ISESCO's Contribution to Promoting Dialogue of Cultures, Alliance of Civilizations and Peace Culture
Dialogue among civilizations reflects a pressing need, dictated by the accelerating world mutations prevailing at this critical juncture of world history. It has become a strategic option, mandated by the major challenges confronting the international community, for it constitutes the noblest means of coexistence among nations and peoples, indeed the remedy to all factors of tension and conflict at the origin of international crises.
DR. ABDULAZIZ OTHMAN ALTWAIJRI
DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE ISLAMIC EDUCATIONAL,
SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION - ISESCO -
The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization made outstanding
contribution under the “United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilizations”,
the year 2001, which was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly.
The OIC Council of Foreign Ministers at its 28th session (Bamako, July 2001)
commissioned ISESCO to implement activities in dialogue among cultures and
alliance of civilizations. In that respect, ISESCO convened or contributed to a
number of international symposia on the theme of dialogue among cultures and
alliance of civilizations. ISESCO likewise took part in the meetings of the High
Level Group on the Alliance of Civilizations, which was set up by virtue of a
resolution by the UN Secretary-General. The Group, chaired by Mr Jorge Sampaio,
High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations, with as members the
Prime Ministers of Spain and Turkey, along with foreign ministers and worldrenowned
personalities, established the Alliance of Civilizations Forum, held
annually with the participation of ISESCO.
ISESCO Director General talking to US President Barack Obama at a reception ceremony
held in Istanbul on the occasion of the International Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations
(Istanbul, 6 April 2009).