scholars to analyze studies in the field of Turkic civilization and to outline goals for the future..  Themes of the Congress include: Sources of Turkic Civilization; Development of Turkic civilization during the Islamic period; and The process of Renaissance of Turkic civilization in modern period.
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6-8 September 2004 “New Ignorances, New Literacies –
Learning to Live Together in a Globalizing World”
Barcelona, Spain

“Ignorance of each other’s ways and lives has been a common cause, throughout the history of mankind, of that suspicion and mistrust between the peoples of the world through which their differences have all too often broken into war.” 
UNESCO Constitution (1945)
Organized by UNESCO as part of the “Universal Forum of Cultures – Barcelona 2004”, the three-day conference aims to identify ways of countering “new ignorances” by developing “new literacies” – namely, the knowledge, values and competencies necessary to meet these challenges.
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10-11 June 2004 High Level Conference
Eurasia in the 21st Century - Dialogue of Cultures or Conflict of Civilizations?
Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan

Held under the joint auspices of the President of Kyrgyzstan, Askar Akayev, and the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, the event will specifically focus on the topics of shared values, cultural diversity and heritage, as well as water and sustainable development. Drawing on the regional and interregional specificities and their future potential, while bearing in mind the impact of overall global developments, the High-Level Conference will seek to strengthen and sustain cooperation between Central Asian and neighbouring countries. The overall aim is to open up new avenues for a policy dialogue and draw lessons from past experiences, while pursuing concrete and practical action in various fields addressed by this dialogue.
A number of eminent personalities and experts have been invited, drawing on national and international policy-making and academic and scientific expertise as well as religious and spiritual leaders.
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10 -11 February 2004 Colloquium
on the
Dialogue among Civilizations and Cultures
Sana’a – Republic of Yemen

Organized by the Center for Yemeni Studies and Research In cooperation with The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  The Colloquium on the Dialogue among Civilizations and Cultures will offer an opportunity to promote the creation of a regional space based on tolerance and dialogue, and it will solicit new recommendations on future pathways to dialogue and understanding at the regional and sub-regional levels. The colloquium will also provide an occasion to evaluate the coherence and complementarities between the regional and sub-regional methods of approach aimed at dialogue among communities, cultures, and civilizations.
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17 - 19 January 2004 Euro Mediterranean Forum for Science, Development & Peace: The 'Clash of Civilizations' will not take place UNESCO HQ, Paris, France

          Under the High Patronage of the President of France, H.E. Mr Jacques Chirac, the Patronage of H.E. Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO and the sponsorship of H.E. Mr. Dominique de Villepin, French Foreign Minister, the Forum Euro Méditerranée Science, développement & paix, organization will hold an international conference entitled "The Clash of Civilizations will not take place.
          This Forum will gather prominent international figures, including political leaders, economists, scientists, sociologists, intellectuals and diplomats from around the globe, who will redefine the foundations of a new constructive dialogue between the peoples of the Mediterranean region.
          Its purpose is to attract the attention of and elicit a response from a broad audience comprising international figures in the scientific community and the worlds of business, culture and politics, scholars, students corporate leaders as well as all others interested in the future of civilizations.
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15-17 December 2003 International Congress on Dialogue of Civilization, Religion and Cultures in West Africa Abuja, Nigeria

Organised with the objective of rooting dialogue, in its diverse forms in Africa, the Congress was successful at  raising the awareness of the urgent need to address issues of reconstruction and reconciliation through pro-active attitudes in the handling of potential conflict situations rather than reacting to the as they occur, thereby encouraging sustainable development and mutual respect among the populations.
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17-21 November 2003 International Conference on Intercultural Dialogue and a Culture of Peace in Central Africa and the Great Lakes Region Libreville, Gabon

UNESCO, in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Gabon, the Francophonie, Omar Bongo University and the International Centre for the Study of Bantu Civilization, organised this International Conference that brought together over 100 political leaders, traditional Chiefs, authors, intellectuals, academics and students from 24 countries including those in Central Africa and the Great Lakes Region, as well as certain others, including France, Canada and Switzerland throughout the 2-day event.
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9-11 November 2003 International Experts' Symposium on "A Culture of Innovation and the Building of Knowledge Societies" Moscow, Russian Federation

This international experts' symposium was organised jointly by UNESCO and the Institute of Strategic Innovations. It brought together several participants from throughout the Russian Federation, the international intellectual and decision-making community, and included several high-level guest speakers.
The "culture of innovation" can be described briefly as a series of complex and interrelated economic and governance changes underway in various countries aimed at ensuring systematic and reinforced competitiveness in a global economic environment.
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29 & 30 August  2003 Regional Forum on Dialogue among Civilizations Ohrid, FYR of Macedonia

The conference is held under the auspice of UNESCO and the Government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Conference will focus on peace and stability, democracy and civil society and cultural diversity, and is a welcome opportunity to strengthen and sustain cooperation in South-East Europe. The famous, international Struga Poetry Festival will also be opened by the Director-General of UNESCO on this occasion.
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30 & 31 July 2003 Globalization with a Human Face -- Benefiting All Tokyo, Japan

This International Conference, organized by UNESCO and the United Nations University, will will bring together leading experts on globalization to discuss the challenges we face in making globalization work for the benefit of all humankind. It will take stock of the achievements made in understanding the multiple linkages between the economic and political driving forces of globalization and socio-cultural development. And it will evaluate the effectiveness of political action taken to balance the negative with the positive effects of globalization on people’s lives. This assessment will serve as a basis to identify areas and means for improving the policy response on part of governmental and civil society actors on the international, regional, national and local levels to the challenges of globalization.
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9 & 10 July 2003 International Ministerial Conference on the Dialogue among Civilizations
"Quest for New Perspectives"
New Delhi, India

The Conference is conceived to become a major contribution to defining global interaction of the 21st century through the lenses of intercultural dialogue and mutual interaction between cultures and civilizations. It focuses on issues at the heart of UNESCO‘s mandate: 1) education as an instrument of dialogue; 2) science and technology (incl. IT) as the new frontiers for global unity and connectivity; 3) preservation of cultural diversities and spiritual values in an era of globalization.
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