The 3rd World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue will be organized from 18 to 19 May 2015 in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan, in close collaboration with the Government of Azerbaijan, UNESCO, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the World Tourism Organization, the Council of Europe and Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO). It will be dedicated to the theme: “Culture and sustainable development in the post-2015 development agenda".
A few months before this important event, relevant steps forward in its preparation are engaged, mobilizing all partners of the Forum for the launching of an international awareness raising campaign at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 27 January 2015. On that occasion, the International Working Group of the Forum will also meet in New York for a preparatory meeting.
Around 200 participants including UN officials, representatives of different diplomatic missions and experts will come together at the ceremony.
The World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, also known as the “Baku Process”, was initiated in 2008. Two previous editions were held in 2011 and in 2013. It has become a global platform for exchange and discussion on major contemporary challenges pertaining to intercultural dialogue and the sharing of related universal values, which have become pressing issues to address in our globalized and more and more diverse societies.
This open forum aims to reaffirm the imperative need to consolidate and intensify dialogue among peoples from different cultures, religions or beliefs, in order to create, at the national, regional and global levels, an environment conducive to respect for cultural diversity, human rights and mutual understanding. In doing so, it provides strategic impulse and showcases the objectives of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), for which UNESCO is the lead agency within the United Nations system.