Regional Conference Dedicated to World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
The Regional Conference marking the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development entitled “Preservation and Development of Cultural Diversity as a Factor for Strengthening Tolerance in Society through Intercultural Dialogue” was held on May 20-22, 2005 in Chisinau, Moldova. The conference was conducted under the aegis of the UNESCO Moscow Office with the participation of the National Commissions for UNESCO of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Romania and Ukraine. Also in attendance were representatives from the fields of culture, academics and education and governmental and non-governmental organizations of the cluster countries.
The meeting was aimed at promoting the principals of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (2001), the UNESCO Conventions Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972) and Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003).
The participants of the conference discussed the experience of the Republic of Moldova in preserving peace and stability through safeguarding ethnic diversity in the region, the experiences of the other participating countries in this undertaking, and the implementation of the Action Plan of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in the cluster countries.
The conference attracted the attention of leading experts in the field of cultural policy, intellectuals, artists, media to the issues of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue as an asset and effective means for peace and understanding and as a factor for social, cultural and economic development in the post-Soviet space.
The participants of the conference had the opportunity to visit the Historical and Cultural Complex “The Medieval Town of Orhei”, one of Moldova’s most beautiful and significant landscapes, as well as the historical Monastery of Capriana, an example of the conservation and revival of the material heritage in the Republic of Moldova.
Regional Conference participants
From left to the right, first row: Mr P. Metreveli, Ms. S. Ciubotaru, Mrs. Aliona Niculita, Ms L. Moreva, Ms L.Drumea, Ms M. Prchalova; second row: Mr Sergius Ciocanu, Ms Nicoleta Zagura, Mr C. Rusnac, Ms Lilia Palii, Mr. Gheorghe Postica