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Updated On: Saturday, May 27 2017

UNESCO Forum on Intercultural Dialogue

Content by: South-South News

5 May 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — The Fourth World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, hosted by the Government of Azerbaijan in partnership with the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is discussing the integration of migrants in cities, countering the rise of violent extremism, as well as youth radicalization on the Internet.

The conference on May 5-6 in Baku, Azerbaijan will provide an opportunity to examine effective responses to challenges facing human security, including massive migration, violent extremism and conflicts.

The Forum brings together heads of government and ministers, representatives of intergovernmental organizations, the private sector, policy-makers, cultural professionals, journalists and civil society activists under the theme “Advancing Intercultural Dialogue – New avenues for human security, peace and sustainable development.”

The Forum was addressed by the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Mali, and representatives of UNESCO, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Alliance of Civilizations.

UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, Nadia Al-Nashif, said the Baku Forum has a “very strong vision and resonates deeply with UNESCO’s mandate to build peace in the minds of men and women.”

“The world has become a very complicated place,” she noted. “We are looking at huge innovations in technology but at the same time, we are facing increased tensions, a result of the lack of general trust that stems from how much insecurity there is in the world.”

Al-Nashif said the UN intercultural dialogue is a platform for people to debate the notion of coexistence and what that means in regards to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that seeks to “promote norms for social justice, advocate for social inclusion, integration, acceptance, and not just tolerance but empathy.”

The agency has been developing tools to help cities cope better with the flow of migrants into cities. A ministerial forum on culture and tourism is also scheduled to be held on the margins of the Baku Forum.

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