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Intercultural Dialogues to be Held in Iran

UNESCO representative office in Iran will hold a seminar in Iran on intercultural dialogue, cultural industries, and cultural tourism.

Tehran, 19 December 2005 (CHN) -- UNESCO's representative office in Iran will hold a meeting on intercultural dialogue, cultural industries, and cultural tourism in Tehran from 10 to 12 of January 2006 with the attendance of Central Asian countries. This seminar will be held with the cooperation of Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), which consists of the Islamic member countries in UNESCO.

Following the approval of the Cultural Diversity Convention by UNESCO, which was passed despite the U.S. disapproval, the member countries of the organization are trying to introduce their culture to the world.

Representatives from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Pakistan will attend the meeting. During the seminar, cultural experts of these countries will describe the cultural policies in their countries. They will also confer with each other about different ways to strengthen the cultural foundations in the Central Asian countries.

According to UNESCO, the main purpose for holding this meeting is to make the countries familiar with different aspects of cultural promotion.

The UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity was adopted unanimously in a most unusual context. It came in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001; and the UNESCO General Conference, which was meeting for its 31st session, was the first ministerial-level meeting to be held after those terrible events. It was an opportunity for States to reaffirm their conviction that intercultural dialogue is the best guarantee of peace and to reject outright the theory of the inevitable clash of cultures and civilizations.

Further to the adoption of UNESCO's Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in November 2001, the General Assembly of the United Nations welcomed the Declaration and the main lines of the Action Plan and proclaimed 21st of May as World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

On 20 October 2005, the UNESCO General Conference approved the Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions.

The result of a long generation process and two years of intense negotiations, this convention reinforces the notions enshrined in the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001), that cultural diversity is a "common heritage of humanity" and that its defense must be considered an ethical imperative, inseparable from respect for human dignity.

On May 2005, a three day seminar on Cultural Diversity in Knowledge Societies was held in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. The event took place in the framework of the conference "UNESCO between the two phases of the World Summit on the Information Society" organized by the Russian authorities.

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