Ministerial Conference

Conference of Ministers responsible for Culture
2-3 December 2008, Baku, Azerbaijan

Organised on the theme of ''Intercultural dialogue as a basis for peace and sustainable development in Europe and its neighbouring regions'', the conference forms a sequel to the publication in May 2008 of the Council of Europe ''White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue''.

The Baku Conference is the first ministerial level encounter devoted to the practical follow-up to this crucial document and its recommendations regarding culture and heritage. It allows us to move from the theory to the practice of dialogue. Intercultural dialogue is among the priorities set by the Summit of Heads of State and Government in Warsaw (2005).

At the invitation of the Azerbaijani authorities, the Conference gathered the 49 signatory States of the European Cultural Convention and the Ministers of certain member states of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) and of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO).
Ministers of culture adopt Baku declaration
A final declaration for the promotion of intercultural dialogue was agreed by the ministers of culture from European countries and neighbouring regions at the conference. (more ...)
Final Declaration
Terry Davis, Council of Europe Secretary GeneralTerry Davis: ''Intercultural dialogue should not be reduced to exchanges of benevolent platitudes at international seminars''
''The objective is to encourage dialogue between real people about real problems in real life and to move from dialogue about dialogue to dialogue'' declared the Secretary General at the Conference, in Baku on 2 November.
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Terry Davis receives ISESCO award
The Secretary General has received the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation Gold Medal during the conference. (more ...)
Reference sites
Conference site
Culture division
About the Conference
Background document
carré bleuSpeech by Abulfaz Garayev
carré bleuSpeech by Siim Sukles
carré bleuSpeech by Farid Mukhametshin
carré bleuSpeech by Abdulaziz Altwaijti
Video spot
carré bleuVideo of the opening ceremony (part.1)
carré bleuVideo of the opening ceremony (part.2)
carré bleuVideo of the opening ceremony (part.3)
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Reference texts
White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue
Faro Declaration on the Strategy for Developing Intercultural Dialogue
More information
Fact Sheet
Related file
Intercultural and interreligious dialogue