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Mr. Khalid Taimur Akram Attended 6th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue held at Baku

Mr. Khalid Taimur Akram attended 6th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue held at Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku, May 03, 2024, The Europe Today: The 6th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue was held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 1- 3 May 2024, at the Baku Convention Centre, Azerbaijan.

The three-day forum organized by the government of Azerbaijan in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (Unesco), the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the World Tourism Organization (WTO), and the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) and brings together 700 distinguished guests representing more than 110 countries, along with senior government officials. The forum aims to contribute to strengthening global peace and security through constructive dialogue. The forum featured 4 plenary sessions and 12 panel discussions on topics such as education, youth, climate change, artificial intelligence, protection of cultural heritage, illegal migration, and other areas.

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Mr. Khalid Taimur Akram, Executive Director, Pakistan Research Centre for a Community with Shared Future (PRCCSF), participated in the forum on a special invitation from the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan.

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The opening ceremony featured four plenary sessions and four panel discussions. The thematic spectrum ranged from “Leveraging Soft Power for Multilateral Strength,” advocating compassion, solidarity, and unity against fragmentation. “Sustainable Pathways for a Greener Future” delved into collaborative actions crucial for COP29 and beyond, while “Harmony in Diversity” explored fostering intercultural dialogue for a global cultural renaissance. Additionally, “The Role of Education and Youth Engagement in Combating Xenophobia and Discrimination” and “Enhancing Available and Flexible Regular Migration Pathways” addressed vital societal challenges, alongside “Empowering Women’s Rights through Intercultural Dialogue.”

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President Ilham Aliyev’s opening address underscored Azerbaijan’s historical role as a crossroads of cultures for centuries. President emphasized Azerbaijan’s commitment to fostering intercultural peace and dialogue.

Mr. Khalid Taimur Akram Attended 6th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue held at Baku

On the second day of the forum, there were a total of eight panel sessions. Themes ranged from exploring the dual nature of Social Media—whether it builds bridges or walls between people and cultures and the transformative role of Tourism in fostering intercultural dialogue and connection. Additionally, discussions delved into the pivotal role of cultural and creative industries in driving modern development trends and promoting economic diversification. Bridging Horizons delved into the contemporary dynamics of the Silk Road and its global impact, while sessions also addressed the imperative of lasting peace for the revival and preservation of culture in post-conflict periods.

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On day third of the forum, a special conference brought attention to the critical issue of landmines, improvised explosive devices, and unexploded ordnances on cultural property.

The Azerbaijan-hosted forum serves as a significant platform in the region, highlighting the crucial role of intercultural dialogue in tackling diverse global issues and promoting harmony among various communities.