are in the MOST Phase I website (1994-2003).
The MOST Phase II website is available at: www.unesco.org/shs/most.
31 October 1999
A report of the conference can be found at the website of the Australian Multicultural Foundation
|The 1999 Religion and Cultural Diversity Conference has been organised
by The Australian Multicultural Foundation, in association with the European
Multicultural Foundation and UNESCO, with the support of Multicultural
Affairs Queensland and Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs.
Wherever we live in the world, religion and cultural diversity characterise modern experience. Rapid transportation and telecommunications, coupled with the international movement of people, have effectively made the globe our local community. Whether we embrace this change or view it with suspicion, it is inevitable. It is a feature of modern life.
The 1999 Religion and Cultural Diversity Conference provided a forum
for exchanging views and experiences on living in harmony with religious
and cultural diversity. It has been an opportunity to listen and learn
from each others' experiences, and to address issues of social cohesion,
tolerance and policy making in religiously diverse societies.
SOME ISSUES FOR DISCUSSION
Issues that were addressed included: Global challenges and local responsibilities;
Building cohesion in religiously diverse societies; Cultural diversity,
religion and the modern state; Public policy and religious diversity; Religious
vilification, discrimination and liberty; Search for a common ethic and
asserting shared values; Future issues on governing for religion and cultural
diversity in a global context.
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE CONFERENCE WERE:
European Multicultural Foundation
Australian Multicultural Foundation
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