First Academic Forum of UNESCO Chairs on Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue
The Academic Forum of UNESCO Chairs working in the field of intercultural and interreligious dialogue will be gathered in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan from 19 to 20 May 2015, on the occasion of the 3rd World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue. It is organized by UNESCO, in partnership with the KAICIID Centre for Dialogue and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan, and will be opened by Nada Al-Nashif, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences.
This side event of the 3rd World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue will bring together more than 35 representatives and chairholders from UNESCO Chairs around the globe, to engage in a state-of-the-art assessment of on-going research in the area of interreligious and intercultural dialogue. The goal is to find innovative ways forward to better articulate the linkages between research and policy-making, for a community of practices on the management of cultural and religious diversity in our plural societies.
The “World Religions in the Context of Contemporary Culture: New Perspectives of Dialogue and Mutual Understanding” and “The Challenges of Intercultural Dialogue for Formulating Policy Responses in our Plural Societies” will be the two main themes for discussion.
This Forum will serve to identify key steps and actions for the development of a more effective contribution of UNESCO Chairs to the implementation of the Action Plan for the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022, and for their involvement in the Baku Process.