Meeting of Unesco’s High Panel on Peace and Dialogue among Cultures
UNESCO’s High Panel on Peace and Dialogue among Cultures will meet at UNESCO Headquarters on 19 November to explore ways of strengthening UNESCO’s activities promote dialogue among cultures and the pursuit of peace.
The High Panel is an open-ended forum established by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in 2010, on the occasion of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures. Its mission is to accompany UNESCO’s work by introducing a diversity of perspectives from various regions of the world and a wide range of stakeholders.
Panel members attending next week’s session include:
· H.R.H Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud (Saudi Arabia),
Chairman, Board of Directors, King Faisal Centre for Research and
· Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser (Qatar), President of the 66th session of
the United Nations General Assembly; High Representative, Designate,
of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
· Akhtar A. Badshah (USA), Senior Director of Microsoft Citizenship
and Public Affairs
· Homi K. Bhabha (India), Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the
Humanities & Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
· Vicente Fox (Mexico), Former President of Mexico (2000-2006), co-
President of the Centrist Democrat International and founder of the Vicente Fox Center of Studies, Library and Museum
· Attiya Inayatullah (Pakistan), Member of the National Assembly of
Pakistan and former Minister for Women Development Social Welfare
· Nasser David Khalili (United Kingdom), Scholar and entrepreneur,
Founder of the Khalili Collections; Chairman of the Maimonides
Foundation and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
· Amin Maalouf (Lebanon), author, Member of the Académie française.
Prix Goncourt in 1993 (Novel:“The Rock of Tanios”). Awarded the
Prince of Asturias Award for Literature (2010 edition)
· Luc Montagnier (France), Virologist, laureate of the 2008 Nobel Prize
in Physiology or Medicine
· Jean Ping (Gabon), former Chairperson of the Commission of the
African Union (2008-2012), President of the fifty-ninth session of the
United Nations General Assembly, and former Minister for Foreign
Affairs, Cooperation and la Francophonie of the Gabonese Republic
· Laetitia Yamon Sagno (Guinea), Vice-President of "O.S.E.R. l’Afrique”
and Project Manager on Africa of the Center for Studies and
· Rabbi Arthur Schneier (USA), President of the Appeal of Conscience
Foundation, New York
· Vladimir Yakunin (Russian Federation), Founding President of theWorld Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”
The Panel’s discussions will be held over two sessions in the morning and the afternoon. Journalists are invited to follow the afternoon session from 3 pm to 5 pm (Room 2).
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