01.07.2010 -

İstanbul Declaration on “Music as a Metaphor of Cultural Dialogue in South-East Europe”

© UNESCO/FW Russell-RivoallanUNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova with President of Turkey, Abdullah Gül

Heads of State and high-level representatives of South-East Europe, UNESCO and the Council of Europe gathered on 23 June 2010 in Istanbul (Turkey) to hold the 8th Meeting of the Summit of the Heads of State of South-East Europe.


The event was devoted to the theme “Music as a Metaphor of Cultural Dialogue in South-East Europe”, organized under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Abdullah Gül, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mrs. Irina Bokova, and the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland.  

The main goal of the Summit was to reinforce the critical role of culture as the cornerstone of mutual understanding in the region. Taking place in Istanbul, the 2010 European Capital of Culture, the Summit also came under the aegis of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, and led by UNESCO.  

A meeting of experts from all the countries of the region preceded the meeting on “Music as metaphor of cultural dialogue” and finalized the Istanbul Declaration approved by the Heads of States and Governments. These experts focused on the role of music as a vehicle for peace and as a key element of region’s intangible heritage, testifying to the wealth of cultural diversity and mutual influences in the region.  

The Istanbul Declaration is in continuity with the Message from Ohrid on “Dialogue Among Civilizations” (2003), the Tirana Summit Declaration on “Inter-Religious and Inter-Ethnic Dialogue in South-East Europe” (2004), the Varna Declaration on “Cultural Corridors of South-East Europe, Common Past and Shared Heritage - A Key to Future Partnership” (2005), the Opatija Declaration on "Communication of  Heritage" (2006), Bucharest and Sibiu Declaration on "Cultural Diversity - a Bridge between Cultural Heritage and the Culture of the Future" (2007), the Athens Declaration on “Intercultural Encounters on Maritime, River and Lake Routes of South-East Europe” (2008), and the Cetinje Declaration on “Management of Heritage Diversity and its Promotion for Tourism” (2009).

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Source : UNESCOPRESS 21.06.2010

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