“Intercultural dialogue – the way ahead”
Ministerial Conference, 27-28 October 2005 in
The programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of the European Cultural Convention ended in October 2005 with a meeting of the European ministers of culture. The main focus of the Conference, which was chaired by the Portuguese Minister of Culture Mrs Pires de Lima, was the promotion of intercultural dialogue within European societies and between Europe and neighbouring regions – the southern shores of the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Central Asia. The Conference adopted the “Faro Declaration on the Council of Europe’s Strategy for Developing Intercultural Dialogue”. Additionally, the Secretary General signed with UNESCO a “Declaration of Intent on the setting up of an open platform of inter-institutional cooperation for intercultural dialogue”, as well as cooperation agreements with the “Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures” and the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO). Following the decisions of the Warsaw Summit earlier in the year, the Conference was also used to advance the cooperation between the Council of Europe, UNESCO and the European Union on common cultural objectives.
European ministers call on Council of Europe to boost
dialogue between neighbouring regions
European ministers of culture, education, youth and sport have urged the Council of
Europe to consider new measures to boost intercultural and inter-religious
dialogue between neighbouring regions - in particular with the southern
shore of the Mediterranean, according to the Wroclaw Declaration adopted in
the Polish city. The declaration is addressed to the Council of Europe’s
Committee of Ministers and the governments of the 48 countries covered by
the convention, and will also be submitted to the Summit of Council of
Europe Heads of State and Government in Warsaw on 16 and 17 May 2005.
Defining the way ahead for European cultural policy
of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport from across Europe gathered
at the Ossolinski National Institute in Wroclaw,
Poland, on 9 and 10 December 2004 to launch the
celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Council of Europe’s
European Cultural Convention. Participants at the conference analysed
50 years of achievements and discussed future
co-operation. The conference concluded with the
adoption of a ''Wroclaw Declaration'', suggesting the main lines of action
for future Council of Europe-led collaboration in these areas.