On April 25-27, 2016, the 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOCA) will be held in Baku city of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The UNAOC 7th Global Forum with the theme of “Living Together in Inclusive Societies: A Challenge and A Goal” will harness the multiple perspectives of various sectors to meet the challenge of, and progress towards, inclusive living in today’s increasingly diverse societies.
UNAOC will utilize this forum to address these challenges by focusing on “Preventing Violent Extremism” and “Best Practices in Social Inclusion” in two plenaries. The two Plenary Sessions will have a duration of two hours each, with 5 participants from various sectors and a moderator, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Breakout Sessions will last for 1.5 hours, and will have 6 panelists and a moderator.
The Forum will provide a platform to discuss the way forward to build societies based on genuine respect for everyone’s rights including freedom of belief, equal opportunities, and good governance as well as an inclusive framework of tolerance and respect for diversity. These sub-themes have obvious resonance with UNAOC activities, which will be further explored in breakout sessions and networking sessions with current and potential partners.
The Expected outcomes of the Forum are as follows:
? The global consolidation of UNAOC as a platform for the theme of Living Together in Inclusive Societies; the discussion of relevant best practices; and ways to overcome the challenge and goal of living inclusively together.
? A Baku Declaration where the UNAOC Group of Friends will issue a declaration on the imperative of Living Together in Inclusive Societies. A round of consultations will take place prior to the Forum on the suggested text.
? New partnerships between UNAOC and other entities.
? Launching the UNAOC Advisory Council and etc.
Further information about the 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations can be obtained fromhttp://baku.unaoc.org/ website.
Note: Individuals, who are willing to join the 7th UNAOC Global Forum on their own expenses, are to be registered at the EXPRESSION OF INTEREST section of the official website of the Forum (http://registerbaku.unaoc.org/expression-of-interest/).