The conference, Education for Intercultural Understanding and Dialogue, takes place in Copenhagen and present at the opening will be the Director-General of UNESCO Mr Koichiro Matsuura, the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Per Stig Moller and the Secretary-General of the Arab League Mr Amr Moussa.
The focus of the conference is the role of education as a tool to promote intercultural understanding and dialogue.
The conference is a follow-up to the “Conference on Fostering Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations through Concrete and Sustained Action” (Rabat, Morocco, June 2005). It aims to further the debate with a specific focus on education. It is convened by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in partnership with UNESCO, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Council of Europe, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), the UN Alliance of Civilizations and the Anna Lindh Foundation.
Experts and practitioners in education and intercultural dialogue will share their knowledge and experiences in three working groups: Curriculum and Educational Materials Development; Collaboration between Institutions of Higher Education and Student Exchange Programmes; and Religion and Cultural Diversity.
Two conference sessions are open to the press: the opening plenary session*, with contributions from the co-sponsoring organizations, and a press conference with the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Per Stig Møller, and Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO.
*Chaired by former Minister Grethe F. Rostbøll, Chair of the Danish Center for Culture and Development, the plenary session will be attended by Per Stig Møller, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs; Jorge Sampaio, former President of the Republic of Portugal, High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations; Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary-General of the OIC; Mongi Bousnina, Director-General of ALECSO; Najib Rhiati, Director of Culture and Communication of ISESCO; Gabriele Mazza, Director of School, Out-of-School and Higher Education, Council of Europe; André Azoulay, President of the Anna Lindh Foundation; Sima Bahous, Assistant Secretary General for Social Affairs, Arab League; and Miguel Angel Moratinos, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spain. Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, will make the concluding statement.
- Related links:
Danish Centre for Culture and Development website
UNESCO webpage on the Rabat Commitment
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