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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
29-11-2004 6:30 pm UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro will open the first meeting of the International Commission for Peace on Tuesday, November 30 (10a.m., Room VIII). During the two-day meeting the Commission, which was established within the framework of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize, will focus on how dialogue among civilizations can contribute to peace.

In the absence of Commission Chairman Henry Kissinger, former President of the Republic of Portugal Màrio Soares will chair the debates. Participants will include the former Prime Minister of Guinee-Bissau Francisco José Fadul, Japanese political science professor Takashi Inoguchi, Canada’s Assistant Deputy Minister for Africa and the Middle East David Malone, former UN Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Foreign Affairs Minister of Gabon and Chairman of the 59th UN General Assembly Jean Ping, and Prosper Weil of the French Academie des sciences morales et politiques. Members of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize jury, as well as one of the winners of the 2003 Prize, the Grand Mufti of Bosnia Mustafa Ceric, will also take part.

Under the over-arching theme “The Contribution of Dialogue among Civilizations to Peace”, addresses will be made on: “Dialogue among civilizations and peace in the world” (David Malone); “The place of religions in the dialogue among civilizations and peace research” (Mustafa Ceric); “Promoting the dialogue among civilizations with a view to contributing to the settlement of current conflicts: which mission for States and international organizations?” (Jean Ping); and “Globalization: which future for dialogue among civilizations?” (Takashi Inoguchi). The meeting will conclude with a series of recommendations and proposals to reinforce or organise activities within UNESCO’s fields of competence to promote dialogue among civilizations and peace.

Journalists wishing to attend the opening session of the meeting should contact
the Press Relations Section for accreditation: tel: +33(0)1 45 68 17 48

Source Media advisory No 2004 - 84


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