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undertaken within Member States of UNESCO and/or by National Commissions
for the promotion of a Dialogue among Civilizations
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Photographic Exhibition of 70 black and white photos presenting country life in the Maramures, a region of northern Romania.
International Meeting entitled: "The role of youth in the construction of democracy", 6-13 May 2001, Manresa (Spain)
Special Studies: During the 2000-2001 scholastic year, three second-year classes worked on the theme of identity. The results included: "the story of our parents" for the first group, "our ancestors' recipes" for the second group and "our natural heritage" for the third.
An ASPNet meeting was held on 3 May 201 to present to the National Commission the objectives and role of this international network for which Andorra is not yet a member.
Co-operation and financial support: International Symposium "L'Image de I'Autre" (Byblos, Lebanon, 29-30 March), organized by the Austrian Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (Vienna).
Co-operation in the project X-CHANGE, Austria - Iran. University student exchange project, initiated by two architects from Iran and Austria lecturing at the University of Techniques and Engineering (Vienna), carried out both at the universities of Vienna and Teheran on the occasion of the International Year in order to promote the dialogue among cultures and civilisations through joint ventures in the field of architecture.
Co-operation in the project "Africa meets Austria" (2-4 April 2001): On the initiative of the
According to the decision of the Cultural Committee of Experts of the Austrian Commission for UNESCO, special attention shall be given in the future to projects dealing with African culture and co-operation with the African community in Austria with the aim to build up synergies and enhance mutual understanding and peace.
Co-operation and financial support: International Conference on Dialogue among Civilisations, Vilnius, Lithuania, 23-26 April, 2001.
Co-operation in a multimedia student university project in the field of architecture (June 2001) on the occasion of the International Year, initiated and organised by the Persian architect Reza Helforoush (lecturing at the University of Techniques and Engineering, Vienna), carried out both in Vienna and Teheran (exhibitions, internet exchange).
Co-operation in a School Peace Festival (22 June 2001) on the occasion of the International Year 2001 organised by an Austrian ASP school (Vienna), involving students, teachers, parents and community members.
International School Seminar entitled "Neighbours - Strangers - Friends", organised in cooperation with the UNESCO Association Vienna involving participants (ASP-schools and other schools) from neighbour countries, such as Slovenia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary (autumn 2001).
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Dialogues with China, Autumn 2001
Initiated by the Quebec office of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, this activity includes a number of events:
- the official launch of "Dialogues with China";
- Dialogues with China for business people;
- Dialogues with China for the general public these events will be sources of an economic, commercial, touristic, cultural and artistic nature. In particular, events will include animated stands, a cultural evening and a mini film festival organized jointly by Ciné-Asie and the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University (Montreal).
- Dialogues with China on the sciences;
- Dialogues with China in primary and secondary schools and universities. Mainly, these events include revolving workshops in secondary schools on various subjects connected to the Chinese culture; conferences in the CÉGEPS, and a university-level conference at the East Asia Studies in collaboration with the Asie-Québec Consortium.
A number of parallel events in relation with the Chinese culture will occur within the framework of the celebrations of the United Nations Year for Dialogue among Civilizations, notably, the " Québec Xi'An Changchun Economic Forum" (3-5 December 2001) and an exhibition entitled "Eternal Xi'An" (from 5th December 2001 to 2nd September 2002).
For more information concerning the Dialogues with China programme, please visit the following address: www.cyberport.uqam.ca
among Civilizations, Routes of Dialogue
(from 1st November 2001 to 28th February 2002)
Initiated by the City of Montreal (Quebec, Canada), this activity, under the patronage of UNESCO, includes a number of multidisciplinary events which combine exhibitions, dance, theatre, music, poetry, conferences, colloquia and round tables. It will provide to Montrealers and visitors alike a unique opportunity for privileged meetings and an invitation to reflect on the dynamics of the interactions between cultures. This invitation towards a better understanding of the memory and processes of influence which have marked the civilizations of the world will clarify the role of exchanges and borrowings in the development of civilizations. The projects, inscribed within the framework of the Routes of Dialogue project, emphasize the concept of convergence between cultures by the discovery of a common inheritance and shared values.
The activities, of a strongly intercultural dimension, are conceived as a process of opening up towards others. Placed at the confluence of dialogues nourished by multiple influences, they favour the encounter with Otherness in a spirit of openness, tolerance, peace and friendship. Gathered around sets of themes connected to UNESCO’s Silk Roads and Slave Route projects, these activities reveal the richness of crossbreedings at the dawn of the XXIst century as well as their importance in our own cultural development. The Roads of Dialogue, (five in total), around which artists developed their projects, weave links between the Cultures from all four corners of the world – the East and the West, North and the South – across all borders and barriers be they linguistic, racial or religious.
and Declaration of Indigenous Civilizations. Towards Postcolonial Standards
(22-24 November 2001, Saskatoon, SK)
Initiated by the Native Law Centre of Canada and Indian and Northern Education Programme at the University of Saskatchewan for the celebrations of the United Nations Year for the Dialogue among Civilizations, the project aims to bring up to fourteen Indigenous scholars, Elders, educators and Indigenous language experts and invited guests from Canada, USA, New Zealand, and other countries (where feasible) with the aim of examining the UN resolution on the Dialogue among Civilisations and creating an Indigenous declaration concerning postcolonial standards of civilisations. It will explore the dilemmas within the intellectual traditions of Indigenous civilisations and the dilemmas inherent in cultural racism and colonialism. It will seriously consider the empowerment of Indigenous peoples as the highest priority for the Decade of Indigenous Peoples and the UN Year of Dialogue among Civilizations.
Specifically, the project is designed : (1) to move beyond the concept of reciprocal knowledge to the concept that dialogical interactions between peoples and civilizations as a necessary precondition for production change and celebration of difference and diversity; (2) to allow Indigenous scholars and invited guests to reflect on the meaning and standards of civilisation and culture within the Indigenous languages and traditions and share their understanding with other civilisations; (3) to allow Indigenous participants to sit together in Indigenous traditions of exchange and a Bohmian theory of dialogue to discuss the processes and way that Indigenous peoples should participate in and engage in the UN Year of Dialogue among Civilisations.
(For further informations, please visit www.usask.ca/nativelaw/. ).
Contact with the National Commissions at regional and especially at the sub-regional level to fortify the work of the National Commissions and Associates Schools.
The MAB Committee organized a conference at the Latin American level to coordinate actions for the conservation of the natural surroundings. The activity was entitled: "Fertile Mother Our Earth”.
The Education Committee made on-going activities for the rescue and promotion of traditional native (indigenous) languages.
Diverse Working Committees prepared projects for the benefit of immigrant communities in Costa Rica.
The Costa Rican Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO cooperated and helped strengthen the Festival of Nations that is celebrated annually on the occasion of the Anniversary of the United Nations.
During the year two exchanges with Japanese students have been made at the Commission’s headquarters. Costa Rican students were able to exchange with Japanese students to draw common conclusions between each.
Young people from middle schools, associated with UNESCO, were present at the Fraternity Meeting held in France between 12 - 17 June.
The Commission continues with the Slave Route project. Currently the Commission is working on a publication under the direction of Dra. Rina Cáceres.
4 – 5 May: 2nd Annual National Day of the International Law Society of the Jurists’ Union of Cuba. Conference entitled "International Law in the Third Millennium”.
16 – 18 May: International Seminar on "Ethics, Culture, International Law and the United Nations", organised by the “Jose Martí” Cultural Society and the Cuban United Nations Association.
11 June: Ambassador Ibra Dequene Ka, President of the UN Committee, presented a lecture on the “Exercise of Inalienable Rights of the people of Palestine", Amphitheatre of the “Raul Roa García” Higher Institute of International Relations
11 – 16 June: Latin America and the Caribbean United Nations Regional Seminar on the Situation in Palestine.
16 – 22 September: 2nd Seminar/ Workshop on "International Humanitarian Law in the Third Millennium" and 2nd International Course of International Humanitarian Law, Headquarters of the International Press Centre, City of Havana.
Education for Peace Workshop. Conference
on “Education and Race”, Headquarters of the Cuban Movement for Peace.
HERITAGE IN YOUNG HANDS - INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
6-12 FEBRUARY 2002
An International Conference entitled "World Heritage in Young Hands- Dialogue amongst Civilizations", was held in Aswan and Cairo, Egypt from 6 to 12 February 2002. Organized by the Egyptian National Commission for UNESCO in close collaboration with UNESCO headquarters, the meeting brought together some 80 heritage and education experts from 20 countries. The main outcome of the conference was the commitment of participating countries to enhance World Heritage Education in their own countries and to develop guidelines for educational multimedia packages on World Heritage sites. Follow-up activities on World Heritage Education will be the development of the Intercultural Dialogue routes project on three themes: the Silk Road, the Mediterranean Basin and Trans-Ocean routes.
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A working group of experts from ministries and civil society elaborated a strategy for the implementation of the UN-year in Germany. The German Commission for UNESCO co-ordinates the implementation. The main focus lies on a selection of intercultural projects that take place in Germany during the year 2001. More than 70 selected projects represent by now the different fields of cultural activities which in Germany work for the dialogue among civilizations on very different organizational levels. Our aim is to use the UN-initiative in order to increase public attention for this substantial work which is done a great number of highly motivated professionals and volunteers, as well as to establish a forum for all those that work in the field of intercultural project activities.
A symposium in January 26 to 28 in Iserlohn (Germany) brought together more than 40 national NGOs in order to present them to each other and to have them exchange their experiences.
28 June 2001, a UNESCO-Forum in Berlin to be dedicated to the Dialogue among Civilizations in Germany. Members of the Committee for Culture and the Media of the German Parliament will discuss the matter with representatives from Civil Society.
A special issue of the quarterly review of the German Commission for UNESCO, "UNESCO heute", to be dedicated to the Dialogue among Civilizations. To include a presentation of the more than 70 projects that have been declared "Contribution to the UN-Year 2001" and texts from politicians and personalities concerning the Dialogue among Civilizations.
Global Dimension of Cultural Policy
Closing Event of the United Nations Year for Dialogue among Civilizations, 2001
Organized by the German Commission for UNESCO, Bonn, and the House of World Cultures, Berlin, in co-operation with Goethe-Institute Inter Nationes and the Council for Cultural Policies (Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft)
Venue: House of World Cultures, Berlin
Languages: English / German (with simultaneous translation)
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In co-operation with a private sponsor to develop an internet-platform for the dialogue among civilizations.
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The Israel National Commission for UNESCO has sponsored the following programs during 2000-01 as part of the Dialogue among Civilization Program:
Multicultural Education for Peace - Beit-Berl Teacher College (2/01)
Civic Education - How do Israelis cope with the current conflict? - David Yellin Teacher College (9/01)
Establishment of UNESCO Chair: Tolerance, Understanding and Non-Violence studies - Bar-Ilan University (2000/01)
Assimilation of “Living Together” Curriculum in Arab and Jewish Schools (2000/01)
Student - Youth Exchange Israel-Poland
An Expert Seminar – the Role of Scientists - Science for Peace (12/01)
A Cultural Diversity Conference organized by the Kibbutz Movement (4/01)
A tour of the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Orchestra Cyprus /Greece/Israel (2001)
A Poetry Dialogue between Cultures (Helicon (3/01)
An International Exhibition of the Museum on Seam – co-existence
A Post Doc. program for 14 fellows in Science and Engineering at Israel Universities (2000/1)
Capacity Building through UNESCO-Mashav - Foreign Ministry (2000/01)
Women Empowerment in the Community - Givat Habiba, Arab-Jewish Center (2001)
Publications (translation to Hebrew)
UNESCO “Principles of Tolerance”
J. Delors Report: Learning: “The Treasure Within”
The Guide for ASP schools (in progress)
The Global Village experience
Convention on Cultural Heritage (1972)
In addition to the programme of activities already prepared by the Ministry of Culture on the occasion of declaring Amman as capital of Arab Culture 2002, the Jordan Commission for Education, Science and Culture has organised the following:
Tenth Annual Cultural Meeting to be held in Amman between 26 - 29 October.
Child's Song Festival between 8 - 10 October.
Production of three performing works on 1 August.
The Sixth Khaldiya Festival for public & Nabti poetry between 16 - 19 July.
Conference on Democracy and East Asian Traditions
The Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU) will organize an International Conference on Democracy and East Asian Traditions to be held in Seoul in June 2002, which will be preceded by a national preparatory meeting. The aim of the international conference will be to identify and assess core values of liberal democracy from the perspective of East Asian traditions such as Confucianism and Buddhism in order to encourage the cross-fertilization of ideas about democracy. The national preparatory meeting, due to take place on 22 September 2001, will bring together some 20 Korean scholars in related fields.
Symposium on Language in Cyberspace
The predominant use of English in cyberspace and the communication barrier among various languages can impede free access to information and cultural diversity. In view of this and in keeping with the UN Year, KNCU will hold an international symposium on, "Language in Cyberspace" from 26-27 September 2001, Seoul, Korea. Pertinent issues surrounding multilingualism in cyberspace will be identified and assessed and international cooperation will be sought. The participants will consist of 20 experts from Asia, America and Europe.
in international meetings
Dr. Kim Yersu, Secretary-General of KNCU and former Director, Division of Philosophy and Ethics, UNESCO HQs, participated in international meetings held on the occasion of the UN Year: Conference on Dialogue among Asian Civilizations from 17-18 February 2001, in Iran, as a Special Envoy for the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea; International Symposium of Role of Value/Ethics in Modern Chinese Society (2-3 April 2001, China); International Conference on Dialogue among Civilizations (23-26 April 2001, Lithuania); International Conference on Dialogue of Civilizations (24-25 May 2001, Japan). Dr. Kim will also attend the International Symposium on the Ethics of Science and Technology (8-10 October 2001, Lebanon).
The Kyrgyz Republic for UNESCO has chosen Dialogue among Civilizations as a strategic direction of its activities with the objective to develop intercultural dialogue and cultural pluralism and to enhance constructive dialogue under conditions of political and social tension.
The ideology and the work of the Kyrgyz National Commission for UNESCO is based on the principle that the ideas of dialogue among cultures and civilizations, culture of peace and tolerance must have a leading role in the region of Central Asia which is of a multi-ethnic, multi-faith and multicultural environment. Under these conditions, it is necessary to go beyond the traditional approach to intercultural dialogue concentrating only on common knowledge of cultures and civilizations. It is necessary to make analysis of both historical and contemporary processes enhancing positive interaction, mutual understanding and compromise between various cultures through identification of common values and shared ethical norms.
Opening of the UNESCO Chair “Intercultural Dialogue and Democracy in Multiethnic Society” at the Academy of Management under the President of Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek with its branch at the Kyrgyz-Russian University in Osh.
Establishment of the Central Asian Conflict Prevention Centre within the framework of the UNESCO project “For Peace and Tolerance, for Dialogue of Cultures”. Its activities include:
actively involved in implementation of the UNESCO projects “East-West Intercultural Dialogue in Central Asia” and “Spiritual Convergence and Intercultural Dialogue”. Under these project the Kyrgyz National Commission for UNESCO organized a number of international conferences
UNESCO International Forum “Culture and Religion in Central Asia” (Kyrgyzstan, September 1999)
Roundtable meeting “Civil Peace and Harmony in Kyrgyzstan” ( Bishkek, February 2000)
UNESCO International Roundtable Meeting “Intercultural and inter-religious dialogue as part of dialogue among civilizations” (Bishkek, June 2001) within the framework of which a sociological research was carried out on the theme “Inter-religious and intercultural dialogue and perspectives of civil society development in Kyrgyzstan”
Regional Roundtable meeting “Kyrgyz-Uzbek intercultural dialogue” (Osh, November 2002).
International Youth Conference “Dialogue Among Civilizations within the Frame of Culture of Peace” held in 21-25 may, 2001, Rezekne (Latvia). The main topic of the conference was the ethnical and national identity and in a globalised society, focusing in particular on the culture of peace, non-violence, respect for the human rights and rights of minorities, un understanding, of the other cultures and traditions. The international conference bring together more than hundred participants from Norway, France, Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.
Macedonia (FYR of)
Forum on Dialogue among Civilizations
28-31 August 2003
Ohrid, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
A number of Heads of State from South-East Europe and other regions, high-level representatives of the United Nations system, eminent scholars, intellectuals and politicians were invited to present their views on key issues within the framework of the follow-up to the United Nations Year for Dialogue among Civilizations.
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A Bilateral Conference on Dialogue among Civilizations between Philippines and Iran was organised in Makati City, the Philippines, between 4 - 6 October 2003. This two-day event was attended by representatives from various sectors of the civil society including: members of the diplomatic community, government, religious leaders, academia and the media. The exchange of ideas and the depth of the discussion proved, that through dialogue a greater understanding of, respect for and appreciation of cultural diversity can be achieved. The Conference concluded with the adoption of the Makati Declaration >>> (external link)
Meeting of the " Hunters of the African West" brotherhood between 26 January and 1 February, 2001
Organization of the regional phases of the National Week of Arts and Culture to promote artistic and cultural exchanges between young people from different regions of Mali, 24 March - 8 April, 2001
Celebration of the National Week of Arts and the Culture to promote cultural heritage of Mali, May 2001
Organization of the national phase of the National Week of Arts and the Culture to support national unity and social cohesion, 11 and 12 September, 2001
Organization of the 4th meeting of African photography for the promotion of photography as a means of cultural exchange, 15 to 21October, 2001
Meeting of Western African people of the river and the sea for the promotion of knowledge and traditional know-how related to fishing through cultural exchanges between fishermen of the sub-region, December 2001
Organization of grand rotating conferences in Malian regions to initiate debate on all aspects of the cultural values of the country, each semester of the year 2001
A national Committee within the framework of the United Nations Year for dialogue among Civilizations was created by the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs. Members of the Committee include: The President ot the Polish National Commission for UNESCO (Chair); high-level governmental, civil society and intellectual representatives; a representative of the President of Poland; representatives of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, National Education, Culture, and Scientific Research; members of the two Houses of Parliament; and, members of churches. It's first meeting was held in February 2001.
Conference, "The Traditions of of cultural and religious
diversity in Central-Eastern Europe"
Lublin, Poland, 15 September 2001
This conference falls with the research programmes undertaken by the Institute of Central-Eastern Europe in Lublin, (Poland) on regional history, as well as the United Nations Year of the Dialogue among Civilizations, 2001.
The objective of the conference is to present the traditions of dialogue and coexistence of different cultures (both ethnic and religious) whose traditions are particularly rich in Central-Eastern Europe. The geographical extent of the area is marked by the borders of what was referred to as the old Republic of Two Nations (XVIth – XVIIIth Centuries), but the debates will embrace all of the territory of Central-Eastern Europe as it is largely understood.
The first of the two sessions will be devoted to a presentation of the regional historical traditions, seen, inter alia, through the perspective of European emigrants living in Australia and North America. The second session Round Table will examine the question of traditions of religious dialogue. For centuries, Central-Eastern Europe (especially in XVth – XVIIIth Centuries.) was the territory for the religious co-existence of different confessions: Christian, Jewish and Islamic. The round table will undertake the debate on the current state of the interreligious dialogue in Central-Eastern Europe at the threshold of XXIth century
For more information, please contact:
Institut de l’Europe du Centre-Est
Pl. Litewski 2, 20-080 Lublin
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Seminar entitled "The Second World War in the collective memory of young Polish Jews"
A summer course entitled "Culture for Peace", Arrábida (Portugal), 3-5 September 2001
A seminar entitled "Conflict Prevention and Culture of Peace", Lisbon (Portugal), date to be fixed
An international seminar on the subject "Peace and Multiculturalism" Lisbon (Portugal), December 2001
"Islam and the Dialogue of Civilizations"
17-20 March 2002
Organized by the King Abdulaziz Public Library
"Intercultural communication: to what ends?", Berne, 2000 for the German Edition and Berne, 2001 for the French Version
"Training goals vis-a-vis the increasing complexity of society", Berne, 2001
2001 General Assembly on the theme "Swiss identity in a pluri-cultural society"
National Studies Day entitled "Standards for training programmes in intercultural communication", Berne (Switzerland), 29 June 2001
Annual Meeting of Swiss UNESCO ASP Schools on the theme of "Multiculturality", Soleure (Switzerland), 15-16 November 2001
The United Kingdom
Wilton Park, in association with the UK National Commission for UNESCO, is organising a major international conference on Dialogue of Civilisations: Key Priority for the Twenty-First Century? from 29 October to 2 November 2001. There will be speakers from UK UNESCO and UNESCO headquarters, and an information display from UK UNESCO.
Wilton Park is one of the UK's leading centres for the discussion of international issues.
For further information, please go to http://www.wiltonpark.org.uk
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