First Published: 2010-05-28

 
Forum of UN Alliance of Civilisations in Brazil
 

New study on cross-cultural ties in Mediterranean region gets global recognition at opening of UN Forum.

 

Middle East Online

André Azoulay





RIO DE JANEIRO - The forthcoming ‘Anna Lindh Report on Intercultural Trends’ is hailed by international leaders and experts as a pioneering model for providing a voice to people and communities in building regional cooperation.

International politicians, business leaders and civil society representatives have convened today in Brazil for the third global forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, described by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a “unique opportunity to launch new tools for tolerance, trust and change within a dynamic and constructive environment.”

As part of the Forum’s opening, a special event was organised on the forthcoming ‘Anna Lindh Report on Intercultural Trends’ which features the very first public opinion poll carried out with Gallup on cross-cultural trends and values across the 43 country ‘Union for the Mediterranean’, the far-reaching political agreement established between Europe, the Balkans, the Arab Mediterranean countries, Israel and Turkey.

Speaking at the opening, André Azoulay, President of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation and a co-founder of the Alliance of Civilizations, said:

“For the very first time, the international community has a scientific tool which not only measures the evolution of our mutual perceptions, but which set outs a roadmap in terms of the priority actions we must implement in order to significantly reverse those trends towards discrimination, xenophobia and ideological clashes.”

Dalia Mogahed, Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, said:

“No-one has ever before explored the readiness of people across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East to a unified entity and a shared project around theMediterranean. The dialogue is usually monopolised by a vocal and tiny minority, and the Anna Lindh Report aims to hear from everyone in order to inject this dialogue with the voice of the people.”

While the official launch of the first Anna Lindh Report will be in September 2010, the study is already causing much interest among policy-makers, civil society leaders and the academic community.

Speaking at the session on behalf of the United Nations for Civilisations, Dr Thomas Uthup said: “Many reports have been produced which have no impact on policies, but this Report is different. What is apparent from the study the appetite that people have for real, positive intercultural relations, and the Anna Lindh Report can provide concrete orientation and ideas to the UN Alliance and all the institutions working for dialogue.”

 

UN chief 'deeply alarmed' by Eastern Ghouta violence

US declares readiness to talk Mideast peace

IS kills 25 Iraqi militiamen near Kirkuk

Sudan frees dozens of activists detained after protests

Saudi Arabia to host first Arab Fashion Week

Blockaded Gaza Strip forced to pump sewage into sea

African migrants start hunger strike over Israel expulsion

Three militiamen killed in Libya car bomb attack

Russia denies ‘groundless’ accusations of role in Ghouta killings

Turkey says whoever helps YPG is 'legitimate target'

Morocco dismantles IS-linked terrorist cell

Turkey urged to end gas standoff with Cyprus

PKK attack near Iraq kills 2 Turkish soldiers

Netanyahu confidant to testify against him

Iran emergency teams recover bodies from plane crash site

Ten dead in more Syrian regime strikes on East Ghouta

Bahrain activist sentenced to 5 years for Yemen tweets

Lebanese president makes landmark visit to Iraq

Bloodbath in Syria's eastern Ghouta

Abbas calls for peace conference in rare UN speech

Egyptian court adds leading government critic on terror list

Yemen government offensive threatens heritage site

Turkey considering chemical castration for child abusers

45 civilians killed in air strikes on rebel enclave

Cairo sheds Ottoman-era street names amid Egypt-Turkey crisis

New woes for Israeli PM in fresh graft cases

Maghreb countries wary about jihadists relocating from Iraq, Syria

Erdogan says Turkey will besiege Afrin "swiftly"

Turkey releases leading pro-Kurdish politician

5 Iranian police killed in Sufi protests

Iran finds wreckage of crashed plane on top of mountain

Israel’s gas contract with Egypt: deal or no deal?

Somalia appoints new police, intelligence chiefs

Iran plane crash rescue search halted for second night

France reaffirms commitment to Iran nuclear deal

Turkey warns Syria against protecting Kurds

Abbas warms up to Moscow amid cold US-Palestinian ties

Israel strikes 'historic' gas contract with Egypt

Are Iranian satellite channels aiding regime change?

Israel pounds Gaza with air strikes after rocket attack

Iraq orders deportation of French jihadist

Pro-Assad militias to enter Syria's Afrin

Two hardline Syria rebels announce merger

Three Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai

Israeli, US officials meet over gas row with Lebanon