Culture, Heritage and Diversity


Conference of Ministers responsible for Culture on "Intercultural dialogue as a basis for peace and sustainable development in Europe and its neighbouring regions" (Baku, Azerbaijan, Gulustan Palace, 2 – 3 December 2008)

 

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).

 

Documents


Programme

Background paper

Round table

Panel 1

Panel 2

List of participants

Conference reader

 

Final 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

 

Speeches


Speakers’ contributions:

 

ARAB LEAGUE EDUCATIONAL, CULTURAL AND SCIENTIFIC ORGANISATION (ALECSO)

Mr Mongi Bousnina, Director General

 

AZERBAIJAN

Mr Abulfas M. Garayev, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan

 

CYPRUS

Ms Eleni S. Nikita, Director of Cultural Services, Ministry of Culture (Speech only available in French)

 

COUNCIL OF EUROPE

Right Honourable Terry Davis, Secretary General

Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Director General of DGIV and Co-ordinator for Intercultural Dialogue

Mr Robert Palmer, Director of Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage

Mr Rafael Huseynov, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Committee on Culture, Science and Education

 

CROATIA

Mr. Božo Biškupić, Minister of Culture

 

DENMARK

Mr Arnold Christian de Fine Skibsted, Ambassador for Human Rights

 

EGYPT

Mr Farouk Hosni, Minister of Culture (Speech only available in Arabic)

 

ESTONIA

Mr Siim Sukles, Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture

 

EUROMED PLATFORM

Ms Gerarda Ventura, Vice-President (Speech only available in French)

 

EUROPA NOSTRA

Ms Irina Subotić, Council Member and Serbia President, Europa Nostra and Europa Nostra Serbia

 

FINLAND

Mr Kimmo Aulake, Deputy Head of Division, Directorate General for Cultural, Youth and Sports Policy, Ministry of Education and Culture

 

GEORGIA

Mr David Jalagania, Deputy Minister of Culture, Monuments Protection and Sport

 

GREECE

Mrs Zoé Kazazaki, Head of the Department of International Relations, Ministry of Culture (Speech only available in French)

 

HOLY SEE

Mons. Claudio Gugerotti, Apostolic Nuncio in Azerbaijan (Speech only available in French)

 

ISLAMIC EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (ISESCO)

Mr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director General

 

ITALY

Mr Giuseppe Proietti, Secretary General of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities

 

MALAYSIA

Mr Boon Soon Teng, Deputy Minister of Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage

 

NETHERLANDS

Mr Jan Cornelis Henneman, Acting Director General for Regional Policy and Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

NORWAY

Mr Halvard Ingebrigtsen, State Secretary of Culture

 

POLAND

Mr Bogdan Zdrojewski, Minister of Culture and National Heritage

 

QATAR

Mr Hamad Abdulaziz Al-Kavari, Minister of Culture, Art and Heritage (Speech only available in Arabic)

 

SERBIA

Mr Nebojsa Bradic, Minister of Culture

 

"THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA"

Mr Dragan Nedeljkovikj, Deputy Minister of Culture TURKEY Mr Ertuğrul Günay, Minister of Culture and Tourism

 

UKRAINE

Speech by Vasyl Vovkun, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine given by Mr Tmofy Kokhan, Deputy Minister of Culture

 

UN ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS

Mr Marc Scheuer, Director of the Secretariat of the UN Alliance of Civilizations

 

Written contribution:

 

AZERBAIJAN

Ms Mehriban Aliyeva, President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO



 

Multimedia

Video spot
Video of the opening ceremony (part.1)
Video of the opening ceremony (part.2)
Video of the opening ceremony (part.3)

 

Texts of reference

White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue
Faro Declaration on the Strategy for Developing Intercultural Dialogue

 

Contact

Kathrin Merkle
+33 388 41 28 84