4th Baku Forum on Intercultural Dialogue
On 5 May, the 4th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Bakou opened its doors to the world’s largest gathering on intercultural dialogue. Convened by the government of Azerbaijan in partnership with UNESCO, the UN Alliance of Civilizations, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN World Tourism Organization, the Council of Europe and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Forum sought to advance intercultural dialogue by finding new avenues for human security, peace and sustainable development, serving as a platform for exchange and cooperation.
Over 800 participants from 120 countries were part of a dialogue addressing some of the world’s most vexing issues including the global growth of violent extremism, the mounting migration and displacement crisis, deepening economic inequality, and the rise of divisive political populism.
Following the opening, the UNESCO Director-General Ms. Irina Bokova launched the UNESCO publication entitled Interculturalism at the Crossroads: Comparative perspectives on concepts, policies and practices, prepared in partnership with UNESCO’s UNITWIN Network on Interreligious Dialogue for Intercultural Understanding. Assimilation, multiculturalism and presently interculturalism have all been proposed as possible policy conduits for managing socio-cultural diversity. This book, in focusing on the latter concept, offers fresh analysis, policy discussion and practical exploration of intercultural dialogue through in-depth case studies from across the world.
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