Second meeting - New York - 11 March 2011

To strengthen UNESCO’s activities pertaining to dialogue among cultures, the pursuit of peace, and the promotion of cultural diversity in a globalized world, the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova, has established a High Panel to foster reflection on the new dimensions of peace in the Twenty-first Century.

Comprising decision-makers, intellectuals and artists from all regions of the world, the High Panel on Peace and Dialogue among Cultures gathers from time to time with the aim of charting new avenues for peace. The principal mission of the High Panel is to accompany UNESCO’s work in this area and to reflect on and to bring to bear a diversity of perspectives from various regions of the world and a wide range of stakeholders. As an open-ended forum, participants may vary according to the thematic focus of the session. A report of the first meeting of the High Panel on 18 February 2010 at UNESCO Headquarters is available: click here to access the report of the meeting  

The High Panel will sit for a second time at the United Nations in New York on 11 March 2011 and will address the theme of “Building Peace: Reconciliation through the Power of Education, the Sciences, Culture and Communication”. The private meeting of the High Panel will be followed by a UNESCO Forum, open to an invited public, that will also mark the conclusion of the 2010 International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures and the Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).




10 March 2011 - Asia Society President's Forum

On the occasion of the closing of the Year, the Director-General of UNESCO has been invited by the President of the Asia Society, Ms Vishakha Desai, to participate in the Asia Society President’s Forum. Ms Bokova and Ms Desai will thus have a lively dialogue on how culture is leading the way to sustainable development and a redefinition of our shared humanity in the 21st century. They will discuss the challenges and future avenues towards the rapprochement of cultures. The Forum will be held on 10 March 2011 from 6.30 pm to 8 pm at the Asia Society.  

Asia Society President's Forum is a series of programs in which Asia Society President Vishakha N. Desai interviews prominent guests on a broad range of Asian and Asian American topics, including politics, economics, culture, the media, and Asian relations with the United States. Past guests have included His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, Amartya Sen, Thich Nhat Hanh, Reza Aslan and Indra Nooyi.