17 May 2007
The UNESCO Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue, Paris, in cooperation with the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office is organizing a Central Asian Round Table on the Exchange and Sharing of Good Practices in Intercultural Dialogue and Promotion of UNESCO’s Declaration on Cultural Diversity, followed by a Workshop with UNESCO Chairs on Interreligious Dialogue for Intercultural Understanding, from 4 to 7 June 2007 in Almaty.The participants will include representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, regional Chairholders from the UNESCO Network “Interreligious Dialogue for intercultural understanding”, focal points of the Central Asian Women’s Cultural Network, regional partners, international experts and resource persons.
Participants will share information on past and on-going projects conducive to intercultural dialogue and exchange experiences and best practices for the promotion of pluralism and mutual comprehension over the course of four days.
Country-based surveys prepared by Central Asian specialists will be presented from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, together with case-studies of projects contributing to strengthening intercultural dialogue in each country.
The first Round Table will also be an occasion to discuss a feasibility study on the creation of a Central Asian Platform on Cultural Cooperation and Dialogue, using new information and communication technologies.
These meetings, organized in cooperation with the Kazakh Institute of Oriental Studies and the Assembly of Peoples of the Republic of Kazakhstan will be held in the framework of the UNESCO projects on Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue in Central Asia.
The opening ceremony will take place Monday, 4 June at 9:30 am at the Assembly of Peoples, “Dom Droujby” (40, Kurmangazi), the venue of the meetings.