CIDOB participates in Round Table on Central Asia organised by UNESCO

INTERCULTURAL DYNAMICS - Jun 7, 2007

CIDOB participated in a Round Table discussion in Almaty (Kazakhstan) between 65 international experts who exchanged ideas on how to promote pluralism and mutual understanding.

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Speaking at a Round Table on the subject of Central Asia held in Almaty (Kazakhstan), members of the Intercultural Dynamics Programme of the CIDOB Foundation put forward new ways of fostering cultural pluralism within a reality that is increasingly trans-national. The Round Table was organised by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) in collaboration with the Assembly of Kazakhstan People and the Oslo Coalition.

During the meeting, participants exchanged ideas and experiences on promoting pluralism and mutual understanding. The Round Table was comprised of 65 experts from countries such as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as members of UNESCO chairs on Central Asia, the Central Asian Women's Network and other international experts.

During the four-day event, specific practices within the region were presented and analysed, in order to find common points of view that will encourage coexistence within culturally plural settings.

One of the aims of the Round Table was to establish a more accessible means of communication for publishing results obtained from actions. Thus, the Central Asian Portal was created, a secure communication element that will guarantee the flow of information between the cultural actors of the region.

During the course of the Round Table sessions, the participants discussed questions such as how culture can be used as an element to overcome conflicts and tensions, and whether these conflicts and tensions are the results of cultural, ethnic or religious misunderstandings. Another question that came under discussion was that of whether it is important to champion cultural differences in order to preserve a cultural diversity, and whether these differences lead to mutual recognition of the other.

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