High Panel on Peace and Dialogue among Cultures

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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.

The first, inaugural meeting of the High Panel on Peace and Dialogue among Cultures gathered some twenty personalities from different geographical and intellectual spheres - researchers, scientists, representatives of civil society, journalists, writers, artists and creators, entrepreneurs, religious leaders, women and men alike. This first meeting of the High Panel was held on February 18, 2010 at UNESCO Headquarters, and also marked the official launch of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures

The High Panel sitted for a second time at the United Nations in New York on 11 March 2011 and addressed the theme of “Building Peace: Reconciliation through the Power of Education, the Sciences, Culture and Communication”. The private meeting of the High Panel was followed by a UNESCO Forum, that also marked 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).

The Third meeting of the High Panel will take place on 19 November 2012 at UNESCO Headquarters - click here for more information

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