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  • HH Sheikha Mozah and Wole Soyinka attend the first Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations in Madrid

    17-01-2008 2:00 pm Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, and Mr Wole Soyinka, Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, participated along with UNESCO Director-General, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, in the first Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, which was held on 15 and 16 January 2008 in Madrid, Spain.

    The Forum brought together political leaders, representatives of international and regional organizations, donors, civil society groups and foundations to examine ways of promoting mutual understanding in the face of growing polarization between nations and cultures. Some 400 people took part in the event, among them HM Queen Noor of Jordan, the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Mr Amr Moussa; Former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs Mary Robinson; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi and the Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho.

    Furthermore, the UNESCO Director-General signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations’ High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, HE Mr Jorge Sampaio. Its purpose is to determine concrete areas of action to promote dialogue between cultures and civilizations, mutual understanding, tolerance, respect, and peaceful coexistence.

    The Alliance of Civilizations (AoC) aims at improving understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions and, in the process, at helping to counter the forces that fuel polarization and extremism. It was established in 2005, at the initiative of the Governments of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the United Nations. In April 2007, the United Nations Secretary-General appointed Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal, as High Representative for the Alliance. The AoC is supported by a Group of Friends – a community of over 75 countries and international organizations and bodies.

  • Read more about UNESCO Special Envoy Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned
  • Read more about UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Wole Soyinka
  • Website of the Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations
  • Website of the Alliance of Civilizations

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