Signing of cooperation agreement between ISESCO and Government of Republic of the Sudan on establishing Sinnar Regional Center for Dialogue and Cultural Diversity

Rabat: 26/02/2018

Signing of cooperation agreement between ISESCO and Government of Republic of the Sudan on establishing Sinnar Regional Center for Dialogue and Cultural Diversity

The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and the Republic of the Sudan, represented by the Federal Ministry of Culture, today at ISESCO headquarters in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, signed a cooperation agreement on the establishment of the “Sinnar Regional Center for Dialogue and Cultural Diversity”.

The agreement was signed for ISESCO by its Director General, Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, and for the Government of the Republic of the Sudan by its Culture Minister, Mr Al-Tayeb Hassan Badawi.

The Center aims to publicize the issues of cultural diversity, civilizational dialogue and the relevant efforts, initiatives and orientations; foster cultural dialogue among Member States in the region; and present the true positive image about Islam. It also seeks to entrench human rights and respect of religions and intercultural dialogue; organize and host cultural and artistic meetings and events likely to promote cultural diversity and dialogue; develop cultural tourism in Member States in the region; highlight the Sudanese experience of moderation in Sinnar and the possibility of taking inspiration from it in the management of ethnic and cultural diversity; and introducing cultural and civilizational diversity in the Sudan.

Headquartered in Sinnar, the Center is dedicated to Member States in the region and charged with duties, namely promoting research and studies in the Center’s areas of action; promoting the languages of the region’s peoples as part of ISESCO’s relevant activities; creating chairs and programmes specialized in pluralism and cultural diversity management; organizing and hosting academic conferences, workshops, and forums; publishing books, periodicals, and the findings of the research and studies specialized in the Center’s fields of action; organizing local and international campaigns and appeals to protect pluralism and cultural diversity in coordination with the relevant international and local institutions; revitalizing cultural tourism among the Member States in the region; and promoting media productions specialized in publicizing the Islamic civilizational achievements at the level of Member States in the region.

It is worth mentioning that the 10th Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers, held in Khartoum on 21 November 2017, welcomed the request of the Republic of the Sudan to establish this Center in Sinnar as an independent institution that operates under the aegis and supervision of ISESCO to be funded by the Government of the Republic of the Sudan in accordance with its proposed conceptualization, and called on ISESCO to extend this experience to Member States whose cities are celebrated as Islamic culture capitals as part of the “ISESCO Centers for Islamic Culture Capitals” Project.