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Civilizations and the Challenge for Peace: Obstacles and Opportunities
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Friday, 04 May 2007
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(New York, 27 April 2007): United Nations General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Al Khalifa will convene on 10-11 May 2007, at UN Headquarters in New York, the third informal thematic debate of the Assembly, which will focus on "Civilizations and the Challenge for Peace: Obstacles and Opportunities."

The main objective of the debate is to explore the reasons behind the growing level of mistrust between people of different religions and cultures; and to examine how and why cultural and religious differences increasingly fuel, and are used to justify, conflicts. A number of prominent commentators, academics and political figures will participate over two days in four separate panel discussions on the following themes:

• Respect for Cultural Diversity as a Prerequisite for Dialogue
(Thursday 10 May, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Trusteeship Council Chamber)

• Religion in Contemporary Society
(Thursday 10 May, 3:00-6:00 p.m., Trusteeship Council Chamber)

• The Responsibility of the Media
(Friday 11 May, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Trusteeship Council Chamber)

• Civilizations and the Challenge for Global Peace and Security
(Friday 11 May, 3:00-6:00 p.m., Trusteeship Council Chamber)

In addition to the above panel discussions, there will be two side events:

• A piano recital by Lebanese pianist and composer Abdel Rahman El Bacha
(Thursday 10 May, 6:15-7:40 p.m., General Assembly Hall)

• A round table discussion on the arts, with the theme "How Can the UN better use the arts in further developing strategies to bridge gaps between cultures?"
(Friday 11 May, 1:15-3:00 p.m., Conference Room 3)


A concept paper, detailed programme for the debate and bios of panelists and round table participants are available on the un.org web site.
 
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