4th World Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

Representatives of the Foundation participated in the 4th World Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) which was held in Doha, Qatar from December 11-13th, 2011. At the UNAOC Forum, over 2500 political and corporate leaders, civil society activists, youth groups, faith communities, research centers, foundations, journalists, Ministers, and Heads of States came together to agree on joint actions to improve relations across cultures, combat prejudice and build lasting peace. Hosted by the ruling Emir of the State of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Forum counted the High Level Group member from Qatar H. H. Sheikha Mozah, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations President Jorge Sampaio. The UNAOC’s Forum in Doha was a milestone in the UNAOC’s existence. In Qatar, the UNAOC, the host government, and numerous partners made headway for global intercultural dialogue to emerge as a key driver for development, security and peace.

4th World Forum

Under this year’s theme “Intercultural Dialogue to Boost Development”, high-level debates emphasized how advancing towards the goals of the UNAOC can contribute to foster sustainable development and, in particular, achievement of the MDGs. As a representative of the Swiss Peace and Crises Management Foundation and the Association of NGOs in SEE – CIVIS, had noticeable appearance during two selected debates: “The Role of Sports in Promoting Intercultural Dialogue and Understanding” and “Long-Term Strategy for Global Sustainable Development based on Dialogue and Partnership of Civilizations”.