Inaugural Unity in Diversity Forum 10.10.10
Under the auspices of UN Alliance of Civilizations
10-12 OCTOBER 2010
The Inaugural Forum of Global Dialogue Foundation
Melbourne, 10-12 October 2010“
Unity in Diversity – 10.10.10”
Bridging Cultures, Building Peace
Grassroots Solutions for Understanding and Cooperation Among People and Cultures
Presented by Global Dialogue Foundation, together with partners and supporters under the auspices of United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the inaugural Unity in Diversity Forum engaged organisations working to promote understanding and cooperation among peoples, cultures and communities.
Building on the momentum of the 3rd Annual Forum of the Alliance (held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in May 2010), the Melbourne event illustrated how cultural diversity, an essential element of multicultural societies, plays out differently in different regions of the world. Furthermore, it confirmed the relevant role of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in raising the issue of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue in a global perspective, encouraging policy-makers around the World to address it and facilitate the connection between Government’s policy and innovative practices at grassroots level.
The Alliance of Civilizations is an initiative of the UN Secretary-General which aims to improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions, and to help counter the forces that fuel polarization and extremism. Working in partnership with governments, international and regional organizations, civil society groups, foundations, and the private sector, the Alliance is supporting a range of projects and initiatives aimed at building bridges among a diversity of cultures and communities.
Global Dialogue Foundation aims to; initiate and promote dialogue and collaboration for increased understanding among cultures and civilizations; maintain the identity of original traditions, fostering their impact on the development of mainstream society; strengthen the voice of the Asia Pacific Region in the debate on dialogue and understanding among peoples and cultures; contribute in supporting the work of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in the Region.