By Michael Baggot
Chairman of the UNESCO Chair, Alberto García, participated in “The Academic Forum of UNESCO Chairs on Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue” in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan on May 19-20. The event took place under the framework of the third World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue “Shared Cultures for Shared Security.” García’s participation recalls the UNESCO Chair’s commitment to fostering multicultural and interreligious dialogue as one of its chief areas of interest.
The event’s main goal was presented as follows:
A major aim of the Academic Forum is to launch a state-of-the-art assessment of ongoing research in the area of interreligious and intercultural dialogue. The Forum will seek to establish closer linkages between research and policy-making and, in particular, develop mechanisms for a dynamic and effective articulation between the UNESCO Chairs/Network and the Baku WFID.
The Academic Forum is intended to strengthen the coordination and cooperation for intercultural understanding and sustainable development. It will discuss key steps and actions to build an effective contribution of UNESCO Chairs to the implementation of the Action Plan for the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022).