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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
04-07-2003 3:00 pm Paris - The Indian government, in cooperation with UNESCO, is organizing an International Ministerial Conference on the Dialogue among Civilizations - The Quest for New Perspectives which will be held in New Delhi (Vigyan Bhawan) on July 9 and 10.
The Conference will bring together more than 50 ministers, and a large number of intellectuals, advisors and experts from all over the world. It will be opened by the Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and India’s Minister of Human Resource Development, Murli Manohar Joshi. It is part of UNESCO’s efforts to promote dialogue between civilizations, in line with the Global Agenda for Dialogue among Civilizations, which was adopted in November 2001 by the United Nations General Assembly.

The promotion of dialogue between civilizations and cultures is a key component of UNESCO’s mission and activities. Today, more than ever, the Organization is promoting detailed analyses of interactions between cultures because, by highlighting the cross-fertilization between them, we gain a better understanding of history and promote tolerance.

The Conference will emphasize issues at the heart of UNESCO’s mandate, especially education as an instrument of dialogue, science and technology as the new frontiers of unity and global connectivity, and the preservation of cultural diversity and spiritual values in the era of globalization.

The New Delhi Conference follows other meetings on this theme held in New York (September 2000), Vilnius (April 2001), Kyoto (July 2001) and Paris (December 2001 and January 2003) and comes ahead of meetings scheduled to be held in August in Ohrid, in The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and in October 2003 in Sanaa, Yemen.

Dialogue among Civilizations - The Quest for New Perspectives

Source Media advisory No 2003-61


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