27.05.2013 - ODG

“Youth are key agents in promoting intercultural dialogue and change” says Director-General celebrating World Day for Cultural Diversity, for Dialogue and Development with UNESCO Arab Gulf countries

©Mamadouh ANWAR/UNESCODirector-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova,and Ambassadors Permanent Delegates of Arab Gulf countries to UNESCO

"No society can meet the requirements of peace and development today if it does not dynamically and resiliently connect cultures together” said Irina Bokova on the occasion of the seminar « Cultural Diversity for sustainable development and dialogue among civilizations » organized by The sultanate of Oman on behalf of the Group of Arab Gulf countries at UNESCO on 27 May. The Seminar marked the World Day for Cultural Diversity, for Dialogue and Development which is celebrated by UNESCO every year on 21st May.

The gathering took place in the presence of Mr. Ali al-Qarni, Director-General of the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, H.E. Dr. Samira Almoosa, Permanent Delegate of the Sultanate of Oman to UNESCO and Chair of the Group of Arab Gulf Countries to UNESCO, and a large number of Ambassadors Permanent Delegates to UNESCO, as well as researchers and a wide audience.

Dr. Samira Almoosa emphasized her country’s foundations based on harmonious coexistence and providing a platform for migrations since old times”. She further stressed UNESCO’s indispensable foundations of  “equality of all peoples and civilizations” as the basis to provide confidence in countries and societies to build international cooperation and peace.

Mr. Ali al-Qarni recalled UNESCO’s responsibility in the construction of the world’s history and to monitor the trends of societies in their quest for increased dialogue, social cohesion and development.

The debates focused on the successful experiences of youth networks in Oman and across the Gulf countries in reaching out to youth movements across all continents in order to enhance their knowledge on the diversity of cultures and lifestyles.The participants also highlighted the considerable advances achieved by the Gulf countries in contributing to the dialogue among civilizations and recalled the contribution of UNESCO initiatives such as the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Cuture and the celebration of the World Arabic Language Day in building greater awareness and knowledge about the Arab cultures.

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