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The main goal of the round-table was threefold: 1) sharing best practices in the field of intercultural dialogue, including some country surveys; 2) promotion of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity as an important tool for formulation and implementation of policies in the field of culture; 3) presentation and discussion of the project “Central Asian platform for cultural cooperation and dialogue” that could be instrumental to face today’s challenges through new information and network technologies.
On 7 June, in the framework of the Round Table, a regional Workshop of UNESCO Chairs in Central Asia took place. The main task of the workshop was to strengthen cooperation between UNESCO Chairs and the broader network of UNESCO Chairs/UNITWIN on interreligious and intercultural dialogue.
In conclusion, the Round Table participants have discussed and adopted recommendations that are also included in the Proceedings.
Overall, the proposed structure of these proceedings fully reflects the program of the Round Table (4-6 June) and Workshop of UNESCO Chairs (June 7); in addition, included are materials from authors who were not able to attend the meeting. Also, enclosed are final Recommendations, UNESCO Declaration on Cultural Diversity, as well as the list of participants. We found it necessary to translate materials into English, which are presented in a summary form.
Work on compiling, editing, and production of the publication was done by the Institute of Oriental Studies, in close collaboration with the staff at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris – Klara Issak kyzy, Rosa Guerreiro, Adiba Asadova, to whom we express our sincere gratitude for their valuable comments, high level of professionalism, organizational support, and goodwill. It is important to note an indispensable assistance of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan (Francois Langlois, Yuri Peshkov, Elena Gorovykh, William Shahgulari) in the organization of the Round Table and Workshop, as well as the Proceedings. I would also like to thank the staff of the Institute of Oriental Studies involved in the organization of the Round Table and work on these proceedings (Asel Berlibaeva, Aigul Kistaubaeva, Dina Mederova, Ayzhan Nurmanova, Zaure Tabynbaeva, Laura Yerekesheva, Timur Zhumanov). And finally, I express my appreciation to all authors and participants of the Round Table and Workshop;
without whose presentations and speeches, this publication would not have been possible. My gratitude, in large part, is linked to the fact that authors provided a variety of methods and best practices from the experiences of their organizations in Central Asia and abroad, which will be relevant to our work in the region. It is fortunate that UNESCO has been able to promote the original idea of cultural diversity by laying the institutional framework, as well as the new level of interreligious and intercultural interaction as shown at this Round Table. Therefore, in the future, we can only expect new dimensions of cooperation.
It is hoped that this publication will be of great help for all who face issues of intercultural and interreligious dialogue and diversity, that is, virtually every one of us as these issues are deeply and permanently interwoven in the modern social, cultural, political, and economic development, making it impossible to separate them from our activities. The presentations, practical and educational recommendations, as well as academic research approaches perhaps reflect the main goal of the Round Table and the Declaration itself – we are all different, but we are all unique; unity is possible through diversity, and cultural diversity is necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature.
Director, Institute of Oriental Studies Kazakhstan “... culture should be regarded as the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group, and that it encompasses, in addition to art and literature, lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs”.
UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity.
AGENDA4 June 2007, Monday Venue: Assembly of People of Kazakhstan (http://www.assembly.
kz) 9:00–9:30 Registration of participants/guests 9:30–10:30 Opening Ceremony of the Round Table and Inauguration of the Exhibition “Central Asian Diversity:
Serik Seydumanov, Deputy Mayor of Almaty Sergey Dyachenko, Vice-Chairperson, Assembly of People of Kazakhstan Meruert Abusseitova, Director, Institute of Oriental Studies Barbara Sivertsen, Program Director “Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief” Rosa Guerreiro, Program Specialist, Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue (UNESCO Headquarters, Paris) Laura Kennedy, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan Dulat Kuanyshev, Ambassador in charge, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan 10:30–10:45 Coffee/tea break Election of the Drafting Committee. M. Abusseitova (Kazakhstan), E. Korchueva (Kyrgyzstan), G. Mamedov (Tajikistan), К. Djuraev (Uzbekistan), S. Shankman (USA) 10: 45–18:30 First Round Table on the Exchange and Sharing of Good Practices in Intercultural Dialogue.
10:45–13:00 First Session: Results of Country Based Surveys L. Akhmetova. Kazakhstan in intercultural dialogue: initiatives, individuals, and best practices А. Dyusekova. Activities of the National Commission of Kazakhstan for UNESCO in the promotion of intercultural and interreligious dialogue Z. Zakieva. Intercultural dialogue in the context of international development G. Musabai. Organizations of Kyrgyzstan working in the field of culture and promoting intercultural dialogue in the country А. Naizabekova. Role of public organizations in the development of intercultural dialogue and cooperation in Kyrgyzstan – best practices M. Babadjanova, A. Rakhmatov. Intercultural dialogue in Tajikistan. Educational and cultural programs: kaleidoscope of cultures G. Mamedov. Museum as a tool for intercultural dialogue 13:00–14:30 Lunch 14.30–15:10 Continuation of the first session А. Ikramov. State policy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the field of intercultural dialogue K. Djuraev. Role of education in the development and strengthening of intercultural dialogue in the Republic of Uzbekistan 15:10–15:40 Questions/discussion 15:40–17:30 Second session: Presentation of good practices К. Issak kyzy. First festival on Cultural Diversity and Dialogue in Central Asia, organized at the UNESCO Headquarters (Paris) 16:00–16:15 Coffee/tea break A. Doron. Educating towards acceptance of the “other” and intercultural dialogue V. Grebnev. Objectives and activities of the Republican Fund of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan on international dialogue R. Lehr-Lehnardt. The power of the story in teaching for tolerance S. Shankman. Gown, town and globe: the new UNESCO Chair at the University of Oregon W. Weisse. Religion in education. A contribution to interreligious and intercultural dialogue or a factor of conflict in Europe? A report on the REDCo-project R. Temirbekov. Findings of Eurasia Foundation (Kazakhstan) working with indigenous communities 17:45–18:30 Questions/discussion 19:00 Reception on behalf of the Assembly of Peoples of Kazakhstan, Institute of Oriental Studies and UNESCO 5 June 2007, Tuesday 09:30–13:00 Second Round Table on the Promotion of the UNESCO Declaration on Cultural Diversity and Mainstreaming its Principles into National Cultural Policies: Exchange of Lessons Learnt.
09:00–12:00 Working session Y. Onghena. From multiculturalism to transculturalism? Ways of thinking about cultural diversity А. Toktosunova. UNESCO’s strategy in the field of cultural diversity М. Shahidi. UNESCO Declaration on Cultural Diversity: discourse before and after publication in the journal ‘FONUS’ N7, S. Pak. Education as a way of integration in polyethnic societies Т. Yurchenko. Presentation of the publication “Mosaic of Cultures” initiated by UNESCO 11:00–11: G. Bilyalova. Ethnic memory as a basis of intercultural dialogue in Central Asia (theoretical and practical aspects) B. Sivertsen. Good practices: presentation of the Oslo Coalitions program on teaching for tolerance 12:00–13:00 Questions/discussion 13:00–14: 30 Lunch 14:30–18:00 Third Round Table: Central Asian Platform for Strengthening Cultural Cooperation and Dialogue 14:30–17:00 Working session:
D. Chochunbaeva. Dialogue of cultures in Central Asia – experience of the Central Asian Crafts Support Association (CACSA) network activities D. Shorokhov. Website “Women and culture in Central Asia” as a platform for intercultural and interethnic dialogue D. Azimova. Intercultural Dialogue as pre-requisite for regional integration in Central Asia К. Tashbaeva. Experience of the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) in the promotion of intercultural dialogue G. Abikeyeva. Film festival “Eurasia” as a crossroad of East and West cultures М. Hauser. Intercultural program of UNESCO and UNITWIN/ UNESCO Chairs on Interreligious Dialogue for Intercultural Understanding 16:00–16:15 Coffee/tea break М. Kovcs. Presentation of the “Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa” and commentary on the Central Asian Cultural Platform for Cooperation and Dialogue F. Le Duc, G. Mamedov. Summary presentation of the project “Central Asian cultural platform for cooperation and dialogue»
17:00–18:00 Questions/discussion 6 June 2007, Wednesday 09:30–11:00 Continuation of the Round Table: questions/ discussion 11:00–11:15 Coffee/tea break 11:15–13:00 Study Visit to the Central State Museum of Kazakhstan Preparation of the Recommendations by the Drafting Committee 13:30–14:30 Lunch 15:00–18:00 Discussion and adoption of the Round Table’s 16:30–16:45 Coffee/tea break 19:00 Reception offered by Mr Tasmagambetov, Chairman of the National Commission of Kazakhstan for UNESCO, Mayor of Concert by the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan 7 June 2007 Departure of participants There is a need to reinforce practical and effective action in the field of intercultural and interreligious dialogue to eradicate stereotypes and promote universally shared values and human rights.
The workshop will gather essentially the Chairs from Central Asia Region with resource persons from abroad to discuss pedagogical materials and examine the possibility of a regional pertinent publication to be produced and disseminated. The ultimate goal is to strengthen these regional Chairs within the broader network of the UNITWIN network on Interreligious Dialogue for Intercultural Understanding.