Qatar to Host Meeting of Dialogue among Civilizations
Qatar will host the third meeting of the Dialogue among Civilizations on Wednesday and Thursday, reported the Gulf Times on Sunday.
The meeting is expected to be attended by public figures such as Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, Hanan Ashrawi from Palestine and Ahmed Jamal Abulmajd from Egypt, said the paper.
Participants from several countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and North and South America are also to attend.
Ali bin Ahmed Al Kubaisi, the dean of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Qatar, who is a participant in the dialogue, said the emir, Sheikh Hamad Al Thani, gave great attention to the issue of dialogue among civilizations in view of its vital and positive role in establishment of pillars of security, stability and peaceful co-existence in the world.
At a press conference, Kubaisi pointed out that the emir, while attending a roundtable dialogue among civilizations at the UN on September 5 last year, welcomed Qatar’s hosting of the third Dialogue among Civilizations.
The roundtable was chaired by the director general of UNESCO and was attended by the UN secretary general and 12 heads of states.
All participants in the roundtable resolved that with the help of such a dialogue among civilizations, all nations would be able to replace hostility and confrontation with discourse and understanding.
Kubaisi said: "The third Doha meeting of Dialogue among Civilizations will be attended by 20 eminent persons selected by the UN secretary general after consultations to prepare a book focusing on issues of identity and perception of cultural diversity, international relations, the new role of the UN under the prevailing changes, in a bid to lay strong foundations of peace and security among human beings."
The Dialogue among Civilizations was first proposed by the Iranian president and has been endorsed by the 53rd session of UN General Assembly, which consequently declared the year 2001 the UN year of Dialogue among Civilizations – Albawaba.com