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Posted On: 8 April 2009 11:43 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Alliance of Civilisations forum launches new initiatives

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The Alliance of Civilisations (AoC) forum concluded In Istanbul yesterday by announcing concrete steps toward a global agenda for intercultural dialogue, in which Qatar is a partner. The meeting also saw the launch of several new initiatives such as a Global Youth Movement for the Alliance of Civilisations , Dialogue Café, a highly innovative technological project aimed at creating a global collective of ordinary citizens, who will explore common interests across divides, and will be encouraged to collaborate on common projects and joint rapid response media framework to serve the needs of journalists working across the Mediterranean region. The meeting saw the announcement of new national plans and regional strategies for intercultural dialogue by governments and multilateral organizations to advance AoC objectives in their respective countries and region. Qatar has joined this initiative along with Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Montenegro, Portugal, Russian Federation and Slovenia. Regional Strategies for East-European countries, the Euro-Mediterranean region and the Ibero-American countries have also been announced. With regards to the East-European Strategy, an International Conference in Sarajevo to take place in the second half of this year has been announced. “The Alliance Forum is not only about dialogue. It is about dialogue that delivers. It is about concrete, practical projects that make a real difference to the lives of people” said High Representative President Jorge Sampaio. Concerning the Euro-Mediterranean Regional Strategy, a set of initiatives will be carried out in order to prepare its adoption in a meeting to be hosted by Egypt.