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23.05.2019 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Ivonne A. Baki gives a talk at the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku

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Ivonne A. Baki, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, gave a keynote speech at the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, held from 2 to 3 May 2019 in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan.

The Forum is organized under the patronage of H.E. Mr Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva, First Lady of Azerbaijan and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and in cooperation with UNESCO, the UN Alliance of Civilizations, the UN World Tourism Organization (WTO), the Council of Europe and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO). Expected participants include heads of governments, ministers, heads of various international organizations, cultural professionals, prominent intellectuals, civil society activists… The theme of the 2019 edition was “Building dialogue into action against discrimination, inequality and violent conflict”; it sought to examine the critical role of Intercultural Dialogue as an actionable strategy for building human solidarity and helping localities counter the violence and discrimination in diverse communities.

Ivonne A. Baki, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador gave a speech as a preamble of the first plenary session entitled “Managing diversity: multi-level and multi-sectoral collaboration”, that took place on the first day. Indeed, diversity is growing at all levels of society all around the world.  Therefore, the panelists stressed that it was essential to make diversity work for everybody’s benefit. Then, this plenary session focused on the  practical  strategies  that can be employed  to  encourage  more  cohesive  and  coherent  management  of  diversity  at all levels and in all types of organizations.

Considering the fact that the world is more and more interconnected which does not mean that individuals and societies really live together, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the period 2013-2022 as the “International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures” in December 2012. And UNESCO plays its full part. Thus, the Organization adopted an Action Plan in April 2014 addressing three key objectives: to evaluate the current status of inclusive policies, respectful of diversity and Human Rights, setting annual priorities and finally establishing meaningful and lasting partnerships at a national, regional and international level. Hence, the Organization seeks to promote mutual understanding and reciprocal knowledge of diversity, build a pluralist framework for shared values, disseminate the principles and tools of intercultural dialogue through and foster dialogue for sustainable development.

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