Commission for Ecumenism & Interfaith Dialogue

Inaugural Global Dialogue Forum


Global Dialogue Forum News Story

“Unity in Diversity 10.10.10; Bridging Cultures, Building Peace.”

Up to 300 participants are expected to attend inaugural Global Dialogue Forum next month, promoting intercultural exchange in the Asia Pacific region.

Hosted by the Global Dialogue Foundation under the auspices of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the forum is being held in Melbourne from 10 to 12 October.

The forum will bring together participants in the field of intercultural relations from grassroots organisations, the academic community, the private sector, government and international agencies under the theme “Unity in Diversity 10.10.10; Bridging Cultures, Building Peace.”

Organisers are seeking to highlight and learn from the experience of community leaders in uniting people from diverse cultural backgrounds for a common purpose.

A key component of the three-day event will be ‘the Marketplace of Ideas’, which serves as an opportunity for established grassroots intercultural initiatives to promote their program to an audience which will include policy makers and potential sponsors.

The most successful projects will be rewarded with support from the ‘World Intercultural Fund for Innovation’ network, launched at the 2010 UNAOC forum in Rio de Janeiro.

Global Dialogue Foundation CEO Peter (Pece) Gorgievski welcomed the opportunity be host the first UNAOC-related event to be organised in Australia.

“Our goal is to see a scaling-up of grassroots initiatives that aim to develop understanding and cooperation among people and cultures,” Pece said. “We look forward to working with the UNAOC and partner organisations to develop a similar model throughout the Asia Pacific region.”

High Representative for the UNAOC President Jorge Sampaio is expected to deliver a video address at the forum’s opening ceremony.

The four focus areas of the forum will be:

  • Integrating migrants
  • Shaping perceptions, challenging stereotypes – the role of the media today
  • Education for intercultural citizenship
  • The role of religious, faith and traditional faith leaders in promoting peace and human development

Registration is open to members of the public who wish to participate in the forum workshops. Although spaces are limited, participation is free and all are welcome.

Pledges and recommendations from each workshop will be compiled into a final conference document, which will comprise the ‘Plan of Action’, to be reviewed at the 2011 forum.

More information on the forum can be found at the Global Dialogue Foundation website.

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